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Cougs drop one spot on my BlogPoll ballot

Posted by Jeff Nusser on January 9, 2008

After a couple of weeks off for the holidays — between driving from house to house all over Western Washington at Christmastime to spending seven days in Anaheim, five of them at Disneyland, there just wasn’t a lot of time to watch basketball — I’ve resumed casting my ballot for the BlogPoll Top 25, the most recent results of which you can find to the right of your page.

The most notable change on my ballot, which you’ll find below, is that I’ve dropped the Cougs below UCLA. It may not be fair, given that the Cougs didn’t lose to UW, but it wasn’t exactly an overwhelming performance, either. On the other hand, UCLA going into the Bay Area and beating both Stanford and Cal — both of whom had been playing excellent basketball up until that point — warranted some recognition.

Apparently, the other pollsters agreed, as the Bruins moved up into a tie with the Cougs at No. 4.

Of course, we’ll know for sure who is the better team, if only for a month or so, on Saturday. Can’t wait for that one — Cougs then Seahawks? I’ll be in heaven. (It actually could conceivably be the most ruinous six hours of my weekend, but I don’t want to think about that.)

So, without further ado, here’s my ballot, along with some brief comments at the end:

1. North Carolina
2. Memphis
3. Kansas
5. Washington St.
6. Michigan St.
7. Tennessee
8. Duke
9. Georgetown
10. Marquette
11. Indiana
12. Vanderbilt
13. Texas A&M
14. Butler
15. Dayton
16. Texas
17. Ole Miss
18. Clemson
19. Rhode Island
20. Villanova
21. Pittsburgh
22. Wisconsin
23. Stanford
24. Arizona State
25. Xavier

Thoughts …

  •  The top nine are solid, but man, it gets crazy after that. Nos. 10-20 all seem to belong in there, but they all seem fairly similar. The real struggle came in trying to figure out the last five. It just seems like nobody is really that good, but I had to put someone in there.
  • I probably could have dropped Marquette after its road loss to West Virginia, but the Mountaineers were themselves a fringe-top 25 team until losing at Notre Dame, so that doesn’t strike me as all that bad. I still think they’re a darn good team, although that was before Dominic James went down hard last night. Still no word on his status.
  • That Vanderbilt isn’t getting more love from the other bloggers is a joke. Yes, the Commodores’ competition hasn’t been top notch, but they’ve won virtually all of their games by comfortable margins, the most recent over fringe top 25er UMass. They have a dominant big man in Andrew Ogilvie and a wing threat in Shan Foster. They’re legit.
  • We’ll find out more about Dayton and Rhode Island tonight, as they square off in an early A-10 showdown.
  • I’ve been among the biggest critics of Clemson and the Tigers’ annual parade of non-conference patsies, but color me a lot more convinced after that inspired effort against North Carolina. They would have probably won that game if not for an ill-advised steal attempt in the closing seconds. Now, can they duplicate that kind of effort on the road?
  • I’m curious to see how Pitt holds up with all the injuries. No Fields, no Cook … that’s an awful lot to put on the broad shoulders of young DeJuan Blair, who did not seem to respond well to the added responsibility with a 5-for-14 night in the loss to Villanova.
  • So, let me get this straight: Arizona State has a dominant win over an established top 25 team and then starts out 2-0 in the toughest conference in the country with wins over former top 25 team Oregon and Oregon State? Granted, it was at home, but Herb Sendek has the Devils playing some amazing ball right now, and James Hardin is the best freshman in the conference — yes, better than that guy from USC.

One Response to “Cougs drop one spot on my BlogPoll ballot”

  1. Longball said

    Honestly, i have no argument against anyone who thinks we arent worthy of our #4 ranking… so far. This week is our chance to EARN our most prestigous ranking ever. GO COUGS!

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