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The People's Poll: Week 14

Posted on: February 15, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 4:57 pm

Welcome to the Week 14 People's Poll!         

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the 2010 Week 14 People's Poll!

 1. (39) KANSAS (E) 999      24-1      HR-1 LR-2       AP-1, CP-1, GP-1, POM-1, RPI-1, SOS-12

Feb 8: Won at (14) Texas 80-68
Feb 13: Won vs Iowa St 73-59

"With many top notch programs struggling this year (UCLA, Connecticut, UNC to name a few), at least we have Kansas and Kentucky living up to expectation and currently on pace to face each other on Monday night in April." -Canuck23

 2. (1) KENTUCKY (+1) 957      24-1      HR-1 LR-4       AP-2, CP-2, GP-2, POM-11, RPI-5, SOS-53    

Feb 9: Won vs Alabama 66-55
Feb 14: Won vs (15) Tennessee 73-62

"Tennessee gave a great effort and had the Wildcats fans nervous for a bit, but Kentucky just had way too much talent." -Lobofan2003

 3. VILLANOVA (+1) 914      22-2      HR-2 LR-4       AP-3, CP-3, GP-3, POM-12, RPI-3, SOS-31    

Feb 8: Won at (4) W Virginia 82-75
Feb 13: Won vs Providence 92-81

"Scottie will be tough to beat down the stretch no matter who the opponent." -Shaunyboy

 4. PURDUE (+2) 862      21-3      HR-3 LR-7       AP-4, CP-4, GP-5, POM-7, RPI-10, SOS-46    

Feb 9: Won at (11) Michigan St 75-64
Feb 13: Won vs Iowa 63-40

"Boilers get a nice confidence-building win in East Lansing followed by a comprehensive blowout of Iowa at home." -Wachoosay

 5. SYRACUSE (-3) 849      24-2      HR-3 LR-7       AP-5, CP-5, GP-4, POM-5, RPI-4, SOS-11    

Feb 10: Won vs Connecticut 72-67
Feb 14: Lost vs Louisville 60-66

"Is it just me or is Syracuse starting to play down to the competition.  Only beating UCONN by 5 and losing to Louisville might mean that Syracuse is not hitting their stride at the wrong time of year." -Crazylegs0721

 6. DUKE (+3) 783      21-4      HR-2 LR-10       AP-6, CP-6, GP-7, POM-2, RPI-2, SOS-7

Feb 10: Won at N Carolina 64-54
Feb 13: Won vs (32) Maryland 77-56

"Taking care of business, and seeming to become much more cohesive.Sitting alone atop the ACC." -W-Catbball21

 7. KANSAS STATE (E) 777      20-4      HR-4 LR-9       AP-7, CP-7, GP-6, POM-10, RPI-7, SOS-6

Feb 13: Won vs Colorado 68-51

"Still in the lull before the storm, schedule-wise." -Sportemind

 8. OHIO STATE (+4) 660      20-6      HR-5 LR-14       AP-9, CP-12, GP-9, POM-9, RPI-30, SOS-82    

Feb 10: Won at Indiana 69-52
Feb 14: Won at (38) Illinois 72-53

"Have some real good games coming up to finish off the Big 10 season.  We are going to see if Evan Turner alone is enough to take home the Big 10 crown." -Crazylegs0721

 9. NEW MEXICO (+4) 621      23-3      HR-6 LR-NR       AP-12, CP-15, GP-11, POM-33, RPI-9, SOS-49    

Feb 10: Won at (19) UNLV 76-66
Feb 13: Won at Utah 68-65 (ot)

"Is this too high?  Maybe--attack away.  But the numbers (RPI, SOS) say otherwise, and they just picked up two road wins over pretty good teams.  I did not manage to catch the Lobos squeaking by Utah, but rumor is this Hobson guy is good." -Schildkrotte

 10. WEST VIRGINIA (-5) 617      19-5      HR-6 LR-NR       AP-8, CP-8, GP-8, POM-4, RPI-6, SOS-1    

Feb 8: Lost vs (4) Villanova 75-82
Feb 12: Lost at (27) Pittsburgh 95-98 (3ot)

"Heartbreaking 3 over-time loss at Pitt and West Virginia is suddenly experiencing their 2nd hiccup this season." -Kunflmlbnba+

 11. MICHIGAN STATE (E) 553      20-6      HR-8 LR-23       AP-11, CP-11, GP-10, POM-23, RPI-26, SOS-36    

Feb 8: Lost vs (6) Purdue 64-75
Feb 13: Won at Penn St 65-54

"Starting to slip again, Michigan State needs to keep it together down the stretch." -W-Catbball21

 12. GEORGETOWN (-4) 536      18-6      HR-6 LR-23       AP-10, CP-10, GP-14, POM-17, RPI-8, SOS-2    

Feb 9: Won at Providence 79-70
Feb 14: Lost at Rutger 66-71

"They play to the level of their competition, it bit them in the rear again against Rutgers. Have to wonder if they have that killer instinct needed in the NCAA tournament." -Lobofan2003

 13. WISCONSIN (-3) 494      19-6      HR-9 LR-NR        AP-14, CP-16, GP-12, POM-3, RPI-18, SOS-16    

Feb 9: Lost vs (38) Illinois 56-63
Feb 13: Won at Indiana 83-55

"A home loss?  Wow; what happened there?" -Schildkrotte

 14. GONZAGA (+2) 460      21-4      HR-8 LR-NR       AP-13, CP-9, GP-15, POM-40, RPI-20, SOS-59    

Feb 11: Won vs (31) St Mary's 80-61
Feb 13: Won vs San Diego 82-65

"Many think this team is a bit over-rated, but I believe they are one of the most talented teams in college hoops this year and their ranking should be reflective of that. " -Kunflmlbnba+

 15. TEXAS (-1) 425      20-5      HR-10 LR-25       AP-15, CP-17, GP-13, POM-8, RPI-28, SOS-48    

Feb 8: Lost vs (1) Kansas 68-80
Feb 13: Won vs Nebraska 91-51

"Could be totally out next week with two tough road games. This week will show us the real Texas." -Pels

 16. VANDERBILT (+5) 376      19-5      HR-9 LR-21       AP-17, CP-19, GP-20, POM-31, RPI-15, SOS-25    

Feb 9: Won vs (15) Tennessee 90-71
Feb 13: Won vs LSU 77-69

"Big week for Vandy already Swept Tennessee and now got Ole Miss and Kentucky this week." -Jasonwells1982

 17. BUTLER (E) 364      23-4      HR-8 LR-NR       AP-18, CP-13, GP-22, POM-30, RPI-16, SOS-65    

Feb 8: Won vs Loyola-Chicago 62-47
Feb 11: Won vs Youngstown St 68-57
Feb 13: Won vs Cleveland St 70-59

"That perfect conference mark looks nice, the 50+ sos does not." -Shaunyboy

 18. BYU (E) 314      23-3      HR-10 LR-NR       AP-16, CP-14, GP-24, POM-6, RPI-23, SOS-116    

Feb 13: Won vs Air Force 91-48

"The New Mexico game will define their season." -Marinoisgod

 19. TEMPLE (+1) 263      20-5      HR-11 LR-NR       AP-21, CP-20, GP-16, POM-37, RPI-11, SOS-29    

Feb 13: Won vs (29) Rhode Island 78-56

"Strong comeback after loss at Richmond, and have the easiest schedule left of the top teams in the A10." -Sportemind

 20. WAKE FOREST (+4) 245      18-5      HR-13 LR-NR       AP-23, CP-25, GP-23, POM-29, RPI-13, SOS-27    

Feb 9: Won vs Boston College 92-85
Feb 13: Won vs (28) Georgia Tech 75-64

"The Deacons are trying to assert themselves as the second best team in a muddled up Atlantic Coast Conference." -Wachoosay

 21. TEXAS AnM (+2) 240      18-6      HR-12 LR-NR       AP-24, CP-23, GP-17, POM-36, RPI-12, SOS-9    

Feb 13: Won at Texas Tech 67-65

"Aggies are really playing good basketball and are tied for 2nd in the Big 12. Donald Sloan is one of the underrated players in the country." -Lobofan2003

 22. BAYLOR (E) 219      19-5      HR-13 LR-NR       AP-22, CP-22, GP-18, POM-15, RPI-17, SOS-22    

Feb 10: Won at Nebraska 55-53
Feb 13: Won vs (35) Missouri 64-62

"With that pt guard and the most athletic frontline in the country no one wants to play this team in the Tournament." -Marinoisgod

 23. PITTSBURGH (+4) 201      19-6      HR-13 LR-NR       AP-19, CP-21, GP-19, POM-28, RPI-13, SOS-8    

Feb 8: Won vs Robert Morris 77-53
Feb 12: Won vs (5) W Virginia 95-98 (3ot)

"Have strung together a 3 game win streak after losing 4 of 5, but I doubt that streak will last the upcoming week." -Sportemind

 24. TENNESSEE (-9) 141      18-6      HR-17 LR-NR       AP-20, CP-18, GP-21, POM-32, RPI-21, SOS-20    

Feb 9: Lost at (21) Vanderbilt 71-90
Feb 3: Lost at (3) Kentucky 62-73

"Vols put forth a much better effort against Kentucky than they did against Vandy.  Still, a 2-loss week for them." -Wachoosay

 25. VIRGINIA TECH (+9) 40      20-4      HR-20 LR-NR       AP-27, CP-26, GP-25, POM-24, RPI-50, SOS-161    

Feb 10: Won at N Carolina St 72-52
Feb 10: Won vs Virginia 61-55

"This week will be a measuring stick for the Hokies. A split against Wake and Duke would be a big step for this program." -Canuck23


Biggest jump: Virginia Tech (+9)            Biggest fall: Tennessee (-9)    

Others receiving votes: 
Richmond 32, UTEP 22, Xavier 8, Northern Iowa 6, UNLV 4, Illinois 4, Utah State 4, Missouri 3, Rhode Island 3, Clemson 2, Florida State 1, California 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big 10  (.0302)
  2. Big 12  (.0305)
  3. Big East  (.0901) 
  4. ACC  (.0908)
  5. Mountain West  (.1007) 
  6. SEC (.1103)
  7. Atlantic 10  (.1309)
  8. West Coast  (.1504) 
  9. Horizon  (.1806) 
  10. Missouri Valley  (.2111) 
  11. Western Athletic (.2112) 
  12. USA  (.2310) 
  13. PAC 10 (.2313)   

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

The TPP Week Ahead

Kansas @ Texas A&M (Monday)-
Kansas brings a balanced attack from Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, and Marcus Morris into College Station to take on a hot Aggies team. The Aggies haven't really missed a beat since losing star player Derrick Roland to a season-ending knee injury. Donald Sloan is leading the Aggies with over 18 points per game, but the Aggies are also getting solid contributions from BJ Holmes, Bryan Davis, and David Loubeau. We have seen #1 teams go down on the road this year, will this be another upset?

Purdue @ Ohio State (Wednesday)- This begins a very tough week for the Buckeyes who will look to remain in 1st place in the Big 10. Everyone knows about Evan Turner, but the key to the Buckeyes very well may be other players like William Buford, Jon Diebler, and David Lauderdale. If they can help Turner out in the scoring and rebounding departments the Buckeyes stand a good chance to win at home. But don't count out the Boilermakers in this game just yet, they are tied with the Buckeyes and Spartans in the loss game, winning 7 in a row since their 3 game losing streak. If the Boilermakers can win out they have a chance at a #1 seed.

Syracuse @ Georgetown (Thursday)- A big battle between Big East teams that are kind of struggling at the moment. Both teams are coming off losses to teams they should have beat (Syracuse at home against Louisville and Georgetown @ Rutgers). The key to the game will be if the Georgetown guards can penetrate into the middle of the Syracuse zone to open up looks from the perimeter of for Greg Monroe. Syracuse is just going to have give more effort, period. They looked lethargic against Louisville.

Siena @ Butler (Saturday)- On Bracketbuster weekend I thought it was important to highlight the biggest Bracketbuster game. The game has lost some of its luster after Siena lost to Niagara on Friday, but this is still a game between two quality Mid-Majors. Butler has not lost a conference game so this will provide a big test for them. If Siena is going to have any chance to win they need to slow down Butler's 2 H's, Hayward and Howard. This is a crucial game for the Saints who in all likelihood need to win this game to have any chance at an At-Large bid.

Kentucky @ Vanderbilt (Saturday)- If Kentucky can through a tough test at Mississippi St. they may get a chance to move up to #1 with a win at Vanderbilt depending on what happens with Kansas earlier in the week. Winning at Vanderbilt is no easy task with the odd court setup, not to mention the fact that Vanderbilt is probably the 2nd best team in the SEC this year. A.J. Oglivy did not have a very good game at Rupp when the two teams met earlier in the year, he will be looking to have a major better performance at home to try and help Vandy pull the upset.

Villanova @ Pittsburgh (Sunday)- A huge Big East battle between two teams looking to make a statement before March. Villanova currently sits atop the Big East standings but with tough battles just about every time out, their lead is tenuous. Scottie Reynolds is the kind of Senior leader who can guide a team through a tough stretch of games like this, the Wildcats will lean heavily on him. After a 3OT thriller Pitt has moved into a tie with West Virginia for 3rd place and will be looking to climb even further up the Big East standings. A win over Villanova would be huge for Pittsburgh's NCAA tournament resume and give them good odds of a high seed come Tournament time.

Ohio State @ Michigan State (Sunday)- The battle for 1st place in the Big 10 takes place in East Lansing on Sunday. Both of these teams struggled when their star players were out with injury, but both are back healthy and ready to lead their teams to a Big 10 title. The Spartans aren't all Kalin Lucas though, they have three other players who average in double-figures in Summers, Green and Morgan. Expect a racuous crowd and some hard-nosed physical basketball.

What!?! How can ____ not be ranked! Or how did ____ get a first place vote? Click here to check out TPP Poll Attacks!

Thanks to Hammerboyy, Lobofan2003, Canuck23, KUnflmlbnba+ and everyone who voted! Don't forget to check out the People's Poll Group! 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:51 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

Awesome work once again, Jawhk!

I'll pass this on to our college basketball crew.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2010 4:58 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

The Poll Attacks can be found .

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2010 4:38 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14


Look ahead is done and is PM'd to you in the voting thread.

Thanks again for the great work!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2010 4:11 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

You spelt my name wrong on my comment for Va Tech. Very minor point though, haha.

Thanks for the work on the poll Jawhk. Poll Attacks will be out shortly as it's a holiday up here in Canada. Hooray for Family Day (yes, lame name, but I appreciate the day off nonetheless).

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2010 3:36 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

I am working on the look ahead and will get that to you when I'm done.

Feel better Jawhk!

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2010 2:04 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

Other than my own typo on Gonzaga's comment, I didn't see anything.  For the record, it should have read "hoops"... Saying they're one of the best College "hopps" teams this year really doesn't mean much.  Great poll though Jawhk! I will hit you up when I have my ratings/rankings index complete.  Feel better man!

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2010 1:39 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

Wow.  Over two-thirds of the teams from #9 down (13 of 17) are not ranked at all by someone; that is absolutely amazing.  Shows the wide variety of opinion out there, and the vast muddle of worthy (or unworthy, if you prefer) teams.  Should make for a great stretch run.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2010 1:17 pm

The People's Poll: Week 14

Thanks to everyone who voted. I will get the look ahead and numbers updated when I get them.

I am home sick today and kinda rushed through it.. so let me know if you see any errors.

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