2013-2014 Whelan Watch: Week 3

Get a load of the chompers on that dude. - Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

The voters now have enough data to vote (not that having no data stopped them); did they take note of the Muskies?

Last season, as you may recall, Xavier walk-on Tim Whelan declared that he was going to eschew repairing the teeth he damaged on Semaj Christon's elbow until Xavier was in the top 25. You may also recall that Xavier never quite reached the top 25 last year. I am sincerely hoping Whelan has long since had the requisite dental work completed, but if there's one thing we like more than walk-ons here, it's good sports, and he continues to be both. In his honor, our weekly look at the polls will bear his name long after he graduates with a degree in finance and continues on to wherever his ambition and full set of teeth lead him. Anyway...

Xavier is off to a sterling start this season. With wins over cupcake foes Gardner Webb and Morehead State bracketing a satisfying victory over SEC power (kind of) Tennessee, the Muskies are as well-positioned as they possibly could be after three games. X was under the radar at the season's outset; was this week and change enough to put them on the proverbial map?

AP Poll:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State 3-0 1,608 2
2 Kansas 2-0 1,523 5
3 Louisville 3-0 1,511 3
4 Kentucky 3-1 1,410 1
5 Arizona 3-0 1,339 6
6 Duke 2-1 1,320 4
7 Oklahoma State 3-0 1,198 8
8 Ohio State 3-0 1,172 10
9 Syracuse 3-0 1,135 9
10 VCU 3-0 928 14
11 Memphis 1-0 871 13
12 Wisconsin 3-0 763 20
13 Gonzaga 3-0 710 15
14 Wichita State 4-0 705 16
14 Michigan 2-1 705 7
16 Florida 2-1 619 11
17 Oregon 2-0 613 18
18 Connecticut 4-0 600 19
19 New Mexico 2-0 353 22
20 Baylor 3-0 342 23
21 Iowa State 3-0 296 21
22 UCLA 2-0 291 24
23 Creighton 3-0 246 26
24 North Carolina 2-1 213 12
25 Marquette 2-1 144 17


Coaches' Poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Michigan State Spartans 3-0 789 22 2 1 1/2
2 Louisville Cardinals 3-0 761 8 3 1 2/3
3 Kansas Jayhawks 2-0 735 2 6 3 3/6
4 Arizona Wildcats 3-0 684 5 1 4/5
5 Kentucky Wildcats 3-1 658 1 4 1/5
6 Duke Blue Devils 2-1 630 4 2 4/6
7 Syracuse Orange 3-0 601 7 7/7
8 Ohio State Buckeyes 3-0 597 9 1 8/10
9 Oklahoma State Cowboys 3-0 541 12 3 9/12
10 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 3-0 443 14 4 10/15
11 Memphis Tigers 1-0 404 13 2 11/13
12 Gonzaga Bulldogs 3-0 381 15 3 12/15
13 Michigan Wolverines 2-1 362 8 5 8/13
14 Florida Gators 2-1 359 10 4 8/14
15 Wisconsin Badgers 3-0 332 19 4 15/21
16 Wichita State Shockers 4-0 330 16 16/16
17 Oregon Ducks 2-0 275 18 1 17/18
18 Connecticut Huskies 4-0 265 20 2 18/20
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 2-1 208 11 8 11/19
20 New Mexico Lobos 2-0 180 21 1 20/21
21 Baylor Bears 3-0 131 25 4 21/NR
22 Indiana Hoosiers 4-0 129 23 1 22/24
23 Creighton Bluejays 3-0 111 NR 23/NR
24 UCLA Bruins 2-0 105 24 23/24
25 Iowa Hawkeyes 4-0 74

You'll likely notice a couple of things. First of all, our format is different. The nice people who pay our bills here at Banners went to the trouble of making these HTML charts and asked us to use them; being a fan of not paying my own bills, I complied. While Xavier did receive votes in the AP poll, that section doesn't show up here, leaving X devoid of any sort of recognition. Wednesday's game at Miami (OH) isn't likely to rocket Xavier onto the charts, though if enough teams in front of them lose, it may just.

Whelan's status: hopefully dentally intact and feeling good about it.

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