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Whelan Watch: 2/17

Our semi-regular look at the polls finds Xavier in their regular position.

This guy is ranked and named Xavier.
This guy is ranked and named Xavier.
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For those of you not familiar with what this is, we use this space to take a semi-regular look at the polls in college basketball. The feature is named after walk-on Tim Whelan, who once pledged not to have the tooth he damaged on Semaj's elbow repaired until Xavier was ranked. That happened at the beginning of last season and, while Xavier has received votes on several occasions, they've never quite come all the way above water. We assume that some of Whelan's friends/parents have since convinced him to get his teeth fixed. Anyway, here's what the polls look like this week:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts Prev
1 Syracuse Orange (64) 25-0 1624 1
2 Florida Gators (1) 23-2 1543 3
3 Wichita St. Shockers 27-0 1489 4
4 Arizona Wildcats 23-2 1427 2
5 Duke Blue Devils 20-5 1296 8
6 San Diego St. Aztecs 22-2 1232 5
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 23-3 1157 10
8 Kansas Jayhawks 19-6 1129 7
9 Villanova Wildcats 22-3 1020 6
10 Saint Louis Billikens 23-2 1019 12
11 Creighton Bluejays 21-4 991 18
11 Louisville Cardinals 21-4 991 13
13 Michigan St. Spartans 21-5 788 9
14 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 752 17
15 Iowa Hawkeyes 19-6 721 16
16 Wisconsin Badgers 21-5 609 21
17 Iowa St. Cyclones 19-5 597 11
18 Kentucky Wildcats 19-6 579 14
19 Texas Longhorns 20-5 577 19
20 Michigan Wolverines 18-7 421 15
21 Connecticut Huskies 20-5 382 24
22 Memphis Tigers 19-6 204 20
23 UCLA Bruins 20-5 169 NR
24 Ohio St. Buckeyes 20-6 133 22
25 Gonzaga Bulldogs 23-4 112 NR

Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Pts Prev
1 Syracuse Orange (32) 25-0 800 1
2 Florida Gators 23-2 752 4
3 Wichita St. Shockers 27-0 747 2
4 Arizona Wildcats 23-2 679 3
5 Louisville Cardinals 21-4 618 8
6 Duke Blue Devils 20-5 611 9
7 San Diego State 22-2 591 5
8 Kansas Jayhawks 19-6 554 7
9 Cincinnati Bearcats 23-3 526 11
10 Saint Louis Bilikens 23-2 513 12
11 Villanova Wildcats 22-3 506 6
12 Creighton Bluejays 21-4 423 17
13 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 416 16
14 Michigan St. Spartans 21-5 406 10
15 Iowa Hawkeyes 19-6 375 15
16 Kentucky Wildcats 19-6 302 13
17 Texas Longhorns 20-5 278 19
18 Wisconsin Badgers 21-5 255 21
19 Iowa State Cyclones 19-5 227 14
20 Michigan Wolverines 18-7 159 18
21 Connecticut Huskies 20-5 158 NR
22 Gonzaga Bulldogs 23-4 128 24
23 Ohio State Buckeyes 20-6 97 20
24 Memphis Tigers 19-6 85 22
25 UCLA Bruins 20-5 72 NR

As you can see, our boys still haven't made it. Something about a 19-turnover game apparently leaves a little bit of a sour taste in the mouths of the pollsters. Realistically speaking, I don't think there's any possible outcomes in the upcoming week that put X in the top 25. Winning the next four (DePaul, @Georgetown, @St. John's, Creighton) would probably do it, but that is an incredibly tall order.

Whelan's status: eating jawbreakers, because why not?