Here is the final AP poll before Selection Sunday:
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||31-0||1,625||1|
|2||Duke Blue Devils||28-3||1,544||3|
|10||Northern Iowa Panthers||30-3||1,037||11|
|11||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||26-5||1,026||12|
|12||Wichita State Shockers||28-4||797||8|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||22-8||786||17|
|18||West Virginia Mountaineers||23-8||525||20|
|19||North Carolina Tar Heels||21-10||406||19|
|25||Boise State Broncos||24-7||82||27|
|Others receiving votes: Oregon 69, Providence 63, Ohio State 40, BYU 18, Michigan St 15, LSU 8, Iowa 7, St. John's 6, San Diego St 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Valparaiso 1, Dayton 1, North Florida 1, Purdue 1|
Last week, 28 voters thought Murray State was one of the 25 best teams in the nation. Then they lost by one point to Belmont, while playing away from home, on a shot that was so ridiculously conceived and so improbably executed that it beggars belief. Check it out:
A fadeaway three from two steps behind the arc so hotly contested that the shooter seemingly released it from behind his head is the difference between the NCAAs and the NIT for Murray State. It's also the difference from having nearly half the AP voters rank you - some as high as 19th - to not pulling a single vote. That one shot dropped Murray State from 25th to somewhere below the 39 teams that received at least one vote in the latest poll.
If that shot rims out, they're still ranked. If that's not enough to convince you that the polls are not just meaningless but probably actively counterproductive, I'm not sure what is. There are dozens of better ways to judge teams than the AP poll; it's time we take this anachronistic device out behind the shed and do the decent thing.