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Xavier lands at fifth, despite a solid argument they should be ranked higher. Life is good when even #5 feels a bit like an insult. Life is less good for an immensely bad Doofus of the Week.

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When someone can make a logical argument for Virginia being ranked ahead of Xavier, I'll consider taking the polls seriously. Until then, we live in world in which most people apparently think that a five loss team that lost to both George Washington and Virginia Tech and this week won just one game is somehow better than Xavier. No, Xavier hasn't lost more recently. No, Xavier hasn't had a worse loss. No, Xavier doesn't have more losses. Virginia is a very good team, they are certainly among the national championship contenders, what they aren't is worthy of winning one game over NC State and jumping five spots while Xavier wins two and only moves up two.

This is a fun thing to get annoyed over, but let's not get too wrapped up in it. Xavier is a well earned fifth in the nation and is a very reasonable Final Four contender. It's possible to get all bogged down in the minutae of the polls and fail to process how amazing it is to have our team in the top five. When ranting about Virginia being ranked ahead of you is the biggest immediate concern, life is very good indeed.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Villanova Wildcats (45) 24-3 1,604
2 Kansas Jayhawks (20) 23-4 1,580
3 Virginia Cavaliers 21-5 1,393
3 Oklahoma Sooners 21-5 1,393
5 Xavier Musketeers 24-3 1,368
6 Michigan State Spartans 22-5 1,346
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-5 1,241
8 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-6 1,144
9 Arizona Wildcats 22-5 1,028
10 Maryland Terrapins 23-5 976
11 Louisville Cardinals 21-6 902
12 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 21-5 851
13 Oregon Ducks 21-6 842
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 20-7 772
15 Duke Blue Devils 20-7 674
16 Kentucky Wildcats 20-7 627
17 Iowa State Cyclones 19-8 616
18 Indiana Hoosiers 22-6 571
19 Baylor Bears 20-7 521
20 Purdue Boilermakers 21-7 357
21 Texas A&M Aggies 20-7 283
22 Utah Utes 21-7 253
23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 18-8 185
24 SMU Mustangs 22-4 154
25 Texas Longhorns 17-10 104
Others Receiving Votes: Dayton 80, Providence 48, California 34, Wichita St 33, Texas Tech 31, Wisconsin 27, Saint Joseph's 20, VCU 19, South Carolina 12, Hawaii 12, Saint Mary's 10, Valparaiso 3, Cincinnati 3, USC 2, San Diego State 2, UAB 1, Connecticut 1, Arkansas-Little Rock 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
Dropped: Dayton 15, Providence 23

USA TODAY Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st
1 Villanova 24-3 792 25
2 Kansas 23-4 751 7
3 Virginia 21-5 679 0
4 Oklahoma 21-5 668 0
5 Xavier 24-3 652 0
6 North Carolina 22-5 639 0
7 Michigan St 22-5 626 0
8 Iowa 20-6 561 0
9 Maryland 23-5 527 0
10 Arizona 22-5 512 0
11 Miami-Florida 21-5 466 0
12 West Virginia 20-7 366 0
13 Oregon 21-6 365 0
14 Kentucky 20-7 333 0
15 Indiana 22-6 317 0
16 Baylor 20-7 305 0
17 Iowa St. 19-8 304 0
18 Duke 20-7 303 0
19 Purdue 21-7 245 0
20 Notre Dame 18-8 176 0
21 Texas A&M 20-7 172 0
22 Dayton 21-5 121 0
23 Utah 21-7 120 0
24 Providence 19-8 102 0
25 Texas 17-10 66 0
Others Receiving Votes: South Carolina 47; Saint Mary's 42; Wichita State 32; Texas Tech 30; Pittsburgh 18; Wisconsin 15; California 11; St. Joseph?s 10; Seton Hall 6; Southern California 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Hawaii 3; LSU 3; Michigan 1; St. Bonaventure 1; San Diego State 1.
Dropped: South Carolina 23

Doofus of the Week:

Quick, name the Conference USA power that lost to Louisiana Tech last week, doesn't have a top 100 win, and is definitely worthy of a top 25 spot. If you are Chuck McGill, you both confidently and insanely insist that team is UAB. Short of a massive cash payment, there is no reason for the Blazers to appear on anyone's ballot. Previous teams listed here have had at least something resembling a bad argument to be ranked. UAB has no argument at all. We're talking a team 110th in KenPom, 86th in RPI, 112th in BPI, and 90th in the Massey. This pick is as stupid as it gets. You, Chuck, are a huge...

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