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
|1||Villanova Wildcats (45)||24-3||1,604|
|2||Kansas Jayhawks (20)||23-4||1,580|
|6||Michigan State Spartans||22-5||1,346|
|7||North Carolina Tar Heels||22-5||1,241|
|14||West Virginia Mountaineers||20-7||772|
|15||Duke Blue Devils||20-7||674|
|17||Iowa State Cyclones||19-8||616|
|21||Texas A&M Aggies||20-7||283|
|23||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||18-8||185|
|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
|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...