Monday, June 23, 2014
Here's what you're asking yourself: How did UMass after a terrific, well-played win over a good BYU team go backwards in the Associated Press poll?
It's a fair question.
The short answer is North Carolina and Colorado and to a lesser degree Baylor
Neither the Tar Heels nor Buffaloes were ranked last week. UNC beat No. 1 Michigan State and Colorado beat Kansas. Baylor beat Kentucky although many voters actually already had Baylor higher than UMass.
So UNC and Colorado both were going to enter the poll higher than UMass was. Colorado's lone loss is to Baylor and the Kansas win trumps anything UMass has so far. UNC's resume is pretty schitzo with losses to Belmont and UAB, but beat Michigan State and Louisville.
Figuring out where to put the Tar Heels might be the single hardest decision I've had to make in many years as a poll voter.
Not enough teams ranked just above UMass lost so the Heels and Buffs went in and pushed other teams down.
I know for me when I walked out of the BYU game, I was thinking UMass would be cracking the top 20 and approaching the point where it could lose a game and not get bounced all the way out. I figured I'd be bumping them up a few spots too, but when I actually looked at the whole field, I left them at No. 19, same spot as last week.
UMass actually got more points 326 than last week's 274. A No. 1 vote is worth 25 points, a No. 25 vote is worth 1. It means that either more people voted for UMass or that ones that did voted them higher. But it means teams that are ranked got more points this week, with fewer votes/points going to teams in the also receiving votes category.
That said I'm guessing Derek Kellogg loves this. He'll walk into practice and tell his team that nobody respects them and they still have something to prove. But he'll still get the benefit of being a ranked team.
1. Arizona2. Syracuse3. Ohio State4. Villanova5. Wisconsin6. Connecticut7. Louisville8. Michigan State9. Baylor10. Duke11. OK State12. Iowa State13. Oregon14. Colorado15. Kansas16. Memphis17. Kentucky18. Wichita State19. UMass20. North Carolina21. Florida22. Iowa23. Missouri24. New Mexico25. San Diego State
The full A.P. Poll:
1. Arizona (63) 9-0 1,623 22. Syracuse (2) 9-0 1,522 43. Ohio St. 8-0 1,453 54. Wisconsin 10-0 1,318 85. Michigan St. 7-1 1,311 16. Louisville 8-1 1,262 77. Oklahoma St. 8-1 1,160 98. Duke 7-2 1,040 109. UConn 9-0 981 1210. Villanova 9-0 938 1411. Kentucky 7-2 926 312. Wichita St. 9-0 884 1113. Kansas 6-2 862 614. Baylor 8-1 843 2015. Oregon 8-0 831 1316. Memphis 6-1 768 1617. Iowa St. 7-0 606 1718. North Carolina 6-2 450 _19. Florida 6-2 434 1520. Gonzaga 8-1 365 19 - If you want to feel outraged and I know some of you love feeling outraged. Gonzaga is the team that clearly shouldn't be higher than UMass in my opinion.21. Colorado 9-1 330 _22. UMass 8-0 326 2123. Iowa 9-1 207 2324. Missouri 9-0 203 _25. San Diego St. 7-1 159 24