by Tommy Gimler
After two losses to Notre Dame and Baylor last week that were almost as embarrassing as Keanu Reeves, the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team fell from #8 in the AP Poll to unranked, the largest single-week drop since 1990. Two weeks ago, UCLA was ranked 11th, and one week later they were unranked. What does it mean? Simply put, ESPN’s “C’mon Man” segment has more credibility than the AP Poll.
The DUD Breakdown
64 sportswriters and members of the media make up the AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll, including two from Alabama, a state where 15% of the adult population can’t even read their articles. Here is the full list of voters: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/interactives/_sports/top25_basketball/voters/men.html?SITE=AP
One of the 64 is John Werner from the Waco Tribune-Herald. He has the Baylor Bears ranked 19th in the country while most of the other voters have them unranked.
One writer had the Marquette Golden Eagles in the Top 25 (1 point for being ranked 25th in his poll) even after the Florida Gators bitch-slapped them by 33 points last week, and it was probably Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Even more surprising than Marquette getting that one vote is that Rosiak influences the rankings of college basketball teams even though he is now the beat writer for the Milwaukee Brewers. Mike Hunt covers Marquette for MJS readers.
The bottom line is that most voters on the AP Poll really don’t know much about teams outside of those that they cover and/or in their local markets. And they want to be in good standing with those teams, so they give them the undeserved recognition that comes along with casting votes for them.
If you’re a total fucking idiot and betting on college basketball games, do not take each team’s current ranking into consideration. Odds are if you’re catching the five minutes worth of highlights on SportsCenter, you know as much about college basketball on a national scale as these AP Poll voters do. The AP Poll rankings, especially in November and December, are about as meaningful as a Taylor Swift song…