I’ve been chosen as a voter in the illustrious CBS Sports Blog poll. It is as generally meaningless as the AP Poll, in which reporters who don’t know much about basketball randomly pick teams that historically excelled at basketball, and the USA Today Coaches poll in which a newspaper written at a kindergarten level encourages coaches who are too busy to actually watch other teams to vote for their friends.

Obviously there are some flaws in those two polls, so a third way was needed. The good folks at CBS Sports, in an effort to bring a bit of democracy to ranking college basketball teams, and in no way bring more traffic and advertising revenue to their corporate coffers, decided that a bunch of bloggers who have absolutely nothing better to do than discuss the minutiae of their favorite college basketball teams could do at least as well as the so called professionals. I’m not sure if I will prove them right, but I’d like to think I can do better than this guy.

Before I reveal my picks this week, and beg for your assistance since there has to be at least one or two teams ranked drastically wrong, I thought I would share with you a bit about how the teams that I picked ended up ranked where they are. I started with last weeks AP top 25 poll. Though it is imperfect, particularly in how teams are ranked within the poll, as a general collection of the top 25 teams in the country, its as good a group as any. After that, I looked at how each team performed this week, and adjusted their ranking accordingly. I thought a few teams didn’t belong anywhere near their ranking, and were there based more on prestige than anything else (Gonzaga) so they will be ranked substantially lower than you might expect.

It should also be noted that in the grand scheme of things, the vast majority of teams that found their way into my rankings and were ranked last week and lost this week, including the Gophers, are still ranked. I don’t necessarily think these teams deserve to be ranked, especially the Gophers, but due to bad losses by those teams poised to move into the rankings, or ranked but not as high, there just wasn’t that much room to move them down. So without further adieu, this week’s ballot (barring changes suggested by you or necessitated by games played today).

Bring the criticism, and bring it hard. I don’t want my ballot laughed at (too much).

Rank Team
1 Connecticut
2 Oklahoma
3 North Carolina
4 Pittsburgh
5 Louisville
6 Duke
7 Wake Forest
8 Michigan St.
9 Clemson
10 Marquette
11 Butler
12 Villanova
14 Memphis
15 Kansas
16 Arizona St.
17 Ohio St.
18 Purdue
19 Syracuse
20 Missouri
21 Illinois
22 Texas
23 Minnesota
24 Gonzaga
25 Utah St.

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