Yes, yours truly is a basketball poll voter, too, and it’s time to start posting this ballot when I remember and/or am not rushing to catch a flight.
This will surely be an unpopular take, I know. Early season polls are particularly difficult because some teams have quality wins and other teams just have bad losses. And make no mistake about it—blowing a 16-point second-half lead on the road to a mid-major team that had already racked up a bad loss itself is, in fact, a bad loss.
Now, could the Tar Heels make an equally large jump back up the poll with a win over Maryland? Absolutely. I believe in big swings as the thought process switches from preseason expectations to evaluating actual results. And I don’t factor in how I expect teams to look come March. My ballot is just a weekly snapshot of the present state of college basketball.
And yes, while Duke was clearly overmatched against Kentucky, I do think they beat two solid teams in Georgetown and VCU. And at this time of year, teams are lucky if they have one quality win.
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2. Michigan State
4. Iowa State
12. North Carolina
18. Notre Dame
19. Wichita State
24. George Washington