Posted on: March 9, 2009 11:35 am
Edited on: March 9, 2009 12:54 pm

The People's Poll: Week 17

Welcome to the Week 17 People's Poll!     

The People's Poll is made up of 40+ College Basketball fans who want their opinions heard! Voters give their take over the weeks action on the main CBB board with the results tallied here every Monday. Each week's poll reflects games played through Sunday. If you'd like to check out each voters ballot, here you go. Even if you're not a regular voter, look for the People's Poll voting thread every week to give your take! You may end up in the poll!

So without further adieu.. I give you the Week 17 People's Poll! 

  1. (21) Pittsburgh (+2) 978 28-3          HR-1 LR-4          AP- CP- GP-1

"lets see if they can finally perform in the tournament... this team is talented and physical" -Dmmizzou123

  2. (18) North Carolina (E) 970 27-3          HR-1 LR-6          AP- CP- GP-2

"Winner of the tough ACC, also the country's most talented team, if they don't take a night off (BC, Maryland)" -Pitty618

  3. Connecticut (-2) 887 27-3          HR-2 LR-6          AP- CP- GP-3

"They got beat by Pitt again and they are endanger of losing a #1 seed. They need to find someone to step up in place of Jerome Dyson." -Boltzfan104

  4. Louisville (+1) 879 25-5          HR-2 LR-8          AP- CP- GP-6

"Big East champs, probably wont make a 1 seed without winning the BE tourney. Ill take a 2 seed in Memphis or Oklahomas bracket and be happy." -Loucards

  5. Memphis (-1) 822 28-3          HR-1 LR-14          AP- CP- GP-5

"They are not deserving of a top 5 seed. They played four good teams in non-conference, and they lost to three of them." -Reamo37

  6. Michigan State (+1) 799 25-5          HR-2 LR-8          AP- CP- GP-8

"Won big 10 championship with win over purdue, only consistant team in conference" -Headchopper100

  7. Oklahoma (-1) 785 27-4          HR-2 LR-15          AP- CP- GP-4

"I have said it once and I will say it again...what is up with them winning by 5 against inferior opponents?" -Oneandonlystout

  8. Duke (E) 679 25-6          HR-6 LR-12          AP- CP- GP-7

"Lost to UNC in a hard fought battle...Could slip to a #3 seed if they have a quick exit in ACC tourney." -Bigal13

  9. Wake Forest (+1) 674 24-5          HR-6 LR-14          AP- CP- GP-9

"I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they lost in the first round (of the tourney) or made the final 4.  Such an enigma, but it seems they've found a second wind." -huskyonspeed

  10. Villanova (+3) 633 25-6          HR-7 LR-13          AP- CP- GP-12

"Corey Fischer's improvement throughout the season is impressive.  With Louisville and Pitt being streaky from behind the arc, and Uconn being horrible from behind the arc, this team could shoot their way into a Big East Title." -Statfanatic2

  11. Kansas (-2) 610 25-6          HR-6 LR-15          AP- CP- GP-10

"Well, we've seen what happens when Sherron Collins goes cold and Aldrich gets in foul trouble, but congrats to Bill Self for winning another Big XII Regular Season Championship. After the players he lost, this is a true accomplishment." -Brwhite23

  12. Washington (+3) 575 24-7          HR-8 LR-19          AP- CP- GP-11

"Clinched one of the few Pac-10 titles that didn't go to UCLA, Arizona, or Stanford. Oregon has the only other one in the last 15 years or so." -Somerandomdude

  13. Gonzaga (+5) 453 25-5          HR-8 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-17

"Theyre good, not great...look for another 1st or 2nd round tournament exit from these guys" -Splinter79

  14. UCLA (+6) 387 24-7          HR-10 LR-24          AP- CP- GP-18

"Howland's Final Four streak ends this year." -Pitty618

  15. Missouri (-1) 385 25-6          HR-11 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-13

"I've given up trying to understand this team... blown out by Kansas, beat Oklahoma (with Griffin in the line-up), and then lose to Texas A&M... at this rate, can we really be surprised if they were to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament?" -Canuck23

  16. Syracuse (+9) 314 23-8          HR-13 LR-23          AP- CP- GP-16

"Nice win at Marquette, can really help their seeding with some wins in the Big East tournament" -Lobofan2003

  17. Clemson (E) 313 23-7          HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-15

"They "pulled another Clemson again this year" -Carnagex

  18. Florida State (+4) 310 23-8          HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-14

"Fourth in the ACC and overlooked by many because Clemson didn't fade as early as they usually do." -Kvskubball

  19. LSU (-8) 255 25-6          HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-21

"I know, they're really not good.  But someone has to win the conference that no one wants" -Pitt.nd1

  20. Xavier (-1) 249 24-6          HR-12 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-20

"Xavier has been overrated all season. They have been struggling to get by in the A10. They'll be gone by the first weekend." -Chrisishokie

  21. Marquette (-9) 211 23-8          HR-13 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-NR

"They are not doing well without Dominic James, I bet they will be an early round exit in the Big East and NCAA tournaments." -badgerboy1183

  22. Butler (+2) 202 26-4          HR-15 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-19

"I don't think they're that great, but I had trouble finding other teams deserving, only one decent win all season, and some bad losses." -Badgers Ballers

  23. Purdue (-7) 176 22-9          HR-14 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-23

"The Boliermakers finish the season on a sour note, losing to Northwestern and conference champiion Michigan State. A lackluster offensive effort in the second half against MSU doomed Purdue, as they only scored 4 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half." -Rebalpatriot23

  24. Arizona State (-1) 118 22-8          HR-16 LR-NR          AP- CP- GP-25

"Lose three of past four including a bad loss to Stanford, but they were +2 in point differential." -Sportemind

  25. Illinois (-4) 106 23-8          HR-15 LR- NR         AP- CP- GP-22

"They earned second place in the Big Ten because of their sweep of Purdue. They may struggle on offense, but their defense always keeps them close." -Reamo37

In: None       Out: None 

Biggest jump: Syracuse (+9)       Biggest fall: Marquette (-9)

Others receiving votes: BYU 74, Texas AnM 34, West Virginia 33, Penn State 9, Northern Iowa 9, California 8, Siena 7, Tennessee 7, St. Mary's 7, Utah State 6, Utah 5, Cornell 5, Oklahoma State 4, Niagra 4, Dayton 3, Auburn 3, Charleston 3, Western Kentucky 3, New Mexico 2, Wisconsin 1, Morehead State 1, UMBC 1, Fordham 1

What it all means: (First place votes), Team, (Change in rank from last week), Points, Record, Highest Rank, Lowest Rank, , AP rank, Coache's rank, Gary Parrish's rank, Voter's Take 

Conference power rankings:

  1. Big East (0.0303)
  2. ACC (0.0502)
  3. Big 12 (0.0604)
  4. Big 10 (0.0607)
  5. Pac 10 (0.0905)
  6. West Coast (0.1506)
  7. Atlantic 10 (0.1510)
  8. SEC (0.1709)
  9. Mountain West (0.1711)
  10. MAAC (0.2214)
  11. USA (0.2301)
  12. Horizon (0.2408)
  13. Western Athletic (0.2613)
  14. Ivy (0.2615)
  15. Missouri Valley (0.2712)
  16. America East (0.3018)
  17. Southern (0.3316)
  18. Sun Belt (0.3316)
  19. Ohio Valley (0.3318)

(Only teams receiving votes in TPP are calculated into CPR)

Breaking down the rankings: 

Tough decisions for #1 this week. Pittsburgh barely noses out North Carolina for the top spot receiving 21 to first place votes to UNC’s 18. Previous #1 Connecticut falls to #3 and is followed by Big East champ; Louisville. Rounding out the top 5 is Memphis who received the only other first place vote and continues to roll through conference USA.

Big 10 champ Michigan State climbs to #6 followed by Oklahoma who needs a good showing in the Big 12 tourny to grab a #1 seed. Duke stays at #8 after their loss at UNC. The Blue Devils are followed by ACC counterpart Wake Forest. Finishing out the top to is Villanova who is up 3 spots from last week.

Kansas falls to #11 after a week where they lost to Texas Tech and wrapped up the Big 12 conference title. Pac 10 champ Washington climbs to #12 followed by Gonzaga and surging UCLA who is up 6 spots from last week. Missouri drops to #15 after an up and down week which included a win over OU and a loss to AnM.

Syracuse jumps up 9 spots to #16 and for the first time in a while won’t have to sweat it out on selection Sunday. Clemson is up next and is followed by Florida State. SEC champ LSU slides down to #19 after a bad week and is followed by the Musketeers of Xavier.

Our biggest loser of the week; Marquette comes in at #21 down 9 spots followed by Butler and slumping Purdue. Arizona State comes in at #23 and is followed by Illinois which finishes out the top 25 this week.

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