CBB AP Poll Reaction: Week 7

CBB AP Poll Reaction: Week 7

by December 21, 2021 0 comments

Last week’s college basketball slate did not see as much chaos as the previous week but we still had some fun games and upsets. This week’s AP Poll is actually pretty solid and does not invoke too much recency bias compared to the traditional way we see the AP vote in any sport. There are still some instant reactions to make, however, and we shall list a couple right now.

RANK
TEAM
RECORD
POINTS
PREVIOUS
1 Baylor (60) 10-0 1,524 1
2 Duke 10-1 1,445 2
3 Purdue 10-1 1,360 3
4 Gonzaga 9-2 1,313 5
5 UCLA 9-1 1,294 4
6 Arizona (1) 11-0 1230 8
7 Kansas 9-1 1210 7
8 Southern California 12-0 937 10
9 Iowa State 11-0 926 11
10 Alabama 9-2 897 6
11 Michigan State 9-2 822 12
12 Auburn 10-1 782 13
13 Houston 10-2 780 14
14 Ohio State 8-2 744 15
15 Seton Hall 9-2 693 16
16 Texas 8-2 569 17
17 LSU 11-0 542 19
18 Xavier 11-1 469 22
19 Tennessee 8-2 447 18
20 Kentucky 8-2 428 21
21 Colorado State 10-0 328 23
22 Providence 11-1 266 NR
23 Villanova 7-4 222 9
24 Wisconsin 9-2 182 NR
25 Texas Tech 8-2 86 25

Arizona Receives Singular First-Place Vote

It is very rare to see the sixth-ranked team being the only one with a first-place vote outside the top squad but this is the case this week for Arizona. Their résumé isn’t all too deserving of a first-place vote just yet but the Wildcats have played good basketball as of late but their biggest test is coming up on Wednesday against Tennessee. If they win that game, then we should see a big boost in the amount of first-place votes and it’ll be more justifiable than this week.

Mid-Majors Encroaching but Power 5 Still Dominates

With Villanova’s fourth loss of the season last week, the Wildcats drop all the way to 23, meaning the top team outside of the Power 5 is Houston at 13. While the Power 5 is holding a dominant hold on those top 12 spots, there are several teams poised to push into the pack. We have already mentioned Houston. Then, there’s Seton Hall, Xavier, Providence, and always dangerous Villanova in the Big East in the mix. Finally, we’ve got the Cinderella team Colorado State who could see themselves rising if they continue to win which they should against their weak schedule.

Confusing Results Towards the Undefeated

Three teams are regarded as sort of backend undefeated. These teams are USC, Iowa State, and LSU. All three have very similar résumés but LSU is ranked a shocking eight positions behind Iowa State. It really makes no sense how the voters can see it this way. Just because LSU came into the ranking later on in the year, doesn’t mean they should be chastised for it because this is a team who could compete with the best right now.


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