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EJSIC College Basketball Top 25 – Week 4

Pre-Season  |  Week 4

Four weeks is enough time to see some separation between teams, right? Right. Duke was obviously the big winner, with two wins over top 5 teams and wins over VCU and Minnesota. Meanwhile, UCLA blows goats. Just awful.

Remember that this poll is generated via a combined ballot from the polls submitted by EJSIC Message Board posters. If you would like to have your poll included in the combined ballot, post it on the Message Board in the appropriate thread. If you can’t find the thread, you probably shouldn’t be voting…

So… Without further ado… Here’s our poll.

1. Duke (9) – 173 (6)
2. Indiana (3) – 162 (1)
3. Michigan (7) – 160
4. Ohio St (4) – 156
5. Florida (10) – 145
6. Louisville (1) – 139
7. Syracuse (13) – 138
8. Kentucky (2) – 119
9. Arizona (8) – 114
10. Gonzaga (21) – 106
11. Kansas (5) – 101
12. Creighton (16) – 97
13. Michigan St (14) – 91
14. Cincinnati (NR) – 84
15. North Carolina (12) – 79
16. Oklahoma St (NR) – 73
17. Missouri (20) – 47
18. NC State (6) – 45
19. Colorado (NR) – 41
20. Georgetown (NR) – 28
21. UNLV (15) – 26
21. Illinois (NR) – 26
23. Alabama (NR) – 23
23. Connecticut (NR) – 23
25. Minnesota (NR) – 20

Also receiving votes: New Mexico (16), San Diego St (15), UCLA (13), Ohio (6), Wichita St (5), California (4)

Dropped out (Rk): UCLA (11), Baylor (17), Memphis (18), Wisconsin (22), Notre Dame (23), Murray St (24), VCU (25)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 12

This poll accounts for the games of week 12.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9  |  WEEK 11  | WEEK 12

1. Notre Dame – 146 (5)
2. Alabama – 144
3. Georgia – 135
4. Oregon – 124
5. Florida – 120
6. Florida St. – 107
6. Texas A&M – 107
8. Kansas St. – 105
9. LSU – 93
10. Clemson – 92
10. Stanford – 92
12. South Carolina – 84
12. Ohio St. – 84 (1)
14. UCLA – 81
15. Oklahoma – 72
16. Nebraska – 69
17. Oregon St. – 56
18. Texas – 48
19. Louisville – 36
20. Michigan – 33
21. Oklahoma St. – 23
22. Mississippi St. – 21
22. Rutgers – 21
24. Northwestern – 17
25. Kent St. – 10

Other receiving votes: USC (9), Wisconsin (7), Utah St. (4), Washington (4), Arizona (3), Vanderbilt (2), Northern Illinois (1)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 11

This poll accounts for the games of week 11.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9  |  WEEK 11

1) Kansas State – 197 (6)
2) Oregon – 191 (1)
3) Notre Dame – 182 (1)
4) Alabama – 173
5) Georgia – 165
6) Texas A&M – 141
7) Ohio State – 137
8) Florida State – 136
9) LSU – 134
10) Florida – 130
11) Clemson – 123
12) Oklahoma – 116
13) Stanford – 108
14) South Carolina – 107
15) Nebraska – 89
16) UCLA – 78
17) Oregon State – 71
18) Texas – 60
19) USC – 56
20) Louisiana Tech – 41
21) Louisville – 36
22) Texas Tech – 26
23) Rutgers – 22
24) Michigan – 21
25) Kent St – 14

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State (12); Wisconsin (12); Oklahoma St (11); Arizona (4); Cincinnati (3), Northwestern (3); Northern Illinois (1)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 9

This poll accounts for the games of week 9.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9

1). Alabama – 222; @ (5)LSU
2). Kansas State – 216; vs Oklahoma St
3). Oregon – 206; @ (19)USC
4). Notre Dame – 199; vs PITT
5). LSU – 184; vs (1)Alabama
6). Georgia – 173; vs Ole Miss
7). Florida – 168; vs Mizzou
8). Ohio State – 156; vs Illinois
9). Florida St – 142; BYE
10). Clemson – 133; @ Duke
11). Oklahoma – 126; @ Iowa St
T12). Oregon St – 116; vs Arizona St
T12). South Carolina – 116; BYE
14). Louisville – 111; vs Temple
15). Texas A&M – 105; @ (16)Miss St
16). Mississippi St – 83; vs (15)A&M
T17). Nebraska – 74; @ Michigan St
T17). Stanford – 74; @ Colorado
19). USC – 62; vs (3)Oregon
20). Boise St – 60; vs SDSU
21). Arizona – 59; @ UCLA
22). Texas Tech – 53; vs Texas
23). Louisiana Tech – 32; vs UTSA
24). West Virginia – 19; vs TCU
25). Northwestern – 18; BYE

Others receiving votes: Toledo (16); UCLA (14);
Oklahoma St (12); Michigan (7); Texas (4);
Kent State (3).

EJSIC College Basketball Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

NOTE: We will be previewing select college basketball teams for the upcoming season. The following Illinois preview was submitted by EJSIC poster aaeismacgychel. If you would like to preview a team for the EJSIC, send us an email or post it here on our message board.

Illinois Fighting Illini
Champaign, IL, Big 10 Conference

Last Season - 17-15(6-12), 0-1 BTT, No postseason

Notable Players Gone: Meyers Leonard, Sam Maniscalco, Crandall Head

Returning starters: Brandon Paul, DJ Richardson, Tracy Abrams, Joseph Bertrand

Extended roles: Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry, Sam McLaurin, Tyler Griffey, Mike Shaw, Devin Langford, Ibrahim Djimde

Notable Newcomers:
John Groce- Coach
Sam McLaurin- Coastal Carolina Transfer

Preseason Ranking: NR

Preseason Bracket Projections :N.otI.nT.ourney

Early Season Tournament: Maui Invitational, USC and Texas/UNC/Butler/Marquette possible

Projected Starting 5:
PG: Brandon Paul/Tracy Abrams
SG: Brandon Paul/DJ Richardson
SW: Joseph Bertrand
F: Myke Henry
C: Nnanna Egwu

Preview:

It’s NIT or bust for the Fighting Illini

The Illini have fallen on some hard times of late and are no longer the perennial contender for conference champion they once were. After starting last season 15-3, including big wins over Gonzaga and Ohio State they were considered one of the B10′s surprise teams and appeared destined for not only a spot in the dance but a high seed. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out as they went 2-12 the rest of the way losing their ticket to the dance, losing their N.I.T. congratulatory call, and ultimately losing longtime coach Bruce Weber along with the rest of his coaching staff.

So after a half bungled if not fully bungled coaching search, in comes John Groce to try and give what has been a manically bipolar and underachieving team some stability. Groce certainly has some talent on his roster with several high 4* starters and bench players including the dynamic Brandon Paul who should be near the top of the B10 in scoring this year, but with no true point guard on the roster and the giant void left in the frontcourt by lottery pick Meyers Leonard’s early exit, this appears to be a rebuilding year for Illinois in a tough B10.

In fact, this team is projected to finish 10th at best in conference this year, above only Penn State and Nebraska. But that might be just what Illinois needs to get some stability- a year where they start far under the radar with little to no expectations. And if teams overlook this team, the Illini can certainly stun them, as the only thing Illinois did better than losing in stunning and brain hemorrhaging fashion the last fwe years was knocking off elite teams in electrifying fashion.

For Illinois to be successful this year they need Brandon Paul to duplicate his play from last year where at times he was almost unstoppable on offense and extremely pesky on defense. The problem is he didn’t do this consistently. But to truly have success, Illinois is going to need DJ Richardson to start making open threes and playing the defense he’s capable of. He has not been anywhere near the player who won the B10 Freshman of the year award three years ago. And that’s not even going into how much Nnanna Egwu and Sam McLaurin will have to step up this year as Illinois does not have any significant interior presence returning form last year or the fact that Illinois was one of the worst ball-handling teams in the NCAAs last year… So can Illinois be successful this year? Yes, but it’s unlikely and the success will be muted.

My Predictions:
2012-2013 Regular Season Record:
17-15 (7-11 B1G Record, 8th place finish)

Postseason:
#8 seed in BTT: 1-1 Record
NIT Berth- Loss in quarterfinals

EJSIC College Basketball Top 25 – 2012-13 Pre-Season

Pre-Season | Week 1

YAY BASKETBALL! The time has finally arrived for the first EJSIC College Basketball Top 25. I know the season hasn’t started yet, but opinions are totally better than facts. I think.

Remember that this poll is generated via a combined ballot from the polls submitted by EJSIC Message Board posters. If you would like to have your poll included in the combined ballot, post it on the Message Board in the appropriate thread. If you can’t find the thread, you probably shouldn’t be voting…

So… Without further ado… Here’s our poll.

1) Louisville (9) – 295
2) Kentucky (1) – 274
3) Indiana (1) – 259
4) Ohio St – 252
5) Kansas – 245
6) NC State – 224
7) Michigan – 207
8) Arizona – 198
9) Duke – 197
10) Florida – 195
11) UCLA (1) – 191
12) North Carolina – 164
13T) Syracuse – 144
13T) Michigan St – 144
15) UNLV – 117
16) Creighton – 107
17) Baylor – 101
18) Memphis – 95
19) San Diego St – 85
20) Missouri – 80
21) Gonzaga – 58
22) Wisconsin – 49
23) Notre Dame – 47
24) Murray St – 30
25T) VCU – 22
25T) Texas – 22

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio (17), St. Louis (16), Florida St (15), Tennessee (12), Pittsburgh (9), Kansas St (8), Cincinnati (6), St. Mary’s (4), St. Joe’s (3), Marquette (3), Drexel (2), Texas A&M (2), New Mexico (1)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 8

This poll accounts for the games of week 8.

Look out Alabama: Both Florida and Kansas State leap-frogged Oregon into the 2 and 3 spots, respectively, and are closer to Alabama than anybody has been all year. the Tide, Gators, and Wildcats all play ranked teams this weekend, however, while Oregon gets Colorado at home. Watch ‘em hit 100…

Something’s Gotta Give: Only 1 tie in our poll this week, at #7. Notre Dame and Oklahoma each received 165 points. They most likely will not be tied in the next poll, as they play each other this weekend.

The Big Least?: Voters STILL are not showing confidence in the undefeated teams from the Big East, Rutgers and Louisville. They can’t seem to get above the #19 ranking. If they wonder why, they might take a look at their schedule…

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8

1). Alabama (4)
214 pts…..7-0…[LW: 1]…SAT vs (11)Miss St.
2). Florida (2)
213………..7-0…[3]…….SAT @ (14)Georgia
3). Kansas St (2)
208………..7-0…[4]…SAT vs (12)Texas Tech
4). Oregon (1)
202………..7-0…[2]………..SAT vs Colorado
5). LSU
179………..7-1….[6]……………………..BYE
6). Oregon St
174………..6-0….[7]…….SAT @ Washington
T7). Notre Dame
165………..7-0…[5]…..SAT @ (T7)Oklahoma
T7). Oklahoma
165……….5-1…[8]…..SAT vs (T7) Notre Dame
9). USC
150……….6-1…[10]………….SAT @ Arizona
10). Ohio St
129……….8-0…[11]……SAT @ Penn State
11). Mississippi St
123……….7-0…[15]……..SAT @ (1)Alabama
12). Texas Tech
107……….6-1…[17]…….SAT @ (3)K-State
13). Florida St
105……….7-1…[12]…………..SAT vs Duke
14). Georgia
103……….6-1…[13]……..SAT vs (2)Florida
15). Clemson
95………….6-1…[14]….THU @ Wake Forest
16). Stanford
81…………..5-2…[21]……….SAT vs Wash St
17). South Carolina
79…………6-2…[9]…….SAT vs Tennessee
18). Texas A&M
69…………5-2…[16]…………Sat @ Auburn
19). Rutgers
64………….7-0…[22]……SAT vs Kent State
20). Louisville
61………….7-0…[19]……SAT vs Cincinnati
21). Ohio
43…………7-0…[24]…….SAT @ Miami(OH)
22). Michigan
39………..5-2…[25]…SAT @ (25)Nebraska
23). West Virginia
34………….5-2…[18]……………..BYE
24). Boise State
25………….6-1…[NR]…….SAT @ Wyoming
25). Nebraska
23………….5-2…[NR]..SAT vs (22)Michigan

Others receiving votes: Texas (18); Wisconsin (14); Arizona(10);
Toledo (8); Louisiana Tech (6); Cincinnati (5); Iowa State (5);
Northwestern (5); Arizona State (1); Penn State (1); TCU (1)
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