EJSIC College Basketball Top 25 – Week 17

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Kentucky remains number one as they continue to cruise through the SEC. Syracuse stays at number two as they were able to sneak past Connecticut.

Remember that this poll also includes a combined ballot from the polls submitted by readers. 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. Kentucky 28-1 (99 – 3)

2. Syracuse 29-1 (97 – 1)

3. Kansas 24-5 (90)

4. Duke 25-4 (85)

4. Michigan State 24-5 (85)

6. North Carolina 25-4 (81)

7. Missouri 25-4 (76)

8. Ohio State 23-6 (68)

9. Marquette 24-5 (66)

10. Baylor 24-5 (59)

11. Georgetown 22-6 (58)

12. Wisconsin 21-8 (55)

13. Murray State 28-1 (50)

14. Michigan 21-8 (49)

15. Wichita State 26-4 (46)

16. Indiana 22-7 (35)

17. Florida 22-7 (34)

18. UNLV 24-6 (33)

19. Louisville 22-7 (28)

20. Notre Dame 20-10 (27)

21. Florida State 19-9 (25)

22. St. Mary’s 25-5 (17)

23. Temple 22-6 (8)

24. Virginia 21-7 (7)

25. Creighton 25-5 (6)

Others receiving votes: Long Beach State (4), New Mexico (4), Temple (3), San Diego State (2), Memphis (1), Purdue (1), VCU (1)

Eric D’s Bracketology 2-27-12

East Regional(Boston, MA)                          South Regional(Atlanta, GA)
1. Syracuse(Big East)                                    1. Kentucky(SEC)
16. MVSU(SWAC)/UT-Arl(Southland)           16. Stony Brook(Am. East)
-Consol Energy Center(PA)                              -KFC Yum! Center(KY)
8. Iowa State                                                      8. Virginia
9. Alabama                                                         9. Memphis(C-USA)

5. St. Mary’s(WCC)                                            5. Temple(A 10)
12. Seton Hall                                                     12. Colorado State/Miami
-Rose Garden(OR)                                             -Rose Garden(OR)
4. Michigan                                                           4. Wisconsin
13. Oral Roberts(Summit)                                13. Drexel(CAA)

3. Ohio State                                                        3. Baylor
14. Nevada(WAC)                                              14. Valparaiso(Horizon)
-KFC Yum! Center(KY)                                       -The Pit(NM)
6. Murray State(OVC)                                         6. Florida State
11. Southern Mississippi                                      11. Long Beach State(Big West)

7. San Diego State                                                7. Purdue
10. Washington(Pac 12)                                     10. Connecticut
-Consol Energy Arena(PA)                                    -Greensboro Coliseum(NC)
2. Marquette                                                           2. North Carolina
15. Belmont(A Sun)                                             15. Davidson(So. Con.)

West Regional(Phoenix, AZ)                              Midwest Regional(St. Louis, MO)
1. Kansas(Big 12)                                                 1. Michigan State(B1G)
16. Savannah St(MEAC)/UNC-A(Big So)           16. LIU-Brooklyn(NEC)
-CenturyLink Center(NE)                                         -Nationwide Arena(OH)
8. St. Louis                                                               8. New Mexico
9. Mississippi State                                                  9. Kansas State

5. Creigton                                                                5. Indiana
12. Cincinnati                                                           12. Arizona
-The Pit(NM)                                                              -Bridgestone Arena(TN)
4. UNLV(Mtn. West)                                                4. Louisville
13. Middle Tennessee St(Sun Belt)                    
13. Xavier/Texas

3. Georgetown                                                           3. Wichita St(MVC)
14. Akron(MAC)                                                       14. Iona(MAAC)
-Nationwide Arena(OH)                                              -Bridgestone Arena(TN)
6. Florida                                                                     6. Notre Dame
11. BYU                                                                      11. Harvard(Ivy)

7. Gonzaga                                                                  7. Vanderbilt
10. California                                                               10. West Virginia
-Greensboro Coliseum(NC)                                         -CenturyLink Center(OH)
2. Duke(ACC)                                                              2. Missouri
15. Weber St(Big Sky)                                               15. Bucknell(Patriot)

Bids by Conference:
(9) Big East
(6) B1G, Big 12
(5) SEC, ACC
(4) Mtn. West
(3) Pac 12, A 10, WCC
(2) C-USA, MVC

Last 4 IN: Xavier, Texas, Colorado State, Miami
First 4 OUT: South Florida, Northwestern, Oregon, St. Joe’s
Next 4 OUT: VCU, Dayton, Colorado, UCF

 


 

Billy Gillispie and That Dead Horse

Not so much, Billy.

I saw that KSR had posted this on their blog and thought it deserved mention here as well.

Here is a list of players that were committed to play for UK prior to the Texan’s termination along with their current playing status.

Would be juniors this year:

GJ Vilarino verbal to Billy Gillispie; de-committed after Calipari hire  (McKinney HS, McKinney, TX; ends up at Gonzaga; transfers to (and currently at) Appalachian St)

Konner Tucker verbal to Billy Gillispie; de-committed after Calipari hire (Paschal HS, Fort Worth, TX; Lon Morris JC, Jacksonville, TX; ends up at Wake Forest; transfers to (and currently at) Sam Houston St)

 

Would be sophomores this year:

Dakotah Euton verbal to Billy Gillispie; de-committed after Calipari hire  (Scott Co HS, Georgetown, KY; Rose Hill Christian HS, Ashland, KY; ends up at Akron; transfers to (and currently at) Asbury Univ (NAIA) spring ‘11)

K.C. Ross-Miller verbal to Billy Gillispie (God’s Academy, Desoto HS, Desoto, TX; ends up at LSU, academically ineligible for 2010-11 – high school transcript didn’t pass NCAA Clearinghouse; plays 2010-11 season at Univ of New Orleans (Div III), then transfers to (and currently at) New Mexico State; enters 2011-12 season as a soph)

Dominique Ferguson verbal to Billy Gillispie; reopened his recruitment after Calipari hire (Lawrence North HS, Indianapolis, IN; ends up at Florida International U)

 

Would be freshman this year:

Vinny Zollo verbal to Billy Gillispie as an 9th grader; reopened his recruitment after Calipari hire (George Rogers Clark HS, Winchester, KY; ends up at WKU)

Would be freshman NEXT year:

Michael Avery verbal to Billy Gillispie as an 8th grader; de-committed after Calipari hire (Crespi HS, Encino, CA; commits to Sonoma State (Div II).  Avery sat out his high school junior season after returning to Crespi HS following a transfer to Montverde Academy in Florida).

 

So, seven players total, at Appalachian St, Sam Houston St, Asbury U (NAIA), New Mexico St, Florida International, WKU and Sonoma St (Div II) .. wow!

I know it’s easy to say that anyone pales when compared to the level of success Calipari has had at his short stint at UK, but it’s staggering to think of where UK is now versus where they could be with Billy G.

Even if you assume that his mediocre recruits all qualified (which they didn’t), and that half of the team wouldn’t have been dismissed for “toughness” issues (which they would have been), UK would be an LSU level bubble team at best in 2011-12. Even that is being a bit kind.

Let’s see… A “tough guy” headcase with mediocre to awful results versus a “salesman” toting the best team in America in his suitcase. How do you think UK did on that decision?

Luke Warm Linkage

Ants, right?

 

Eric D’s Bracketology 2-20-12

East Regional(Boston, MA)                           South Regional(Atlanta, GA)
1. Syracuse(Big East)                                     1. Kentucky(SEC)
16. MVSU(SWAC)/UT-Arl(Southland)            16. Stony Brook(Am. East)
-Consol Energy Center(PA)                               -KFC Yum! Center(KY)
8. San Diego State                                             8. Virginia
9. Kansas State                                                  9. West Virginia

5. Wisconsin                                                       5. Florida State(ACC)
12. Seton Hall/Texas                                          12. Northwestern
-Rose Garden(OR)                                             -Rose Garden
4. Wichita State(MVC)                                       4. Temple(A 10)
13. Oral Roberts(Summit)                                13. Drexel(CAA)

3. Marquette                                                         3. Baylor
14. Nevada(WAC)                                              14. Valparaiso(Horizon)
-KFC Yum! Center(KY)                                       -The Pit(NM)
6. New Mexico(Mtn. West)                                6. Murray St(OVC)
11. Long Beach State(Big West)                    
11. Connecticut

7. St. Louis                                                            7. St. Mary’s(WCC)
10. California(Pac 12)                                         10. Iowa State
-Consol Energy Center(PA)                                  -Greensboro Coliseum(NC)
2. Ohio State                                                          2. North Carolina
15. Akron(MAC)                                                   15. Weber State(Big West)

West Regional(Phoenix, AZ)                               Midwest Regional(St. Louis, MO)
1. Michigan State(B1G)                                        1. Missouri(Big 12)
16. Savannah St(MEAC)/UNC-A(Big So)            16. LIU-Brooklyn(NEC)
-Nationwide Arena(OH)                                            -Century Link Center(NE)
8. Mississippi State                                                  8. Memphis
9. Southern Miss(C-USA)                                      9. Purdue

5. Florida                                                                   5. Indiana
12. Cincinnati                                                           12. Xavier
-The Pit(NM)                                                             -Bridgestone Arena(TN)
4. UNLV                                                                     4. Louisville
13. Middle Tennessee St(Sun Belt)                    13. Arizona/Miami(Fl)

3. Georgetown                                                           3. Michigan
14. Davidson(So Con)                                             14. Iona(MAAC)
-Nationwide Arena(OH)                                             -Bridgestone Arena(TN)
6. Creighton                                                                6. Notre Dame
11. BYU                                                                     11. Washington

7. Gonzaga                                                                  7. Vanderbilt
10. Alabama                                                                10. Harvard(Ivy)
-Greensboro Coliseum(NC)                                        -Century Link Center(NE)
2. Duke                                                                         2. Kansas
15. Belmont(A Sun)                                                   15. Bucknell(Patriot)

Last 4 In: Seton Hall, Texas, Miami, Arizona
First 4 Out: North Carolina State, Saint Joe’s, South Florida, Oregon
Next 4 Out: Central Florida, Colorado State, VCU, Minnesota

Bids by Conference:
(9) Big East
(7) B1G
(6) Big 12
(5) ACC, SEC
(3) Mtn. West, WCC, Pac 10, A 10
(2) C-USA, MVC

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