My AP Top 25 ballot this week
Speaking of potential bias, on to my Top 25 ballot this week. I wasn't going to vote for UConn, what with three losses now after Tuesday night's loss to Maryland at Madison Square Garden.
Then I was going to vote for UConn, after: a.) the Huskies' impressive win on Saturday over an admittedly not very good Ohio State team and b.) a whole bunch of teams I had surrounding the Huskies on my ballot last week (Utah, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, West Virginia) also losing. And let's face it, a pair of three-point losses to Syracuse and Gonzaga, and a 10-point loss to Maryland isn't anything to be ashamed of, right?
Well ... sorta. It's starting to look like Syracuse and (maybe) Gonzaga aren't all that great. I actually bounced the Orange from my poll after their loss to St. John's on Saturday. I also got rid of Utah, Vanderbilt, Cincy, West Virginia and ... UConn. I kept the Zags, since they beat UConn, plus their three losses have been to Texas A&M, Arizona and UCLA, which trumps Gonzaga, Syracuse and Maryland -- if that makes any sense.
Also switched a bunch of teams around, dropping some of them a few slots even if they had perfect weeks. It's still early enough to maneuver teams who have been better (or worse) than I expected at the start of the season.
1. Michigan State
6. North Carolina
9. Iowa State
20. George Washington
21. Texas A&M