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Indiana near-consensus No. 1 in the newest polls

Feb 25, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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For the fourth straight week, Indiana claims the No. 1 rankings in the AP poll, and this time there was little debate about whether or not they earned it.

The Hoosiers had 64 of the 65 first-place votes in the latest AP poll. Gonzaga got the other first place vote and sits at No. 2 in the latest poll. In the USA Today Coaches poll, Indiana received 28 of the 31 first place votes, with Gonzaga receiving the other three. That No. 2 ranking is the highest in the history of the Bulldog program.

(CLICK HERE to see both polls in their entirety)

The only real issue I have with either poll is that Michigan State has dropped so far.

I’ll never understand why voters feel that losing games on the road is such a negative. The road is not an easy place to get a win in league play, particularly in the Big Ten. Michigan State lost at No. 15 Ohio State, which came on the heels of a loss to the No. 1 team in the country, Indiana. Both were games that were within a single possession in the final minutes. I understand that the issues that Keith Appling has had can be a concern, but he’s been inconsistent all season long. It’s part of who Michigan State is.

Another interesting ranking this week: New Mexico. They went into Moby Arena and ended Colorado State’s 27-game winning streak in that building — which was the third-longest in the country at that time — and only managed to creep up a couple of spots to 14th.

Ah, basketball polls.

It’s great that polls don’t have any influence on the outcomes in our sport, isn’t it?

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. savoirlaire - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    That Gonzaga is number two is an absolute joke…their schedule sucks, their conference absolutely sucks, if they played in the Big Ten or Big East they would not have two losses. They would have ten. Whatever…

  2. bobby21y - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Mich St. Lost at home to Indiana this week. The game was not in Bloomington

  3. florida727 - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Another interesting ranking this week: New Mexico. They went into Moby Arena and ended Colorado State’s 27-game winning streak in that building — which was the third-longest in the country at that time — and only managed to creep up a couple of spots to 14th.

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    Because it was COLORADO State, not MICHIGAN State or OHIO State. It’s a geography thing, Rob.

    • Rob Dauster - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      People that are doing these rankings are supposed to know how good Colorado State is, right?

      • florida727 - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Allegedly. The thing, Rob, that I don’t get is how Lunardi has the Gators as a #1 seed, yet the polls have them 7th or 8th, and he’s supposed to be the “guru” guy. Doesn’t the selection committee use the polls to seed? I understand that whether you’re a #1 or a #2 really doesn’t matter other than bragging rights. Since it’s neutral site, all that really matters is not playing one of the top 8 until the Elite Eight.

  4. jpopejoy - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I want to know who could possibly give Gonzaga a first-place vote after Indiana went in to the Breslin center and won.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Wonderful quesion Pope. My guess…a Left Coast writer.

      • savoirlaire - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Well they lost to Illinois and Butler, really the only two teams on their schedule that are ranked (sorry, they beat OK St., by one point, in December). Other than that its a lot of crap wins–WVU, who sucks bad this year, Clemson, ditto, Oklahoma…meh. Gonzaga is ridiculously overranked this year, no doubt about it.

  5. brentsingleton1978 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Gonzaga will be put out in the first round of the tourney no matter what their ranking is

    • florida727 - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      You don’t work the sports book in Vegas, do you? If you do, please let me know which one. I’m a little tight on cash these days and could use some.

  6. imaduffer - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Gonzaga is the Boise State of basketball. They think they belong but they don’t.

  7. nickmiller63 - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Actually, Gonzaga is the Boise State of basketball — they both know they belong.

  8. swu32733 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Go Zags!!

  9. jpopejoy - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    The selection committee does not use the polls to seed out, which is why gonzaga won’t be a 1 seed. It’s also a joke if Miami and duke are. 2 #1 seeds from an insanely weak conference but only 1 #1 see from BY FAR the toughest conference in the big10?

  10. scoregasmic - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Someone in the media who actually thinks its weird that msu has dropped so far!? You sir are my new favorite writer

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