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January 15, 2007 at 6:56 PM

Huskies no longer hold a poll position

For the first time this season, the Huskies aren’t ranked in either poll.
Here’s the AP Poll, and here’s the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.
And here’s my poll for the week — as I’ve pointed out before, I am the voter in the state of Washington this year.
1, Florida
2, Wisconsin
4, Kansas
5, North Carolina
6, Pittsburgh
7, Oregon
8, Texas A&M
9, Alabama
10, Ohio State
11, Arizona
12, Oklahoma State
13, Air Force
14, Duke
15, Butler
16, Notre Dame
17, Memphis
18, Nevada
19, LSU
20, Texas
21, Connecticut
22, Kentucky
23, Clemson
24, Tennessee
25, Washington State
I left the Cougars in my poll, feeling that an overtime loss on the road against a team like Stanford — which I think is quickly becoming a borderline top 25 team in its own right — wasn’t a real black mark.
As for the rest of it, my top three is the same as the real poll’s top three this week, which I think is the first time all year I’ve been in lock step with everyone else for those spots. Wisconsin cemented its hold on No. 2 with the win over Ohio State, in my estimation.
One of my biggest risers is Oregon, which I had at 14 last week, and one of my biggest drops is Duke, which I had at No.6 last week much to the consternation of a few of you who thought I had the Blue Devils too high. Looks like all of you who said that were right.
At least one of you asked a question about how I arrive at my poll for each week, how much time I spend on it, etc., so I’ll try to address that here.
I consider myself a big college basketball fanatic and have been for most of my life, so asking how much time I spend on it is hard to figure. I watch every game I can, and read everything about the sport I can, which I do even in years I’m not voting (this is the second time I’ve voted in the poll). So in a way, all of that time can be considered research for the poll even if I’d be doing it anyway.
As for what resources I use, I try to watch the highlight shows every night to see snippets of the games that aren’t on. I also check out as many web sites as I can — I don’t really depend on any specific ones but I regularly look at a dozen or so sports sites every day and often learn things that help me in my research for voting in the poll. Along with the mainstream web sites, I look at sites such as Ken Pomeory’s regularly.
I also make sure to look at up-to-date standings of every conference on Sunday — the poll is due by early Monday morning and I typically do mine Sunday night after the games of that day have been completed — to make sure I haven’t missed something during the week.
I also keep a file with all of my past polls so I can easily remember how I’ve voted in the past.

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