Poll Attacks: How are you ranking Utah without ranking Miami?

Miami is 5-0 with two double-digit wins over preseason Top 25 teams.

Most people realize this.

But four voters apparently don’t.

So they get to take their turn in this week’s Poll Attacks.

Let’s get it!

Associated Press poll: I spent half the weekend tweeting about how awesome Miami has been this season. But if you missed it somehow, this is what you need to know: Miami is 5-0 with a 105-79 win over Mississippi State, a 90-66 win over Utah and an 85-75 win over Butler. Utah and Butler were ranked 16th and 24th in the preseason. So that means Miami has two double-digit wins over preseason Top 25 teams. And the Hurricanes are doing it with an offense that ranks second nationally in efficiency, according to KenPom.

Simply put, they’re good — and they have the wins to prove it.

And yet four AP voters still didn’t rank Miami this week.

They are:

Here’s the worst part: Rooney, Mansch and Alexander didn’t rank Miami but did rank … wait for it … Utah! Mansch has Utah ranked 18th, Alexander has Utah 19th and Rooney has Utah 23rd. I mean, it’s basically ludicrous, independent of everything else, to not rank a Miami team that’s 5-0 with five double-digit wins, including two double-digit wins over preseason Top 25 teams. But how in the world do you decline to rank undefeated Miami while continuing to rank the Utah team Miami just beat by 24 flipping points?

Let me put it another way.

Miami is 5-0 with two double-digit wins over preseason Top 25 teams — including a 24-point win over Utah. Meantime, Utah is 4-1 with zero wins over preseason Top 25 teams — and the loss is a 24-point loss to Miami. And you’re ranking Utah, but not Miami?

Good lord.

I don’t even know what else to say.

Coaches poll: I think Georgetown is pretty good and will be pretty good this season. Let’s make that clear. But Georgetown is currently 1-3 with a home loss to Radford, and I just can’t grasp how a 1-3 team with a home loss to Radford is getting votes in a Top 25 poll.

But the Hoyas did.

Some man voting in the Coaches poll had Georgetown ranked 25th this week.

Again, that’s a 1-3 team with a home loss to Radford.

On a Top 25 ballot.

Perhaps for the first time in history.

Angel Rodriguez was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. (USATSI)
Miami, led by Angel Rodriguez, should be ranked on everybody’s ballot. (USATSI)

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