Poll Attacks: Punishing Oklahoma for losing at No. 1 Kansas is stupid

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One AP voter had Oklahoma ranked No. 2 on his ballot last week.

Then Oklahoma took the No. 1 team to triple-overtime on the road before losing.

And that same AP voter then dropped Oklahoma two spots.

This is why the Poll Attacks were invented, people.

Let’s get it!

Associated Press poll: I knew somebody would do it.

While I sat in front of a television and watched Kansas and Oklahoma go back and forth and back and forth for three overtimes, I just knew somebody would punish the Sooners for losing a 109-106 3OT game to the nation’s top-ranked team inside Allen Fieldhouse, where virtually nobody ever wins. I knew it would be ridiculous, of course. But I knew somebody would do it.

And now here we are.

And that somebody is Scott Mansch.

Scott writes for a paper in Montana. He, like most AP voters, had Oklahoma ranked No. 2 on his ballot last week. Then the Sooners went out and took the nation’s No. 1 team to triple-OT on the road before losing by three points. They then rebounded Saturday with a double-digit win over Kansas State. And after that two-game stretch, Scott took stock of everything and decided that OU no longer deserved to be No. 2. So he dropped the Sooners to No. 4 on his ballot.

I mean, what in the world?

I invite any of you to explain to me how it’s sensible to drop the No. 2 team two spots for losing a triple-overtime game on the road to the No. 1 team. If anything, that performance showed Oklahoma is a lot closer to No. 1 than some probably realized. But Scott saw it differently. Somehow, his opinion of Oklahoma lessened after the Sooners took the nation’s No. 1 team to overtime on the road, and, I swear, I don’t even know what else to say. So silly.

Coaches poll: I acknowledged in the latest update of the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) that I might have Butler too high. But I’d rather have the Bulldogs too high than punish them for losing a competitive game they were supposed to lose to a higher-ranked team, the latter of which is what the voters in the Coaches poll did this week.

Butler was 19th in the Coaches poll last week. Then the Bulldogs won 77-72 at DePaul and lost 60-55 to No. 6 Villanova. And now Butler is 23rd in the Coaches Poll. Which means the Bulldogs dropped four spots simply because they lost a game that any school ranked 19th would be expected to lose.

I won’t ask if that sounds fair because who cares about fair?

But does that sound right?

As I’ve mentioned before, this happens all the time. And yet I’ll never understand how some voters conclude a team ranked No. 19 is no longer worthy of its No. 19 ranking after it loses a close game to a team ranked No. 6. Truth is, dropping Butler four spots for losing a close game to Villanova is just about as silly as dropping Oklahoma two spots for losing a triple-overtime game at Kansas. So perhaps the coaches are just following Scott Mansch’s lead.

Oklahoma Sooners (USATSI)
You dropped Oklahoma to No. 4 for losing to No. 1 Kansas in 3-OTs? (USATSI)


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