Rhode_Island_Red wrote: RhodyKyle wrote:
reef wrote:I think we will be 21 or 22 come Monday
That would be both awesome and a major miracle. URI would have to close a gap of 237 points to get to #22 (319 points to get to #21). Only a gap of 104 to get in at #25 which is where I think they belong.
I bet that d-bag KMac votes for PC after beating Xavier, Butler, and Creighton (all at home, Kevin...all at HOME) before he votes for URI.
Of course he will. Good dog, Li'l Kevie!
Once again, I really don't get the conspiracy theory here.
KMac certainly wasn't alone in his no-vote for URI, as 2/3 of the writers in the field passed on us as well. While flawed in some areas, his logic isn't that far off. The A10 is a dumpster fire this year. Ranked behind the Mountain West AND Missouri Valley (without Wichita State) conferences. It has a lower OOC winning % than the Mid-American and WCC.
Top 25 rankings are the most "what have you done for me lately" poll in all of sports. Our "big" win was 2 months ago. PC moved the needle a bit but until recently they were barely tracking to be a top 75 team.
The teams we have beaten since then have lacked both the "name" and ranking to inspire a big movement in pollsters minds, regardless of how we've looked.
We all know where my allegiance lies, but College of Charleston, Iona, FGCU, George Mason, La Salle, GW, St Louis, St Bonaventure, and UMass are not "commodities" that excite a national voter. @ Dayton is the first "name recognizable" team we've played during this win streak. That win coupled with the 10 in a row, is what will now put us in the rankings.
Though the OOC was put together masterfully and we did what we needed to do - the RPI reflected from that only helps us on selection sunday. Top 25 rankings are not a compilation of computer metrics. It's an eye test. Sorry but regardless of being a voter or not - NO ONE has the time to watch the games of 30+ teams in a week. No one's full time job is "top 25 voter," that responsibility is in addition to their day job.
Not for nothing but throughout the win-streak URI has had 2 games worth watching if you're a national coverage person - and those were up against prime top 25 matchups.
Just like in another year where we would all sit here and bitch if a WCC or MVC team were ranked ahead of us because they didn't "pay their dues" as it were, we're in that same spot.
The vitriol and victimhood people spit out on this board is some wild shit.
For all the complaining about needing a new coach within the last 10 months, to the "need for this team to lose to wake them up" in the midst of a conference season where they've ONLY LOST A SINGLE HALF OF BASKETBALL - I never see any of that crap thrown on paper at the Projo.
For all the ballwashing people give the national media - I'm yet to see a postgame locker room quote written by one of them. Really yet to see anything substantial outside of 1 sentence tweets that say we're good. Koch and the local guys are the only ones in the locker room getting quotes. Rag on the projo all you want but that's where 80% of all the info that gets out to the "national guys" comes from.
For the conspiracy theory people who throw out things like "when voters see local reporters not voting for local teams they won't vote for them either" while out of the other side of their mouth "VOTERS DONT DO ANY RESEARCH ON ANYTHING THEY JUST LOOK AT SCOREBOARDS..." how does that make any sense?
So the same lazy national reporters who won't look into details of all the teams in the ranking conversation, are pouring over research to go and look up who a local reporter is to a certain school, and see how they voted? How is that a logical connection?
Stop playing the victim. Stop looking for things to be offended by. Recognize how good we are that this is the shit you need to complain about.
For the first time in 2 decades every. single. complaint. about this program is about external factors and things away from the court. CELEBRATE THAT.
You all have got to live completely miserable existences to find the negative in a season full of positives such as this.
That's totally your right to do so, but god damnit keep it off the board. No one wants to be a fan of a team kicking ass all over the place and then come read some shit about why we can't celebrate it as much as we want to because of something as mundane as this.