University of Virginia LogoGHooLion's Ballot for Week 15 of 2017-18

Submitted on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:32AM EST
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1 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Despite the loss, UVA remains #1 in KenPom, #1 in RPI, #2 in Sagarin, and is the Committee's overall #1 seed. This is the best team.
2 Villanova University Logo Villanova The loss to St. John's is an ugly one, but this is the same team that thumped Xavier. Still #2 in KenPom, #3 in RPI, and #1 in Sagarin.
3 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State Beating Purdue: GREAT! Giving up 93 to Iowa: MEH! Haven't beaten a team with fewer than 10 losses by 10+ since December 3rd. Not #1...
4 Xavier University Logo Xavier Getting a little too much credit for beating two inferior teams by 5 combined points. Still, 2-0 is 2-0, and 23-3 is 23-3.
5 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati Cincinnati straight dump-trucked SMU and UCF. Similar to #2 v. #4 above, hard to rank Cincinnati above a team to which it lost.
6 Purdue University Logo Purdue I'm not punishing a team severely when that team went 0-2 against OSU and MSU by a combined 4 points. Purdue built up that equity.
7 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech I wish I could bump TTU up more than just 1 spot for two double-digit wins against the Big XII. Real threat to Kansas's dominance...
8 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State The leader of the Big XIV is not MSU or Purdue, it's this team. The win at Purdue is a Top 3 win by any team this season.
9 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga In the land of the 1-1 teams, the 2-0 team is king, particularly when it avenges the St. Mary's loss in dominating fashion.
10 Auburn University Logo Auburn One of the aforementioned 1-1 teams, but I'd be a hypocrite if I held a 1-point loss to a surging team against Auburn too much...
11 University of Rhode Island Logo URI This team will run the table in the A10; will be criminally underseeded in the NCAAs; and will make some 1-seed's life Hell in the Sweet 16.
12 Clemson University Logo Clemson I've seen all I need to see: if this team can lose Grantham and still run this smoothly, Clemson is for real.
13 Duke University Logo Duke Followed the come-from-ahead non-victory against UNC with a game against GT that Duke negligently made closer than it should have been.
14 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Followed up the gritty win against TCU with a gruesome loss at Baylor. Top 10 teams don't get pasted at Baylor.
15 Saint Mary's College of California Logo St. Mary's Coming up short against Gonzaga, by double digits, stings. Still 23-3, and still a dangerous team come March.
16 University of Arizona Logo Arizona Something's just off with this team. Teams with this much individual talent shouldn't drop home games to UCLA.
17 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee Coming off that nice win at Rupp Arena, Tennessee proceeds to get "woodshedded" at Alabama. Refocusing time for the Volunteers...
18 Wichita State University Logo Wichita State Looked much more like the team I expected to see this year with this week's pastings of Memphis and UConn.
19 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina It wasn't always pretty, but 2-0 against Duke and at NCST moves the needle for me.
20 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia Oh, WVU: you do something like winning on the road at Oklahoma; then you turn around and completely blow a home game to OSU-South.
21 Arizona State University Logo Arizona State YAY! A 2-0 week for the first time in ages, and a better mark against the same teams against which Arizona went 1-1.
22 University of Michigan Logo Michigan Generally, getting exposed by Northwestern is a surefire way to fall like a stone. However, everything below 21st is a free-for-all today.
23 New Mexico State University Logo New Mexico State This team defends; this team rebounds; this team wins (22-3); and this team is a threat to ruin someone's March.
24 University of Oklahoma Logo Oklahoma The Trae Young Express has officially pulled an Amtrak. Losers of 3 straight now, OU must regroup.
25 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada I debated dropping Nevada, but UNLV isn't a bad team, and no other team is really distinguishing itself enough to merit inclusion.