University of Virginia LogoGHooLion's Ballot for Week 19 of 2017-18

Submitted on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9:30AM EDT
1 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Earned the ACC double-dipper with a strong showing in NYC. The clear, obvious choice for #1 in every regard.
2 Villanova University Logo Villanova Earned the Big East Tournament title by ripping through Marquette and Butler, then surviving a "team of destiny" in Providence. Clear #2.
3 Xavier University Logo Xavier Lost its chance to move up by dropping a close game to the aforementioned Providence. This is a legit #1 seed, any way you slice it.
4 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati Marched through the AAC field and defeated an extremely feisty Houston team for the title. Metrics say that UC > KU.
5 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State No games since the last poll, but this team has earned the respect it is being given heading into the NCAAs.
6 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Shook off its tendency of having letdown games and blitzed through the Big XII tournament to earn the double dipper. Penn now awaits.
7 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Walloped San Francisco and BYU to earn the double dipper in the WCC. Xavier should be pissed to have this in the Sweet 16.
8 University of Michigan Logo Michigan No games since the last poll. This is one team that I was tickled not to see in Virginia's bracket. Beilein + postseason = magic.
9 University of Arizona Logo Arizona Excluding the 3 losses in Atlantis, this team has lost just 4 games all season. The talent is finally putting it all together - scary.
10 Purdue University Logo Purdue No games since the last poll. In any regard, this team can play with anyone in their NCAA bracket, Villanova included.
11 Duke University Logo Duke This team is just schizo enough to be down to UNC by 16 with 6:00 to go yet almost still win the game. How does that project for NCAAs?
12 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee Fell to a surging Kentucky squad in the SEC title game, but make no mistake: Barnes has this team poised as a threat in the NCAAs.
13 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina A 3-1 week in the ACC Tournament, with a single-digit loss to #1, is worthy of commendation, despite 10 losses (against a killer schedule).
14 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State No games since the last poll. A 5-seed on its face seems a little unfair, but facing Gonzaga in the Round of 32 is a travesty.
15 Auburn University Logo Auburn More concerning than the loss to a Jeykll-and-Hyde Alabama in the SEC Tournament is the skid upon which they are ending their season.
16 University of Houston Logo Houston This team has come on like a freight train in the second half of the season, even taking Cincinnati to the wire in the AAC Title game.
17 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia Once again, had a 3+ possession lead on Kansas. Once again, saw that lead evaporate like rain on the desert. Favorable NCAA draw.
18 Wichita State University Logo Wichita State No shame in losing a 3-point game in your conference tournament to a team as hot as Houston. Tough matchup in the Round of 32.
19 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Those 4 straight losses seem like a fairly distant memory now. This absurdly young team is starting to gel. Ridiculous NCAA draw, though.
20 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech Dough goes in, a 2-5 record in its last 7 games comes out. I don't really want to explain that.
21 Clemson University Logo Clemson Gave #1 overall a solid game in the ACC semifinals. Brownell's job at succeeding and keeping this train on the tracks is impressive.
22 Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola Chicago This team is good. Its only loss in the last 2 months is a 2-point road loss to a decent Bradley team. Upset potential.
23 University of Arkansas Logo Arkansas There's about 15 teams that could be in this range, but Arkansas looks the "okayest" to me. No shame in a loss to Tennessee.
24 University of Miami (Florida) Logo Miami (FL) Started out 14-0 against UNC in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, then proceeded to get dump trucked. Who else to put here, though?
25 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada Had some real trouble with SDSU to end the season, exemplified by the 2 double-digit losses in its last 3 games. Still a good team.