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Week 4 Basketball BlogPoll Top 25

Below you will find the Week 4 Basketball BlogPoll Top 25.

Obviously, the biggest news of the week was UCLA getting upset by #8 Texas in a close game last week.  Texas enjoyed a big jump in voter sentiment after that game, with 1 voter placing them in the top spot.  As usual, there is a public spreadsheet of how everyone voted.

Also noteworthy is Vanderbilt's entrance into the BlogPoll for the first time this year.  Vanderbilt is undefeated, and their record includes victories over solid ACC squads like Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.  Kudos to the Commodores for their outstanding work so far, despite losing so much from last year's team.

There is also some voter discussion over our rating of Pittsburgh, and not without good reason.  Pittsburgh is undefeated, but they have played a notably soft schedule, far softer than say, Vandy, who is ranked six spots below.  This is caused by typical poll inertia, and will certainly correct itself as time goes on.  You will also note that the swings are much smaller than those of last week's blogpoll, as you would expect. 

We are getting to the point now where there is an established base of teams, and we are now 6 or 7 games into the season.  Movement up and down will be smaller for upsets unless they are huge, and so forth.  But voters are likely to be unforgiving of consecutive losses, or two losses out of three games, etc.

Comments and observations, as usual, are welcome.


2007 - 08 Week Four Blogpoll
Average vote Rank last week Rank this week School (1st place votes) Conf. Direction Delta
1.69 1 1   Memphis (6)   Cusa -

1.92 3 2   North Carolina (5)   Acc 1
4.00 8 3   Texas (1)   Big12 5
4.00 4 4   Kansas   Big12 -

5.69 2 5   UCLA (1)   Pac10 3
5.77 6 6   Duke   Acc -

6.23 5 7   Georgetown   Bige 2
7.38 7 8   Washington St.   Pac10 1
9.62 11 9   Butler   Horiz 2
11.46 10 10   Louisville   Bige -

12.77 9 11   Texas A&M   Big12 2
12.92 12 12   Tennessee   Sec -

13.62 13 13   Michigan St.   Big10 -

14.00 15 14   Indiana   Big10 1
14.23 14 15   Marquette   Bige 1
17.23 16 16   Oregon   Pac10 -

17.69 19 17   Gonzaga   Wcc 2
18.62 18 18   Clemson   Acc -

19.23 17 19   Pittsburgh   Bige 2
19.31 21 20   Xavier   Atl10 1
20.38 20 21   BYU   Mwc 1
23.08 22 22   Miami (FL)   Acc -

23.23
23   Vanderbilt   Sec NPR
23.31 25 24   USC   Pac10 1
23.62 24 25   Villanova   Bige 1


NPR = Not previously ranked
TWO or = Jump > 3
New in poll:  Vanderbilt
Dropped out:  Southern Illinois