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Basketball: What the top-25 polls are worth

Here’s all you need to know about the top-25 polls: Cal won twice last week by a combined margin of 53 points and dropped in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls.

After losing twice in New York, the Bears had fallen from No. 13 out of the AP top-25, finishing 29th. This week they are 37th.

Cal maintained a No. 23 ranking in the coaches poll, even after its Madison Square Garden defeats, then dropped two spots to 25th this week.

Certainly a 32-point win over Jacksonville and a 21-point conquest of Princeton aren’t cause to shoot Cal far up the ladder. But should they be reason to drop a team?

My guess is coach Mike Montgomery’s only interest in this week’s rankings involves his former player/assistant coach Eric Reveno, whose Portland team reached No. 25 in the AP poll, its first appearace in the rankings in 50 years.

Jeff Faraudo

One Comment

  1. Jeff, you can’t analyze Cal’s poll position simply by considering how it does in games. Everything is relative; you would have to analyze how other teams performed as well (relative to Cal). Polling is a rank ordering. Winning games shouldn’t have to vault a team up the rankings, and vice versa. Performance has to be evaluated relative to how other teams performed too.

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