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RCT Top 25 - Week One - 12/16/14

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The inaugural week of the second year of the RCT Top 25 basketball poll

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It's that time again, where we finally feel that we have enough information about the various college teams to start to make informed judgments of which team is superior to the others.  Even though there is still a lot more information to be gathered over the course of the season, we can definitively tell you that Kentucky is far and away the best team in the land, and will run away with an undefeated national championship season.

Oh, that's not what unanimous number 1 means?  Well in that case, let's just skip to the poll.

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Points
1 Kentucky(7) 175
2 Duke 162
3 Arizona 156
4 Louisville 151
5 Virginia 146
6 Villanova 143
7 Wisconsin 139
8 Texas 126
9 Gonzaga 118
9 Kansas 118
11 Iowa State 95
11 Wichita State 95
13 Ohio State 86
14 Oklahoma 77
15 Utah 71
16 Washington 56
17 Miami 55
18 Maryland 44
19 Butler 43
20 San Diego State 39
21 Baylor 38
22 Michigan State 27
23 Notre Dame 25
24 North Carolina 19
25 West Virginia 18
Others Receiving Votes: St. John's 16, Colorado State 13, Northern
Iowa 13, Georgetown 6, Harvard 2, Green Bay 1, Oklahoma State 1,
TCU 1


A few notes:

  • I'm having difficulties with copying the votes tables over, but I hope to update this with individual ballots sometime later today.
  • We only have 7 voters right now, so we are looking for more.  If you voted last year and are interested in voting again, let me know and I'll get you set up.  If you didn't vote last year and want to vote this year, let me know and I'll get you in.
  • Remember that each voter came up with their own criteria to determine their order.  Some have a formula they stick to, others use the famous "eyeball test".  Feel free to debate the merits of their position, but please don't ridicule someone for using a set a criteria that you don't find particularly credible.
  • As we saw last year, more information will become available in future weeks of the poll, including movements from the prior week.  We may even find someone this year who wants to comment about the teams in the poll.  Stay tuned.