Two days after a heartbreaking loss to rival Louisville the Cincinnati Bearcats fell from 7th in last weeks AP Top 25 Poll to 11th this week. A four spot drop following the loss to Louisville seems a bit dramatic, especially considering Louisville moved up four spots.
A Russ Smith shot with 2.2 seconds left is essentially worth 4 spots in the AP poll, a one point win or loss is worth of a 4 spot gain. Rankings in the AP do not make any sense, Syracuse last weeks number one lost two in a row including a loss to Boston College winners of a mere seven games only fell to 4th in the AP Poll. Now why does Syracuse, losers of two straight only fall three positions and Cincinnati loses by one point falls four?
Polls make no sense, in reality Cincinnati and Louisville are essentially the same team, they’ve played twice this season Cincinnati won once by 3, Louisville the next by 1. They have the same records yet everyone thinks Louisville is playing some of the best basketball in the country. Now it is true Louisville garners way more attention than Cincinnati but still. If a team like St. Louis is ranked 10th and media members truly believe they are that good you cannot in all honesty say Cincinnati is not better than St. Louis, Villanova and Creighton.
Either way Cincinnati is still set for a solid seeding this tournament. They return to the court next Saturday in Storrs, Connecticut to face the Connecticut Huskies.