College Basketball

Florida State, West Virginia Prove Pollsters Are Frauds

Mike KhalilCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2009

In my last column, I used Florida State and West Virginia as case studies in the fallacies of college basketball polls.

Earlier in the week, West Virginia (23-11) overwhelmed No. 2 Pittsburgh (28-4) at Madison Square Garden, and No. 22 Florida State (25-8) defeated the Tar Heels (28-4) in Atlanta earlier today.

While both were upsets, neither result should be much of a surprise to anyone who pays attention to college basketball. Which, of course, is why neither team is in the Top 20.

West Virginia has four victories over Top 25 teams, yet is unranked.

Florida State, meanwhile, has three wins in the Top 10 and four in the Top 15.

They can now look ahead to the ACC Final tomorrow. Sure, a game against Maryland would be a dogfight, and Duke would rightfully be favored over FSU.

But should the Seminoles be crowned champion tomorrow, after defeating No. 1 North Carolina (and possibly No. 9 Duke), they will do so ranked No. 22 in the country.

Both teams have shown how good they have been all season. So a word to the pollsters: Start paying attention!

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