Rick Bozich of WDRB shares his final college basketball Top 25 poll.
FLYING OVER AMERICA (WDRB) – Please remember this: The Associated Press does not collect final ballots from its college basketball poll members after the season ends.
The last ballots were collected in early March. The final AP record will show Connecticut, the national champion, at 18 and Kentucky, the runner-up, at Number 28.
So this IS NOT my final AP Top 25 college basketball ballot.
OK. Now we can proceed. The AP didn't want my Top 25 vote after the NCAA Tournament ended Monday night at AT&T Stadium with that 60-54 UConn victory. But I wanted to file a final ballot.
And I decided to do the last one in a special way. I took the results from four computer polls – Ken Pomeroy, Jeff Sagarin, Sonny Moore and the Ratings Percentage Index – as well as the final USA Today coaches' poll.
I did not consult Rex Chapman.
I assigned values to where every team was ranked in those five polls. I added the numbers, and then ranked the teams.
Example: Arizona ranked second in Pomeroy, Sagarin and the RPI – two points each. The Wildcats were third in Sonny Moore's formula. That's three for a total of nine. And the coaches voted Sean Miller's team fifth. That makes 14.
Florida, meanwhile, also earned 14 points – first in the RPI, a trio of thirds from Pomeroy, Sagarin and the coaches' poll and a fourth from Sonny Moore. That's also 14.
How did I break the tie?
I gave it to Arizona because the Wildcats ranked ahead of Florida in three of the five polls.
Scientific? Not at all.
Different? I think so
Worth debating? You decide.
But, remember, these are composite rankings that separate the teams for what they did over the entire season. I'm still expecting more love letters from my good friends in Omaha, Neb., and some new friends in Connecticut.
And if you're an Arizona fan, feel free to buy my lunch.
Here are the composite rankings.
1. Arizona (14)
2. Florida (14)
3. Wisconsin (22)
4. Virginia (31)
5. Louisville (34); The Cards are actually first in Pomeroy, Sagarin and Sonny Moore, but 22nd in the RPI.
6. Michigan (42)
7. Wichita State (42 – same tiebreaker as with Arizona/Florida)
8. Michigan State (43)
9. Connecticut (48)
10. Kansas (55)
11. Villanova (55)
12. Kentucky (59)
13. Duke (62)
14. UCLA (70)
15. Iowa State (75)
16. Tennessee (88)
17. Syracuse (95)
18. San Diego State (95)
19. Creighton (101)
20. Ohio State (109)
21. Baylor (114)
22. VCU (115)
23. Cincinnati (120)
24. Pitt (125)
25. Gonzaga (136)
Enjoy. Debate. Respond. And start the countdown to practice next October.