Virginia had an amazing week last week.
If you missed it, here's the recap: First, the Cavaliers beat a Virginia Tech the team ranked 11th at KenPom on the road. Final score: 64-58. Then they went back to the road, where Michigan State lost earlier this season, and beat a Louisville team ranked 19th at KenPom. Final score: 64-52. That's two wins on the road against KenPom's top 20 teams with a total of 18 points. So you can reasonably say that in the sport of college basketball no one has been more impressive than Virginia (the only exception possible) North Carolina, according to the 88-72 delivery of UNC's victory to duke Zion Williamson missed 39 minutes out of 40 possible in this match).
And yet, Virginia has yet dropped five Parlay Game ballots!
I only know because a reader reported it to me. But that's true. Virginia beat two ranked teams on the road and, incredibly, dropped on five different ballots. Kevin McNamara dropped the Cavaliers from third at Fourth and moved Kentucky in front of them, even if nothing happened last week that would justify passing Kentucky before Virginia. And Brian Holland, Cecil Hurt, Dave Preston and T.J. Werre all dropped the Cavaliers second at third – apparently because they just did not want to put Virginia in the front row after the previous number 1 of each ballot (Duke), who had lost a home game against UNC. So they each jumped Gonzaga at No. 1, dropped Duke at No. 2 and Virginia at No. 3.
To be clear, I have no problem with a ballot that looks like these ballots.
More specifically, like this:
I mean, it's also the top three of Monday morning Top 25 and 1. So, I'm cool with these schools in this order. But here's my question: If you thought Virginia deserved to beat Gonzaga last week, what happened last week to make you think otherwise now? Once again, Virginia beat two of KenPom's top 20 teams on the road in front of invaded and hostile crowds. What the Cavaliers did last week was so impressive that they came first at KenPom. And yet, five voters dropped them on ballots from the Associated Press? Wild.
As I write it every week: this is not the biggest deal in the world.
But that's precisely why these #PollAttacks exist.