This week's meaningless listings of NCAA men's basketball teams are out, and there's not much change for the Orange. Syracuse manages to hold at seventh overall in the USA Today Coaches Poll (thanks, guys!), while they go up one in the AP Poll to eighth (also, thanks!).
Most of the shifting in this week's top 10 was attributed to Louisville's upset loss to North Carolina during yesterday's action. The Cardinals dropped down to ninth overall in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll, respectively. Ohio State jumped SU in the Coaches Poll by a few votes after beating American University last week.
As per usual, we also take a quick glance at the overall voter breakdown, to see who's a friend to the Orange Empire, and who gets the #AddThemToTheList treatment. All of this info was garnered via PollSpeak.
Highest Ranking (5th): Bob Holt, Scott Wolf, Seth Davis
Lowest Ranking (17th): Jon Wilner
Ron Morris must have gotten tired of hearing us bitch about his voting record, and he actually listed us at 12th (still, second-lowest of anyone who filled out a ballot). Syracuse was ranked eighth by 20 different media members, and on average, they were ranked 8.14.
Other, number-based ratings systems that might interest you a bit:
Colley Matrix: 40th
Massey Ratings: 22nd
Sagarin Ratings: 50th
KenPom Ratings: 27th
... Obviously, playing some quality opponents at the Maui Invitational should help out these numbers a bit, especially as far as strength of schedule is concerned.
ALSO, this week in Clownfraudulence:
Despite losing to Northeastern last week (HAHAHAHA), Georgetown somehow received a vote in the AP Poll released today. The perpetrator? Michael Hunt, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He had Syracuse at ninth, so no wide-ranging conspiracy I can find. He also went to South Carolina, so it's not as if he's a Hoya himself. Oddly, he did not have them ranked last week, but found it in his heart to put them there this week. Again, polls don't mean anything, a fact that is hammered home by the voters themselves week-in and week-out.