What is the difference between the two college basketball polls?

By: Derek Forrest
By: Derek Forrest

I was looking through posts on our WYMT Facebook page and thought I would address something.

I was looking through posts on our WYMT Facebook page and thought I would address something.

Someone noted that one of our articles had Florida listed as the 8th ranked team in the country, when they are ranked 7th in the nation.

Well, both are true, the Gators are ranked 8th in the nation according to the AP Polls(which is what WYMT/CBS uses) while Florida is ranked 7th according to the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Here is the difference: 

The AP or Associated Press poll is voted on by the media, more specifically 64 sportswriters and broadcasters from across the country. Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader is the only member of the Kentucky media who has a vote in this poll. Other media members of note, Seth Davis from Sports Illustrated and Dick Vitale of ESPN. A complete list of voters can be found here:

Associated Press College Poll Basketball Voters

The ESPN/USA Today poll is voted on by the USA Today board of coaches which is made up of 31 coaches at the Division 1 ranks.

After doing some digging, (didn't take much to find it), here are the 31 coaches who are members of the board this season:

Tommy Amaker, Harvard; Tevester Anderson, Jackson State; Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama; Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's; Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Rick Byrd, Belmont; Tim Cluess, Iona; Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio); Steve Donahue, Boston College; Scott Drew, Baylor; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Mark Fox, Georgia; Don Friday, St. Francis (Pa.); Bill Herrion, New Hampshire; Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa; Rob Jeter, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Mike McConathy, Northwestern State; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph's; Ron "Fang" Mitchell, Coppin State; Matt Painter, Purdue; Dave Paulsen, Bucknell; Randy Rahe, Weber State; Herb Sendek, Arizona State; Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth; Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts; Donnie Tyndall, Morehead State; Don Verlin, Idaho; Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara; Doug Wojcik, Tulsa.

Hope this answers some questions that some of you may have had and clears some things up. I know I found it interesting who voted in both the polls.

- Rock


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