Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Jan. 8, 2019

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Jan. 8, 2019

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press Top 25 voter — Scott Richey's polls compared with those of the AP:

AP Top 25

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Notre Dame (12) 14-1 2

2. Louisville (10) 14-0 3

3. UConn (3) 12-1 1

4. Baylor (5) 11-1 8

5. Oregon 13-1 5

6. Stanford 12-1 6

7. Mississippi State 14-1 7

8. North Carolina State 15-0 9

9. Maryland 13-1 4

10. Oregon State 12-2 11

11. Texas 12-2 13

12. Syracuse 13-2 14

13. Tennessee 12-2 10

14. Gonzaga 15-1 17

15. Marquette 12-3 20

16. Kentucky 14-2 16

17. Iowa 10-3 19

18. Minnesota 12-2 12

19. Arizona State 11-3 22

20. Iowa State 12-2 25

21. South Carolina 10-4 23

22. Florida State 14-1 NR

23. Michigan State 11-3 15

24. California 10-3 18

25. Indiana 14-1 NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Miami 44, Rutgers 41, Missouri 39, DePaul 23, Texas A&M 8, South Dakota 5, Central Michigan 3, Utah 2, Butler 2, Drake 2, Ohio 2, Virginia Tech 1, UCF 1.

Scott's Top 25

Team, Prev.

1. Baylor 10

2. UConn 1

3. Notre Dame 2

4. Louisville 3

5. North Carolina State 5

6. Stanford 6

7. Oregon 7

8. Mississippi State 8

9. Maryland 4

10. Oregon State 12

11. Texas 13

12. Syracuse 15

13. Tennessee 9

14. Florida State 16

15. Gonzaga 17

16. Marquette 22

17. Kentucky 14

18. Iowa 20

19. South Carolina 25

20. Minnesota 11

21. California 19

22. Arizona State NR

23. Iowa State NR

24. Miami NR

25. Rutgers NR

SCOTT'S TAKE: Baylor's win against UConn created a quandary at the top of the ballot. Reward the Bears for their win against the No. 1 team in the country (like UConn after the Huskies beat Notre Dame) or bump up unbeaten Louisville? Obviously, Baylor got the top spot. The ding on the Cardinals is their schedule. Sure, they've got 14 wins, but only a couple (Arizona State and Kentucky) really stand out.

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