Richey's men's basketball ballot breakdown: March 12, 2019

Richey's men's basketball ballot breakdown: March 12, 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. Gonzaga (41) 29-2 1

2. Virginia (23) 28-2 2

3. North Carolina 26-5 3

4. Kentucky 26-5 6

5. Duke 26-5 4

6. Michigan State 25-6 9

7. Texas Tech 26-5 8

8. Tennessee 27-4 5

9. LSU 26-5 10

10. Michigan 26-5 7

11. Houston 29-2 12

12. Florida State 25-6 14

13. Purdue 23-8 11

14. Nevada 28-3 17

15. Kansas State 24-7 18

16. Virginia Tech 23-7 15

17. Kansas 23-8 13

18. Buffalo 28-3 19

19. Wisconsin 22-9 21

20. Wofford 28-4 22

21. Maryland 22-9 24

22. Auburn 22-9 NR

23. Marquette 23-8 16

24. Cincinnati 25-6 20

25. Villanova 22-9 23

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Central Florida 62, VCU 53, Mississippi State 37, Utah State 34, New Mexico State 16, Louisville 11, Murray State 11, Iowa State 8, Temple 4, Clemson 3, Liberty 1.

Scott's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Virginia 1

2. Gonzaga 2

3. North Carolina 6

4. Duke 3

5. Kentucky 5

6. Michigan State 10

7. Tennessee 4

8. Texas Tech 13

9. Houston 9

10. Michigan 7

11. LSU 12

12. Purdue 8

13. Florida State 18

14. Nevada 16

15. Virginia Tech 14

16. Kansas 15

17. Marquette 11

18. Buffalo 20

19. Wofford 21

20. Maryland 22

21. Kansas State 23

22. Auburn 25

23. Villanova 17

24. Wisconsin 24

25. Central Florida NR

SCOTT'S TAKE: Who would have guessed the American would be a four-bid conference without Wichita State? Houston is in, and a UCF win against Cincinnati (also in) certainly helped the Knights' cause. Temple then beating UCF should get the retiring Fran Dunphy and the Owls into the NCAA tournament one last time.

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