Richey's ballot breakdown: White thriving with Seminoles

Richey's ballot breakdown: White thriving with Seminoles

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press voting member — Scott Richey's polls compared to those of the AP:

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Duke 1

2. Kansas 2

3. Michigan State 3

4. Villanova 4

5. Texas A&M 6

6. Wichita State 7

7. Notre Dame 5

8. Florida 8

9. Kentucky 9

10. Miami 10

11. North Carolina 14

12. Xavier 16

13. Gonzaga 17

14. Minnesota 12

15. West Virginia 18

16. Virginia 19

17. Arizona State 21

18. Cincinnati 15

19. UCLA 23

20. Purdue 25

21. Seton Hall —

22. Nevada —

23. TCU —

24. Southern California 11

25. Louisville 13

SCOTT'S TAKE: Seton Hall played itself back onto our ballot this week with a pair of wins against ranked opponents, knocking off Texas Tech and upsetting Louisville. The Pirates could challenge Villanova in the Big East behind seniors Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez. And just think if former classmate Isaiah Whitehead was still playing for Seton Hall instead of the Brooklyn Nets.

Men's AP Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Duke 1

2. Kansas 2

3. Michigan State 3

4. Villanova 4

5. Florida 6

6. Wichita State 8

7. Texas A&M 9

8. Kentucky 7

9. Notre Dame 5

10. Miami 10

11. North Carolina 13

12. Gonzaga 15

13. Xavier 21

14. Minnesota 12

15. Virginia 18

16. Arizona State 20

17. Cincinnati 11

18. West Virginia 19

19. Seton Hall —

20. TCU 23

21. Purdue —

22. Nevada —

23. Baylor 16

24. Tennessee —

25. Southern California 14

Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech 82, UCLA 75, Rhode Island 73, Creighton 53, Louisville 50, Texas 32, Alabama 21, SMU 15, Mississippi State 11, Kansas State 10, Arizona 10, Georgia 9, Washington State 9, Oklahoma 7, Providence 6, Florida State 6, Clemson 5, Valparaiso 5, Georgetown 4, Oklahoma State 3, UT Arlington 3, Western Kentucky 2, Towson 1.

Scott's Women's Top 25Team Prev.

1. UConn 1

2. Texas 2

3. Louisville 4

4. Mississippi State 5

5. Notre Dame 3

6. South Carolina 6

7. UCLA 7

8. Baylor 8

9. West Virginia 10

10. Tennessee 11

11. Florida State 12

12. Duke 13

13. Ohio State 9

14. Oregon 14

15. South Florida 15

16. Missouri 17

17. Kentucky 18

18. Maryland 19

19. Villanova 20

20. Syracuse 21

21. Texas A&M 16

22. New Mexico 22

23. Arizona State 23

24. California 25

25. Green Bay —

SCOTT'S TAKE: Chatrice White left Illinois in search of a better opportunity to win. She certainly found it. The ex-Illini helped Florida State go 26-7 last season and reach the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champs South Carolina. White and the Seminoles have picked right back up this year. She's averaging 10.1 points for unbeaten Florida State and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.

Women's AP Top 25

Team Prev.

1. UConn 1

2. Texas 2

3. Notre Dame 3

4. Louisville 4

5. South Carolina 5

6. Mississippi State 6

7. UCLA 7

8. Baylor 9

9. Oregon 10

10. West Virginia 11

11. Tennessee 12

12. Ohio State 8

13. Florida State 13

14. Duke 14

15. Maryland 15

16. South Florida 17

17. Missouri 19

18. Stanford 16

19. Oregon State 21

20. Kentucky 20

21. Texas A&M 18

22. Villanova 25

23. Green Bay —

24. Michigan 22

25. California 24

Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 41, New Mexico 26, Iowa 26, Marquette 13, Syracuse 12, Oklahoma State 8, DePaul 7, Southern California 7, Oklahoma 6, South Dakota State 4