Final AP College Hoops Poll Released

On March 22, 2013, in Sporting News, by Buddy TB

March MadnessMarch Madness is underway and the brackets are set to go.  Basketball fans everywhere are preparing themselves for what promises to be yet another exciting NCAA College Basketball Championship Tournament. The 68 teams are making plans and getting ready to head to one of the four regional contests which will be played simultaneously around the country.

The Associated Press has released its final poll for the past 2012 college hoops season with Gonzaga taking the number one spot.  Not everyone, everywhere agrees with that pick……but the AP has spoken and they are…..still…the most respected and valued of all the national polls out there.

A CBS Reader Survey of 4,320 fans picking their favorites for the big tourney listed Gonzaga with 11.8%, Kansas with 17%, Indiana with 32.2% and Louisville with 39%.  Louisville is the number one seed in the Big Dance this year.

No matter how the National Tournament turns out, the regular season has been boxed and wrapped up.  Gonzaga won with Louisville, Kansas and Indiana filling out the top four spots and they are the four number one seeds in the Big Dance.

Ohio State moved up to number 7 after winning the Big Ten Tournament last week. They will get a relatively easy start with Iona in Round 2 but may well have to go up against Notre Dame in Round 3.

New Mexico snuck into the top ten by tying with Michigan for the ten spot on the strength of a strong finish this season. Oregon moved into the top 25 by virtue of its winning the Pac-12 tournament…but that victory only bought them a #12 seed in the Big Dance. The Ducks will face a very fast Oklahoma State team in Round 2.

In another testament of the strength of the Big Ten this year, Wisconsin ended up number 18 in the final AP Poll but holds a #5 seed in the West and will take on a surging Ole Miss Rebel team fresh from a victory over Florida in the SEC tourney.

Rounding out the AP final poll we find Miami of Florida coming in at number 5 despite the myriad problems that the U of Miami is having now with the NCAA.

Duke, Ohio State and Georgetown came in 6,7 & 8.  Anyone of these teams could take home the trophy this year when the March Madness dust has cleared away.

 

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