First of all, thank you Rimrocker for having my back. When I read "bigred's" statement, I actually rechecked my own because I knew I clearly stated it went both ways.
Let's understand something here everybody. The toughest week to vote is the first one. We can only go by the results that we are aware of. Coach Clement has been very open as to what may have affected a teams ranking. The fact of holding it two weeks apart is a great idea. Two weeks of results will definitely make a bigger difference than one week. It educates us in the poll as to who is doing what. I admitted I didn't have Bishop Redding in my rankings because I was unaware of their results. Now that results have been posted, it helps.
I noticed that already we are getting slack because one team beat another this week. Please keep in mind, that our votes were submitted Sunday and none of us are going to flood Coach Clement's email box with new rankings every day. These results will help for the next poll for sure.
Also, I do not base my rankings on whether a player is missing or not. I have read that Eastern was missing their big man. Though his presence may be missed, at the end of the day, it is a team game. If Eastern loses a game, I don't look at whose missing or not but I do look at quality of opponent and games between teams on the poll or close to it. For instance, take the Johnson- St Marys case. I have to weigh things such as:
Johnson went 0-2 at the Henry Carr tournament
St Marys reached the consolation final of that same tournament
St Marys beat Mother Teresa and St Mikes
St Marys lost to Crothers by 73 points and D'Youville by 47
St Mary's lost to Johnson by 29
Johnson went 0-2 at the Henry Carr tournament and didn't make any playoffs in that tournament
Johnson beat Redmond by 30 and St Marys by 29 in league play
So, I don't just jot down a bunch of schools in 5 minutes and submit them to Coach Clement. I give the schools the respect they deserve and work out everything based on the info I have. I'm pretty sure all coaches involved in the poll do the same. Let's be honest, somebody is going to disagree with my rankings and others will think it's right. It's the nature of doing something like this.
Please keep posting as many results as possible folks.