How did Georgia’s men’s basketball team wind up ranked in the latest AP Poll?

How did Tom Crean's 5-9 Georgia Bulldogs get the top 25 votes?

How did Tom Crean’s 5-9 Georgia Bulldogs get the top 25 votes?
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Georgia football is currently preparing for its first national league game since 2017. Georgia men’s basketball, led by coach Tom Crean, on the other hand, is at the bottom of the SEC rankings with an overall record of 5-9. Their last five games consisted of a loss to George Mason, a single-digit victory over Western Carolina, a loss to East Tennessee, a loss to Gardner-Webb and a loss to Texas A&M.

So when the AP poll of men’s basketball released on January 3, it was a shock to many of us to see Georgia in the category of “getting votes too”.

Georgia received 22 votes, which means SOMEONE ranked Georgia fourth in the whole country! How does such a thing happen? It must be a mistake, right? Apparently, yes. Was.

Stefano Tsai, author for the Honolulu Star Advertiser, is the culprit of this Scooby-Doo mystery. Tsai, in fact, ranked Georgia no. 4 in the country.

How come? Well, apparently, Tsai must have mistaken the “G” in the Georgia logo for Gonzaga’s “G” or something. Tsai thought he was voting for the Gonzaga Bulldogs 11-2, and mistakenly ended up giving the Georgia Bulldogs 22 votes. Tsai has never offered an official statement regarding his mistake, but the mistake has since been corrected and the AP survey, which was updated mid-week, Georgia is no longer listed anywhere.

Tsai made a mistake that I’m sure he won’t live on for a few months, or at least until the end of college basketball season. It happens to the best of us. Similar mistakes have happened in the past, as in 2020 when Maria Taylor forgot to include Anthony Davis in her All-NBA ballot. Many other All-NBA voters have come to his defense claiming to have made similar mistakes in the past.

The only good thing people should draw from this whole situation is how quickly the Associated Press reached out to Tsai and resolved the problem. It took them less than two days to contact, confirm they made a mistake and adjust their rankings accordingly. Having the flexibility to correct obvious errors is an important factor in ensuring that voters never feel pressured to always be 100% accurate.

As was the case when Major League Baseball rolled out their replay review system in 2014, the AP realized that oversights sometimes occur and being able to fix them will only help the sport in the long run. These dips in concentration shouldn’t jeopardize the integrity of college basketball or the AP rankings. It’s nice to see that he didn’t. Even if it’s damn funny.

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