Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Poll Results:

The most recent polls were on complete different ends of the spectrum when it comes to final results. One of the polls was a tight race, whereas the other had a runaway winner. The first poll asked which was the best prep school basketball program in America, and the winner was not a shock. Hargrave Military Academy (VA) took in nine of the 34 votes to pick up the top spot. In second was "Other" with eight votes, followed by South Kent (CT) with seven selections. After that was Patterson (NC) with four and Notre Dame Prep (MA) with three. Harmony (OH), Findlay College Prep (NV), and Brewster (NH) were all left without a vote. I would guess that the eight "Other" votes were for schools such as New Hampton (NH), Our Savior New American (NY), Winchendon School (MA), and American Christian Academy (PA). I left off ACA because they are leaving the prep ranks, and according to http://njmg.typepad.com/zagsblog/ the school may even be closing. The next poll asked you to choose the best team from a mid-major conference during the 21st century, and the winner here was also not a shocker. The NCAA runner-up from the 2007-2008 season Memphis Tigers took in 17 of the 37 votes. Gonzaga finished a distant second with seven votes, and then came Xavier with six. After the Musketeers were St. Joseph's and Butler, with five and two votes respectively. Nevada, Southern Illinois, and all did not receive any votes. In you opinions, Memphis' recent success of three straight Elite Eight appearances clearly outweighed the long-term success of schools such as Xavier and Gonzaga.

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