Northern Arizona Coach Mike Adras Voted Ohio State Number 1 Over UConn

Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras was the only voter in the ESPN/USA Today poll not to vote tournament champion UConn the number one team in the final poll of the season. Instead, Adras voted Ohio State number one and Kansas second in his ballot, followed by UConn.

Explaining his decision, Adras said “I voted for who I thought was the best team in the country based on the entire body of work during the season. I believe it is Ohio State. I want to congratulate Connecticut for winning the NCAA tournament. They deserved it.”

The 30 other voters in the coaches’ poll put UConn first followed by Butler, and Kentucky. The other Final Four participant, VCU, ended up sixth in the final poll, with Ohio State and Kansas ahead of them.

Adras must be reading LBS because we wrote the exact same thing a week ago saying none of the Final Four teams deserved to be the national champion. Was UConn the best team in the country? I still say no. Was Butler the second best team? Far from it. And was Kentucky the third best? Were all these teams better than Ohio State or Kansas? Not in my eyes, and I’m glad at least one person was thinking outside the box and voted accordingly.

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  • Anonymous

    Call me a homer…but I don’t think a team can stay as “hot” as UConn did for such an extended period of time and not call them the best team in the country. It’s one thing if they didn’t beat anyone in the regular season, but they had plenty of quality wins. Maybe they aren’t the actual No. 1, but they have to be top three and at the end of the season it’s all splitting hairs anyway and doesn’t really make a difference.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    They’re certainly a really good team and arguably had the best player in the country, but I think there’s a difference between hot and best. They didn’t have to face Ohio State, Duke, or Kansas, all teams I think that would have beaten them.