Missouri lands at No. 3 and Kansas No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, but for a while the biggest revelation is where the Jayhawks landed on a couple of ballots.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Or didn’t land.
According to the voting results on USA Today’s web site, Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart and Boston College’s Steve Donahue left Kansas off their top 25.
Indeed, they did. And both said it was a mistake.
A VCU spokesman said Smart had intended to include Kansas on his ballot _ he had them 5th the previous week _ but made a mistake.
“A total oversight,” VCU spokesman Scott Day responded in an email. Smart tried to correct it but it was too late, Day said.
Donahue also said he made a mistake. He fired off several messages on his Twitter account @Coach_Donahue when he realized he had omitted Kansas and Wisconsin from his final ballot.
“I would like to apologize for this oversight. I have only the utmost respect for both of those programs…Bill Self and Bo Ryan are 2 of the best coaches and their teams had terrific years…Both teams should obviously be included in any top 25 and I wish them luck in the NCAA Tournament.”
The Tigers received one first-place vote, cast by Rob Jeter of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Baylor is ranked 10th. Wichita State is No. 19 and Creighton No. 20.
The final coaches poll will be conducted after the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri is No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll of the season, an all-time high finish for the Tigers in the AP poll.
Kansas finished the year at No. 6, Baylor ninth, Wichita State No. 18 and Creighton No. 19.
Kansas State and Iowa State received votes on both polls.