Commentary: The top five teams in both of the polls pretty much ended up in Reward's top five as well, and likewise with the next five teams, but there were larger discrepancies with whom the polls placed from #8 to #25 than where those teams appeared in the Rewards ordering. Many of those top teams in the polls, with 8-10 losses, were surpassed in the Rewards ranking by teams with 4-6 losses - but who are from weaker conferences. Therefore, Alabama, Florida State, Syracuse, Georgetown and St. John's were ranked about 10-15 spots lower by Rewards than where they appeared in the polls.
The unranked New Mexico State team, a #12 seed who Rewards ranked as #32, reached the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" which helped them to move up 2 spots in the postseason Rewards ranking. The "Fab Five" at Michigan, who lost to repeating NCAA champion Duke in the final NCAA postseason game, moved up from #16 (they were #15 in the AP, and #16 in the Coaches' poll) to #12 in the final Rewards rankings, but their 9 losses kept them from breaking into that "top 10", where those teams this year typically had 6 or fewer losses. (NIT champion Virginia moved up from #74 to #62.)
(This page last modified April 11, 2012 .)