Question for Dave:
The D3 Hoops Top 25 is voted on on a weekly basis. With semesters ending this week and some schools next week, there are teams that have no games until the New Year. There are other teams that may have 3-4 games left between now and the New Year. How are those two scenarios looked at by the voters. Would a team lose votes if they don't play for almost 2-4 weeks, or are they voted on based upon YTD body of work regardless of how long they may have been off or don't have a game.
Hope the question makes sense. Not thinking of anyone in particular just a general question.
Yeah... there isn't a hard and fast rule for at least myself - I can't speak to other voters. I consider a team is on break and honestly wouldn't "punish" them except if a few other teams have made an argument they should move ahead of them... but then I am considering more of the entire body of work. Now, teams who haven't played have certainly moved up my ballot, but that's because teams ahead of them have started to under-perform their ranking... and again the entire body of work is considered.
I will say that a team who hasn't played in four weeks has a disadvantage because more and more teams around them and in the poll are playing... but that is because their body of work is starting to become easier (or harder) to compare.
As for not playing up to par when they get back from a break like that... it's a case-by-case scenario. Did a team struggles in their first game against a quality opponent or was it against someone they should have beaten? Also, there usually is more than just one game to look at. Pat mentioned the fact there is at least a week off during the holidays from the poll... that usually gives voters plenty of data to work off of (though, I remember last year Vir. Wesleyan was the #1 team maybe and while the poll was off for a week, they lost like three games of what ended up being four in a row... that made voting a bit interesting when we came back).
I hope that all makes sense.