Fredette was the only player named on all 590 ballots submitted, and took 37 first-place votes, more than twice as many as Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, who’s in second. (A scoring slump has landed Walker in third.)
Might be tough to displace Fredette atop this list, too.
The nation’s leading scorer (27.2 points per game) was “held” to 25 points in the Cougars’ 90-52 win against Air Force, but as a cultural phenomenon he’s gonna be tough to beat. There’s a web site devoted to his Player of the Year candidacy, fans who go to any lengths to support him and even a music video.
Just as we expected, there is absolutely no consensus when it comes to the No. 1 team in college basketball.
In the new Coaches Poll released today, Villanova slots in as No. 1 overall, but Maryland received the same number of first place votes as the Wildcats and seven teams — seven! — received at least one first place vote, including No. 8 North Carolina and No. 9 Michigan State.