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Two poll voters pick BYU as this week's #1 team

Following a tumultuous week/weekend of games that saw the nation's top four ranked teams fall, a select few of us waited with bated breath for the release of the Week 16 college basketball polls.

How far would Ohio State fall? Could it be that the high volume of losses would actually cancel each other out and simply leave the top 4 as is? Would Dick Vitale rank Duke #1, #2 and #3?

I rarely poke around the submissions of each of the 64 media members privy enough to dictate the mood swings of teams across the country each week, but after seeing BYU receive two first place votes, I had to investigate.

Yes that right, lost in all the chatter of who should be #1 was that school where that Jimmer Fredette kid plays. The two guys who boldly penciled in the Cougars as this week's #1 team in the country? That would be the venerable John Feinstein, representing National Public Radio, and The Roanoke Times' Mark Berman.

Both writers had the cajones to jump Dave Rose's club - who have won their last five games by an average of 19 points - ahead of the top four teams that lost last week, and also over the Duke Blue Devils, the nation's current consensus #1 team.

This alone is noteworthy, but even more impressive is that both Feinstein and Berman also slotted MWC favorite San Diego State in as the #2 team in the nation.

Pretty neato, huh?

Overall the Azetcs and Cougars check in this week at #6 and #7, respectively. But for at least two voters, Saturday's re-match from a month ago, on national TV no less, will be a bout of college basketball's top two ranked teams.