Lack of love for Bulldawg basketball is quite disturbing

Cup O' Joe | Joe Lombardi

I’m perplexed.
What does the Copperas Cove Bulldawg basketball team have to do in order for the pollsters who decide on such things as rankings to at least let Billy White’s team into the top 20?
Beat a top 10 team?  Done (Nov. 19, Lake Travis).  Hit the century mark against a big, strong outfit from District 8-6A?  Done (104-73, Dec. 15, San Angelo Central).  Go 16-1 so far?  Done.  
Something is wrong with this picture.
Maybe the pundits are waiting to see how Cove does against Temple in a non-league game on Thursday, or possibly what happens in the Mike Smith Victoria Classic Dec. 28-30, but that has nothing to do with the right now of things.
From another angle, maybe the Dawgs are happy with the current situation.  I’ve heard coaches say more than once that when you get ranked by the media, all it’s good for is painting a target on your back and possibly putting some unhealthy ideas in one’s head, but I sure don’t see that in this bunch of players.  They’re a good, level-headed group that are playing lights-out basketball and I think it’s past time for the Associated Press or whoever, to recognize it.
On the other hand, for weeks now, the Texas Girls Coaches Association has watched Cove’s Lady Dawgs compile an 18-2 mark, while going 3-0 in district play.  That’s good for a No. 6 ranking in class 6A, but the price of poker goes up today at 1 p.m. when the girls take on No. 16 Ellison in a top-20 battle at Bulldawg Gym.
One thing these teams have in common… They’ve both beaten No. 7 Midway and are tied with Killeen for the district’s top spot.
How about that for an early Christmas present? 
See you at the gym!
Go Dawgs!

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