You serious clark?
Top 25 has always been something to strive for.
It just has no bearing on making the tourney, where we stand in the conference, or anything that really matters. I’d bet most recruits have no idea who the bottom 10 teams in the poll are in any given week. I think we can all agree that we have been ranked solely on the basis of our nonconference record, and that it is now clear that we beat exactly one good team in that span. The NET rankings are way more important. The poll is an entirely subjective thing voted on by a bunch of people who may or may not actually watch games, especially during the first couple months of the season.