Kennedy Chandler Wins Fan Poll, Robbed by FOX Sports

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    The latest Duke sunshine post from FOX Sports is rather laughable.

    On Monday, the FOX College Hoops Twitter account ran a poll, asking for users to vote on their pick for college basketball’s freshman of the year. The candidates for the poll included Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Auburn’s Jabari Smith, Duke’s Paolo Banchero, and Tennessee’s Kennedy Chandler.

    After more than 10,000 votes were cast, Tennessee point guard Kennedy Chandler came away as the winner with 49.9 percent of the votes.

    FOX Sports would then go on to troll the 9,300-plus fans that voted against Banchero saying, “We asked, you answered,” before promptly naming Duke’s Banchero as the winner. Banchero was not the winner of the fan poll on Twitter – in fact, he finished in second to last place with a fraction of the votes.

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    As you can see below, Chandler was the clear winner of the poll. Chandler came away as the winner with eight shy of 5,000 votes, with Jabari Smith coming in second place with roughly 4,032 votes. FOX’s “Fan Winner”, Paolo Banchero, finished second to last with roughly 680 votes, and Holmgren rounded out the list with just 290 votes.

    At the end of the day, this poll is meaningless, and not just because the end results were a sham. The poll is meaningless because it’s not the actual award, just an engagement activity on social media. But even still, the logic behind the final result is mind-boggling.

    Let’s do some investigating.

    In correlation with the Twitter poll that was posted by FOX Sports on Monday, the college basketball account also put up the same post on Instagram. The Instagram post does not allow for a poll, however, FOX did leave a comment below the post for each player for fans to “like” to cast a vote. In that Instagram post, Banchero came away with the most likes at 644, followed by Jabari Smith with 399. Kennedy Chandler came in third with 151 votes, while Holmgren still rounds out the list at the end with only 55 votes.

    So, out of the 1,249 votes that were cast on Instagram, Banchero does take the poll with 51 percent. Which is almost the same percentage that Chandler received with just about eight times the amount of votes. Even if you add the Twitter votes and the Instagram likes together, Banchero still doesn’t even come remotely close to either Smith or Chandler.

    But wait, there’s more. FOX also dropped the same post onto their Facebook account on Monday. After some very quick investigating, though, it’s clear to tell that Facebook’s opinion didn’t carry much weight. Only 10 votes were cast in the Facebook post’s comment section, with three choosing Chandler, three choosing Banchero, and three choosing Smith. Some respondents had multiple answers, but at the end of the day, only 13 total comments are in the thread anyways.

    Unless there is yet another poll, far more heavily weighted, that has been taken off the FOX website, the point of FOX’s poll seems to just have been to garner engagement with a result already in mind.

    Kennedy Chandler

    Photo via @CBBonFOX on Instagram

    Season Stats

    Auburn F Jabari Smith Stats – 34 Games Played  – Auburn lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament

    • 16.9 Points Per Game
    • 7.4 Rebounds Per Game
    • 2.0 Assists Per Game
    • 42.9 FG%

    Duke G Paolo Banchero Stats – 39 Games Played – Duke lost in the Final Four

    • 17.2 PPG
    • 7.8 RPG
    • 3.2 APG
    • 47.8 FG%

    Tennessee G Kennedy Chandler – 34 Games Played – Tennessee lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament

    • 13.9 PPG
    • 3.2 RPG
    • 4.7 APG
    • 46.4 FG%

    Gonzaga C Chet Holmgren – 32 Games Played – Gonzaga lost in the Sweet 16

    • 14.1 PPG
    • 9.9 RPG
    • 1.9 APG
    • 60.7 FG%
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.