I agree with one caveat. For us, it does matter as any shine we receive as a program helps us recruit and promotes our program and university. Agreed as to basketball play it really doesnt matter that much.This poll doesn't amount to much more than a pre season poll. Great to see VCU getting some much deserved love though.
Hardly anyone is playing head to head competition right now though. The rankings will mean a great deal more once we get thru the Thanksgiving, and Christmas tournaments, and into January. Just my $.02.
However, being a mid major we need to stay in the public eye to remain relevant. There may be a kid somewhere that brags to his buds that VCU is in his final group and he's considering going there. Buddy says VCwho? and he responds dude great program, great facilities, great location, great fans, and "we" are ranked.