My AP top 25 ballot (Kevin Dunleavy)
Last five opponents have a combined record of 52-17, but Orange has beaten them all by at least 16 points.
Freshman Anthony Davis leads nation in blocks (4.4 per game).
Barnes’ field goal (48.3 percent) and 3-point (48.6 percent) shooting are way up last year (42.3 percent and 34.4 percent respectively).
4. Ohio State
Matta hesitancy to develop bench players was costly when Buckeyes got in foul trouble at Indiana.
Tough test Wednesday at Temple (9-3).
Lamb-Napier the best backcourt duo in Big East?
Unimpressive in win over Mississippi State.
Play Oklahoma (10-2) on Tuesday, at Kansas State (11-1) on Saturday.
Graduation of talented but ball-dominating PG Wright – addition by subtraction.
10. Michigan State
With 13 straight wins, the hottest team in the Big Ten.
DeMatha grad Oladipo had 15 points and the go-ahead basket in upset of Ohio State.
Rough week for Cardinals – two losses in state in four days.
Best FG shooting team (48.1 percent) and best FG defense (40.3 percent) in Mountain West.
Quality losses (Syracuse by four, Ohio State by seven) say more about Florida than its quality wins (FSU, Texas A&M)
15. Mississippi State
Impressive stuff from Sydney against Baylor, mixed with some expected knuckleheadedry (Is that a word?)
18. Murray State
21. Kansas State
25. San Diego State
And my Comcast top eight (District, Maryland, Virginia)
1. Georgetown (12-1)
The most overachieving Hoyas team since Reggie (Williams) and the Miracles?
2. Virginia (12-1)
No. 2 in the nation in points per game defense (50.4).
3. Virginia Tech (11-3)
No. 2 in the nation in 3-point shooting defense (24.1 percent).
4. VCU (10-3)
Seven straight wins and some good ones – USF, UAB, Richmond, and @ Akron.
5. Maryland (9-3)
Addition of Len and Howard have made huge difference.
6. Loyola (9-3)
After quality win over Bucknell, ready to challenge Iona in MAAC?
7. George Mason (9-4)
Win at College of Charleston (10-3) was best this year for Patriots.
8. Norfolk State (9-5)
No. 39 in the RPI, third best in the DMV.