The Associated Press top 25 ballot of Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner).
- Kentucky (19-1)
With 11 straight wins, tight rotation performing well. But will it cost them in March?
2. Syracuse (20-1)
Felt the Burn at Notre Dame. At least they’re in good company. UNC (1987) and UCLA (1974) also lost in South Bend as No. 1 teams.
3. Missouri (18-1)
The nation’s field goal percentage leader, Ricardo Ratliffe (77.2 percent), had a career-high 27 points in win over Baylor. The 6-8 senior from Hampton, Va., came to Missouri after two years at Central Florida CC.
4. Ohio State (17-3)
Two wins over Nebraska by a combined margin of 65 points. Buckeyes now lead nation in points per possession defense (.82).
5. Kansas (16-3)
Both games against Missouri will come in February.
6. Duke (16-3)
Here’s a first for a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team: Blue Devils are last in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (44.1 percent). They yielded 54 percent shooting overall and 50 percent from the arc in loss to Florida State.
7. Baylor (17-2)
After losing two straight, Bears will get their chance for revenge against Kansas and Missouri on Feb. 8 and 11.
8. UNC (16-3)
With their inattention to defense, Tar Heels can hardly afford to lose their best defender, Strickland (ACL).
9. Murray State (20-0)
Racers have hardly been dominant. Eight wins by single-digit margins, but they are the only unbeaten in Division I.
10. Georgetown (16-3)
For JTIII a win his papa would be proud of – Hoyas beat Rutgers and shoot 29 percent.
11. UNLV (18-3)
Five of their next seven will be road tests in the tough Mountain West.
12. Marquette (16-4)
Johnson-Odom (18.2 ppg) and Crowder (16.3 ppg) are second-best scoring duo in Big East after West Virginia’s Jones (20.7 ppg) and Bryant (17.5 ppg).
13. Michigan State (16-4)
With Lucas and Lucious gone, improved chemistry with Draymond Green (15 ppg, 10 rpg) as their top dog.
14. San Diego State (16-2)
With UCLA (10-9) and USC (5-15) going nowhere, lots of streaking mid-majors in Southern California – San Diego State (10 straight), St. Mary’s (nine straight), Long Beach State (seven straight).
15. Florida (15-4)
Has any college player improved his shot as much as Kenny Boynton (50 percent overall and 45 percent from the arc) from his figures as a sophomore (38/33) and freshman (38/29)?
16. Creighton (18-2)
Has overtaken Missouri for nation’s lead in field goal shooting (51.4 percent) and Indiana for nation’s lead in 3-point shooting (45.1 percent), led by amazing McDermott (60.8 percent overall and 50.7 from arc).
17. Virginia (15-3)
Didn’t take long for Sene’s loss to impact the Cavaliers. An already thin rotation is now severely stressed.
18. Indiana (16-4)
Where would Hoosiers be with a healthy Maurice Creek (Oxon Hill)? The 6-5 guard -- one of the nation's best freshmen two years ago -- is redshirting after Achilles tear and third surgery in a span of 22 months.
19. St. Mary’s (19-2)
In next two weeks, play the next best three in the West Coast Conference – Loyola Marymount, BYU, and Gonzaga – all on the road.
20. Florida State (13-6)
None of their next six foes have a winning record in ACC and four of the games will be at home. But wouldn’t it be just like the Seminoles to lose in Tallahassee to Georgia Tech or Miami?
21. Kansas State (14-4)
Rodney McGruder, a former Archbishop Carroll teammate of Kris Joseph (Syracuse), has averaged 21.6 in the last eight games.
22. Mississippi State (16-4)
Moultrie (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Bost (24 points) starred at Vandy, in Bulldogs’ best road win.
23. Michigan (15-5)
Have lost their last three road games and will play four of their next five away from Ann Arbor.
24. Wisconsin (16-5)
Too bad Wisconsin and Virginia didn’t meet in Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Would either team have cracked 30 points? Tape could have been useful at Guantanamo Bay.
25. Vanderbilt (14-5)
Just when it seemed the Commodores had figured things out, their old nemeses -- defense and rebounding – came back to haunt them vs. Mississippi State.
Here's the next 10:
West Virginia (15-5)
Seton Hall (15-4)
And the top eight in the CSN DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) poll.
1. Georgetown (16-3)
A week off before playing at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
2. Virginia (15-3)
Sene's injury the beginning of the end for the surprising Cavaliers?
3. George Mason (15-5)
A rarity in the CAA -- Patriots in the midst of a span of seven games, none vs. a team with a winning record.
4. VCU (15-5)
Rising behind trademark pressure defense. Forced 25 turnovers against ODU to win their fourth straight.
5. Virginia Tech (12-7)
The Hokies NIT push began Sunday at Virginia.
6. Maryland (12-6)
No doubting the Terps’ incremental steps to improvement. Now how about a road win?
7. Loyola (14-5)
All eight of the Greyhounds rotation players are from the Washington and Baltimore areas.
8. Norfolk State (15-5)
The Spartans are the only team in the MEAC with a winning record.
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