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The Associated Press ballot of Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner). Not much change as most teams are slowing down for exams and playing over-matched teams.

1. Duke (9-0)

Blue Devils get deserved 11 days off after spectacular opening month. Freshman Plumlee close to return according to Coach K.

2. Indiana (9-0)

Interesting test Saturday in Indianapolis against giant-killer Butler. Will be without rotation guy Austin Etherington (fractured kneecap) who is done for year.

3. Syracuse (8-0)

Carter-Williams leads nation in assists (10.4 pg) and second in steals (3.8 pg).

4. Ohio State (6-1)

Three laughers before playing Kentucky on Dec. 22.

5. Louisville (8-1)

Smith needed only 27 minutes to score career-high 31 against Missouri-KC.

6. Florida (7-0)

Gators have dominated quality teams Wisconsin (18), Marquette (33), and Florida State (25). Play at Arizona on Saturday.

7. Michigan (9-0)

Beilein against his old school, West Virginia, in NYC on Saturday. Freshman Stauskas is No. 2 in the nation in 3-point shooting (60.5 percent).

8. Arizona (7-0)

Beat Southern Miss despite 0-for-7 shooting by Xavier-transfer Lyons and 27 turnovers by team.

9. Kansas (7-1)

Withey leads nation in blocks (5.6 pg).

10. Illinois (10-0)

One of four Big Ten teams in this top 10.

11. Missouri (8-1)

Tough holiday schedule for Tigers – Illinois (Dec. 22), at UCLA (Dec. 28), and Bucknell (Jan. 5).

12. New Mexico (10-0)

Lobos are No. 5 in RPI. Will do it up NBA home-and-home style with games against New Mexico State on Dec. 15 (home) and Dec. 19 (away).

13. Cincinnati (9-0)

Junior Kilpatrick leads nation in +/- (24.2 pg). Most aware of this still live their parents’ basement.

14. Gonzaga (9-1)

If you have any idea what “offensive rating” means, then this will have relevance: Gonzaga senior Hart leads the nation in it by a huge margin, 201.3 to 157.3, over second-place Lucas Eitel of Indiana St.

15. UNC (7-2)

This is usually the time of year when Ol’ Roy’s tan finally begins to fade and the Tar Heels begin to gel.

16. Michigan St. (8-2)

Play at historic Jenison Arena for the first time since 1989, hosting Tuskegee Saturday in the “Jenison Jubilee,” a celebration of a 1963 NCAA tournament game in which Mississippi State defied a state law against playing integrated Loyola. Those teams will meet as well as part of the event.

17. San Diego State (7-1)

Beside themselves over game against University of San Diego on Saturday.

18. Creighton (9-1)

Sunday win over Akron left Zips 0-25 versus ranked teams in 32 years in D1.

19. Notre Dame (8-1)

If Brey reminds you of Fletch as the aircraft repairman you’re not alone.

20. Pittsburgh (9-1)

Behind Woodall, Panthers lead the nation in assist/turnover ratio (2.01 to 1).

21. Wichita State (9-0)

No. 8 in RPI. Will be tested at Tennessee on Thursday.

22. Minnesota (10-1)

Tubby Smith reached 500 wins Saturday night in win over USC.

23. Oklahoma State (7-1)

With Achilles repaired and 25 fewer pounds, 6-11 Jurick is much improved.

24. Georgetown (7-1)

Syracuse-like length makes Hoyas tough to score on. Last three foes have averaged 39 ppg.

25.Virginia Tech (7-1)

Green has hit more free throws (69) than anyone in nation and is second in scoring (24.6 ppg) behind Lehigh’s McCallum (24.9).

Next six –

26. Oregon (8-1)

27. VCU (6-3)

28. Kentucky (6-3)

29. Maryland (8-1)

30. North Carolina State (6-2)

31. UNLV (7-1)

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