My AP top 25 basketball ballot

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Here’s the Associated Press top 25 ballot of voter Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner)

1. Duke (9-0)

While Ryan Kelly leads Duke in “Roland.” Coach K leads the nation in “Romney,” a statistical measure of phenomenal sexagenarian hair.

2. Syracuse (9-0)

Best in nation in field goal defense (33.1 percent), second best in points per possession defense (.76).

3. Ohio State (8-1)

After Winthrop on Tuesday, three of Buckeyes next six will be against teams in top-10.

4. Louisville (9-1)

Defense has forced a nation-high 22.3 turnovers per game.

5. Michigan (11-0)

Brooklyn brought out best in Burke, Hardaway — combined 52 points on 19 of 28 shooting in romp over West Virginia.

6. Arizona (8-0)

Lyons hit the big shot over Young to cap comeback against Florida.

7. Florida (7-1)

Gators somehow found a way to lose an 11-point lead at Arizona despite hitting 12 of 19 shots in second half.

8. Illinois (12-0)

More impressive stuff — handed Eastern Kentucky its first loss in decisive fashion on Sunday.

9. Kansas (8-1)

At Ohio State on Saturday. Jayhawks beat No. 2 Buckeyes in Lawrence last December.

10. Indiana (9-1)

Hoosiers G Hulls (+205) leads nation in plus/minus. In a sport where plus/minus actually matters, Davis and Dru Love shot -23 to win the Father-Son Challenge on Sunday.

11. Missouri (8-1)

Interesting matchup on Saturday: Haith (2012 AP coach of the year) faces 2013 candidate Groce of Illinois.

12. New Mexico (11-0)

No team has shot more free throws (317) than Lobos.

13. Cincinnati (10-0)

Play Xavier on Wednesday in rematch of the Thrilla in the Queen City.

14. Gonzaga (9-1)

Dominated boards and held Magruder to 1 for 9 shooting in decisive win over Kansas State.

15. Butler (8-2)

With win over Indiana, Bulldogs are giant-killers still.

16. UNC (8-2)

Even after losing Marshall to NBA, Tar Heels lead nation in assists (20.1 pg), thanks in part to up-tempo style.

17. Michigan St. (9-2)

Freshman G Harris (12.7 ppg) has settled in nicely as backcourt running mate for Appling.

18. San Diego State (8-1)

Aztecs are 8-0 indoors.

19. Creighton (10-1)

McDermott (34 points, nine rebounds) delivered in big way in win at Cal.

20. Notre Dame (9-1)

After Butler-Indiana, Irish 81-68 win over Purdue was anticlimax in Indy doubleheader.

21. Minnesota (11-1)

Four of Gophers’ first five in the Big Ten will come against ranked teams.

22. Georgetown (9-1)

Have tendency to go on Otto-pilot. But Whittington may be answer as secondary threat.

23. Pittsburgh (9-1)

Not many quality wins for Panthers. But they are darlings of the geeks with nation-high points per possession (1.27).

24. Oklahoma State (8-1)

Cowboys’ top five scorers are perimeter players.

25. Oregon (9-1)

Only loss is to Cincinnati.

 

Next six in no particular order

Wichita State (9-1)

VCU (7-3)

N.C. State (7-2)

UNLV (8-1)

Kentucky (7-3)

Maryland (9-1)

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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