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My AP top 25: Kevin Dunleavy

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Here’s the Associated Press ballot of Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner).

Biggest Jumps: Wichita St. (UR/18, Oregon (23/15), New Mexico (21/14).

Biggest Drops: San Diego State (13/UR), Creighton (14/19).

Incoming: Mississippi, Miami, Marquette, Wichita State.

Outgoing: Missouri, Illinois, San Diego State, Boise State.

1. Duke (17-1)

Great matchup Wednesday night at Miami – two well-coached, cohesive, veteran teams with tight rotations.

2. Kansas (16-1)

Battle of the streaks on Tuesday – Kansas State has won eight straight, Jayhawks 15 in a row.

3. Michigan (16-1)

Nice bounce back at Minnesota.

4. Syracuse (17-1)

In addition to scoring in the clutch, Carter-Williams did his stat sheet-stuffing thing at Louisville (16 points, seven assists, four steals, two blocks, eight turnovers).

5. Louisville (16-2)

East coast swing – at Villanova on Tuesday, Georgetown on Saturday.

6. Arizona (16-1)

Where would Wildcats be without Xavier-transfer Lyons?

7. Florida (14-2)

In points-per-possession, Gators are second in defense (.082) and fifth in offense (1.18).

8. Butler (16-2)

On a dizzying Saturday, Butler’s miraculous victory over Gonzaga closed it in appropriate fashion.

9. Indiana (16-2)

Crean’s brothers-in-law in Super Bowl. Is that a good omen for Hoosiers?

10. Minnesota (15-3)

All three losses were to teams which were ranked at the time in the top-5.

11. Gonzaga (17-2)

Guessing Gonzaga won’t run that inbound play again.

12. Michigan St. (16-3)

Only Big Ten team that has not lost in the new year.

13. Kansas State (15-2)

Handed Oklahoma and former coach Lon Kruger their first Big 12 loss on Saturday.

14. New Mexico (16-2)

After turning back one Mountain West upstart, Boise State on Saturday, Lobos get another Wednesday in Colorado State.

15. Oregon (14-2)

With win at UCLA, Ducks are only Pac-12 team without a conference loss.

16. N.C. State (15-3)

Clemson’s Booker (27 points) and Hall (16 points) would have led Tigers to upset in Raleigh if his teammates had shot better than 6-33.

17. Ohio State (13-4)

Thomas needs more help. Scored half of the Buckeyes’ points in 59-56 loss to Michigan State.

18. Wichita State (17-2)

Shockers made only 4 of 23 from the arc and still beat Creighton.

19. Creighton (17-2)

Already the nation’s runaway leader in 3-point shooting (45.2 percent), Jays have overtaken N.C. State as nation’s No. 1 in field goal shooting (51.8 percent).

20. VCU (16-3)

Saturday at Duquesne, Smart became second youngest to 100 wins.

21. Notre Dame (15-3)

Washington-area products Atkins (Mt. St. Joe) and Grant (DeMatha) average 6.7 and 5.4 apg, helping Irish to No. 2 in nation in assists (18.7 pg).

22. Cincinnati (16-3)

Kirkpatrick (36 points) put the Bearcats on his back in OT win vs. Marquette.

23. Mississippi (15-2)

Senior Holloway (6-7, 240) is a legitimate SEC player of the year candidate, averaging 15.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg.

24. Miami (13-3)

Hurricanes are the only ACC team without a conference loss. Three of four wins have come on road.

25. Marquette (13-4)

Golden Eagles scored 13 points in first half against Cincinnati and still took game to OT.

Next five

Missouri (13-4)

UCLA (15-4)

Wyoming (15-2)

UNLV (15-4)

San Diego State (14-4)

 

 

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