Here’s this week’s Associated Press ballot of Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner).
1. Duke (8-0)
Tight, veteran-laden rotation accounts for early-season success. But will it sustain into March?
2. Indiana (9-0)
Sheehey, Oladipo, and Zeller were a combined 24 of 38 in rout of North Carolina.
3. Syracuse (5-0)
No BCS conference schools among the eight on schedule this month.
4. Ohio State (5-1)
Offense sputtered at Duke, hitting 33.8 percent from floor and only six assists on 23 baskets.
5. Louisville (6-1)
Cool Hand Luke? Try frigid. Hancock is shooting 26 percent from floor, 23.1 percent from arc.
6. Florida (6-0)
Have blasted Wisconsin by 18 and Marquette by 33.
7. Michigan (7-0)
Plenty of quality wins already – Pitt, Kansas State, N.C. State, and at Bradley.
8. Arizona (5-0)
Will finally be tested in its next three – Southern Miss (6-1), at Clemson (4-2), and Florida (6-0).
9. Missouri (6-1)
Transfers Ross (Auburn), Bell (Pepperdine) and Oriakhi (UConn) have compensated for losses – graduation and otherwise (Dixon).
10. Kansas (6-1) – Saint Louis (14), WSU (40)
Withey’s triple double (18 points, 12 rebounds, 12 blocks) vs. San Jose State was second in program history.
11. Gonzaga (8-0)
Leads nation in field goal shooting (53.3 percent) behind beefy trio — 7-1, 305 Karnowski (68.5 percent), 6-9, 255 Dower (63.0 percent) and 6-7, 240 Harris (55.7 percent).
12. New Mexico (8-0)
Teams from the Mountain West have a 51-11 record, the best conference mark in the NCAA. Are we still calling it a mid-major?
13. Illinois (8-0)
Led by Brandon Paul (22) and D.J. Richardson (22), Illini have more 3-pointers (90) than any team in the nation.
14. Cincinnati (7-0)
The only sport where +/- matters is golf. Nevertheless, Cincy’s Kilpatrick is No. 2 in nation with a 24.7 average +/- per game, trailing Murphy Holloway (25.0) of undefeated Ole Miss.
15. UNC (6-2)
Tempted to drop them out of rankings, but they are North Carolina.
16. UConn (5-1)
Tempted to drop them out of rankings, but they are UConn.
17. Michigan St. (6-2)
Tempted to drop them out of rankings, but they are Michigan State.
18. San Diego State (5-1)
Have won 26 straight against teams from California after victory over UCLA.
19. Creighton (7-1)
Smoked by Boise St. G Marks (35 points on 13 of 19 shooting) in 83-70 loss.
20. Notre Dame (7-1)
Irish G Atkins (Mount St. Joe) is No. 6 in the nation in Roland. In related development, ND coach Brey ranks No. 1 in Van Gundy (looking sharp in mock turtleneck).
21. Pittsburgh (7-1)
Top two rebounders Zanna (McNamara) and Taylor (National Christian) played at P.G. County private schools.
22. Wichita State (8-0)
Rumor has it they play in the Missouri Valley Conference.
23. Virginia Tech (7-0)
PG Green on way ACC player of the year? Johnson on way ACC coach of year?
24. Georgetown (5-1)
Five of 19 NCAA football games this weekend generated more points than Hoyas’ 37-36 throwback win over Tennessee. Afterward, John Thompson, Jr.: “I couldn’t be prouder of my son.”
25. Oklahoma State (5-1)
Ford and Cowboys have lost four times in three seasons to Virginia Tech.
A nice five-days work – neutral-site wins over Memphis, Stanford, then at FSU.
Ready to rank them, but losing close to Kentucky is no longer a plus on resume.
All the losses by single digits and quality – Duke, Mizzou, Wichita State.
Only loss by two points at Cincinnati.
Pac-12 is much improved.