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My AP top 25 ballot — Kevin Dunleavy

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

1. Miami (21-3)

Point guard Larkin a national player of the year candidate?

2. Indiana (23-3)

How about this for a 3-point shooting foursome – Oladipo (52.4 percent), Watford (49.5 percent), Hulls (48.1 percent), and Abell (48.1 percent).

3. Michigan St. (22-4)

Like Kate Upton, trending upward for obvious reasons.

4. Florida (21-3)

SEC is taking on the look of the Pac-10 last year. Hard to imagine it could be a one-bid league, but who else is deserving?

5. Duke (22-3)

Sour grapes by Coach K after loss at Maryland. No truth to rumor he has applied for Pope job.

6. Syracuse (21-4)

U-Conn delivered the Orange an appropriate parting gift.

7. Gonzaga (25-2)

Zags are talking No. 1 seed. But resume comes up far short.

8. Michigan (22-4)

Pedigreed duo of Hardaway, Robinson combined for four points in rout at Michigan State.

9. Georgetown (19-4)

With Syracuse looming on Saturday, time for Whittington to be reinstated? Otto Porter Big East POY?

10. New Mexico (22-4)

No. 3 in RPI thanks to a schedule full of beef – in conference and out.

11. Louisville (21-5)

Amid rare soft stretch in Big East — wins last week over St. John’s, USF; this week Seton Hall, DePaul.

12. Arizona (21-4)

After back-to-back losses, lineup shuffle sparked Wildcats at Utah.

13. Colorado State (21-4)

Chance for Rams to live up to lofty RPI (and high ranking here) Wednesday at UNLV, Saturday vs. New Mexico.

14. Kansas (21-4)

Are Jayhawks really back? Answer will come Wednesday at streaking Oklahoma State.

15. Butler (21-5)

Miles from the Horizon League: Last four in A-10 will come against Saint Louis, @VCU, @UMass, Xavier.

16. Kansas State (20-5)

Caught Kansas at a bad time and Jayhawks completed sweep.\

17. Marquette (18-6)

Tied for first place in Big East with Syracuse, Georgetown. Key game Feb. 25, hosing Orange.

18. Okla. State (19-5)

Riding a seven-game winning streak, Cowboys have chance to complete sweep of Kansas Wednesday at home.

19. VCU (21-5)

Tuesday at Saint Louis (19-5), which has won seven straight, is for first place in A-10.

20. Wisconsin (18-8)

After scoring four points in last 10 minutes in loss at Minnesota, Badgers shot 53 percent in rout of Ohio State.

21. Memphis (22-3)

Resume lacks beef but hard to ignore Tigers’ 16-game winning streak.

22. Oregon (21-5)

Chance to avenge road losses to Cal, Stanford this week at home.

23. Ohio State (18-7)

The 22-point loss at Wisconsin was Buckeyes’ most decisive since falling by same margin in Madison three years ago.

24. Pittsburgh (20-6)

No. 32 in RPI and No. 4 on Kempom.com.

25. Illinois (19-8)

Winning four straight in Big Ten isn’t easy. Illini can make it five in row Thursday vs. Penn State.

Next few:

UNLV (18-6)

Akron (21-4)

Saint Louis (19-5)

Cincinnati (19-7)

Minnesota (18-8)

Colorado (17-8)

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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