My AP top-25 basketball ballot

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AP top 25 ballot of Kevin Dunleavy — Washington Examiner.

  1. Duke (6-0)

Coach K on PG Cook’s star turn in Bahamas: “It’s when a team has confidence its point guard that you take off.”

2. Indiana (6-0)

Hoosiers host North Carolina on Tuesday night.

3. Syracuse (4-0)

Most improved player is 6-6 sophomore Michael Carter-Williams, who is emerging as stat sheet stuffer averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.0 steals.

4. Ohio State (4-0)

Has Duke PG Cook truly arrived? Answer comes Wednesday in Durham as he faces Craft of Buckeyes.

5. Louisville (5-1)

“Battle 4 Atlantis” sounds more like a bad reality show than a basketball tournament.

6. Kentucky (4-1)

The nation’s top field goal shooting team at 55.8 percent, led by 6-7 freshman Alex Poythress (67.9 percent).

7. Florida (5-0)

Gardner (6-8, 290) and Marquette (4-1) present a big challenge in Gainesville on Thursday.

8. Michigan (5-0)

One of five undefeated teams in the Big Ten, most in one conference in the nation.

9. Arizona (3-0)

We’ll find out more about Wildcats in first 15 days of December – Texas Tech (3-0), Southern Miss (5-0), Clemson (4-1), and Florida (5-0)

10. Creighton (6-0)

6-7 junior Wragge has been a nice complement to McDermott, hitting 21 of 36 (58.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

11. Michigan St. (5-1)

Nice point guard matchup Thursday at Miami – Canes’ Shane Larkin vs. Wolverines’ Keith Appling.

12. Missouri (5-1)

Pressey had 16 turnovers in Bahamas, but also had 44 points, 23 assists, and hit two big shots as Tigers escaped VCU.

13. UNC (5-1)

Tar Heels scored 18 points in first half against Butler and trailed all the way. Probably got them too high, but they are UNC.

14. Kansas (4-1)

7-foot Withey is second in the nation with 5.0 blocks per game.

15. Gonzaga (6-0)

Showed swagger in Old Spice Classic with decisive wins over Clemson, Oklahoma, and Davidson.

16. Colorado (5-0)

One of three undefeated teams left in the improved Pac-12

17. New Mexico (6-0)

Nice run in Paradise Jam with wins over George Mason, UConn.

18. Oklahoma State (5-0)

First true road test for Cowboys and freshman PG Marcus Smart comes Saturday at improved Va. Tech (5-0).

19. UConn (5-1)

Huskies needed to hit their final eight 3-point tries to rally past Stony Brook.

20. Illinois (7-0)

Look like a different team under former Ohio U. coach John Groce.

21. San Diego State (4-1)

Franklin, a 6-5 junior, is averaging 11 rebounds per game.

22. Pittsburgh (5-1)

Third in the nation in assists with 19.5 per game, led by senior Woodall (6.5 pg).

23. Cincinnati (6-0)

The nation’s top rebounding team with 49.2 per game

24. Wichita State (6-0)

The 6-8 JUCO duo of Early (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Hall (13.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg) have risen.

25. Georgetown (4-1)

Otto Porter has hit 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Next Five (in no particular order): VCU, Maryland, Minnesota, Murray State, Marquette

 

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