My Associated Press top 25 ballot

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

Advancing: Miami (24 to 10), Mississippi (23 to 17), Marquette (25 to 20)

Going in reverse: Kansas State (13 to 22), Louisville (5 to 13), Minnesota (10 to 25)

Returners: San Diego State (24), Georgetown (23), Missouri (21)

Outgoing: Creighton (19 to UR), VCU (20 to UR), Notre Dame (21 to UR)

1. Kansas (18-1)

Hottest team in the country with 17 straight wins, plus they have the most stylish freshman in the nation – F Perry Ellis.

2. Michigan (19-1)

Do unbiased numbers shed light on an overrated Big Ten? RPIs for Michigan (5), Indiana (15), and Ohio State (25) are much lower than their rank.

3. Duke (18-2)

Is Sulaimon the next great Duke guard? He looked it Saturday against Maryland (9-of-13, 25 points).

4. Florida (16-2)

Lots of big margin-of-victory wins, but it’s also just the SEC.

5. Indiana (18-2)

DeMatha grad Oladipo is Hoosiers’ player of the year candidate, not Zeller.

6. Syracuse (18-2)

Last three games have been decided by 2, 2, and in overtime.

7. Arizona (17-2)

Play at Washington (Jan. 31) and Washington State (Feb. 2). Love those Pac-12 two-fers.

8. Butler (17-3)

Have 5-1 record against BCS-conference schools.

9. Gonzaga (19-2)

In convincing win over BYU, Olynyk went 9-for-9 from floor while Cougars’ Haws went 0-for-9, harassed by Gary Bell, Jr.

10. Miami (15-3)

At George Mason, Larranaga used to sweat the RPI. Not so much this year. Canes now rated third.

11. Michigan St. (17-4)

In a season full of unwatchable games, Indiana-Michigan St. was a rare treat.

12. Oregon (16-2)

Ducks have already defeated the next best three in Pac-12 – Arizona, UCLA, ASU – and won’t play any again in regular season.

13. Louisville (16-4)

In loss to Georgetown, Siva failed to score for first time since freshman year. In loss to Syracuse, he went 1-for-9.

14. Ohio State (15-4)

Against PSU, Buckeyes got long-awaited clutch stuff in an important game from sophomore Thompson (6-for-7, 16 points), once a hot-shot recruit.

15. Wichita State (19-2)

Shockers blasted Bradley by 34, the Braves’ worst lost since last year’s 37- and 39-point drubbings at the hands of – you guessed it – Wichita State.

16. New Mexico (17-3)

In loss to San Diego State, Lobos shot 25 percent and scored their fewest points in a game (34) in 37 years.

17. Mississippi (17-2)

Is Ole Miss for real? We’ll find out Tuesday vs. Kentucky and Saturday at Florida.

18. Cincinnati (16-4)

Four losses by a combined 10 points. Schedule is doable – Rutgers, @ Seton Hall, @ Providence, Pitt, Villanova, Georgetown.

19. N.C. State (16-4)

At Virginia will be a formidable test on Tuesday. Cavs have won their last three by 20, 16, 14.

20. Marquette (14-4)

Rough stuff in Big East — seven of last 11 will be on the road.

21. Missouri (15-4)

Chance to build streak with next three against lower half of SEC – LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M.

22. Kansas State (15-4)

After going to the wire in home loss to Kansas, tough deal to follow up with road game at Iowa State.

23. Georgetown (14-4)

Hard to imagine losing Whittington was addition by subtraction, but so far…

24. San Diego State (16-4)

Franklin is the runaway leader in Division I in technical fouls (six).

25. Minnesota (15-5)

Hard to remain in top 25 with four straight losses, but three were on road, two were to ranked teams, and none was by more than eight points.

Next five (in no particular order):

La Salle (14-5)

Memphis (16-3)

UNLV (16-4)

Colorado State (16-4)

Creighton (17-3)

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

 

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