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MacRankings January 28th 2013

January 28, 2013

Top 25:

1. Michigan (19-1) [2]
2. Kansas (18-1) [3]
3. Duke (17-2) [1]
4. Indiana (18-2) [8]
5. Syracuse (18-2) [5]
6. Arizona (17-2) [4]
7. Florida (16-2) [9]
8. Gonzaga (19-2) [11]
9. New Mexico (17-3) [12]
10. Michigan State (17-4) [14]
11. Butler (17-3) [7]
12. Miami (15-3) [15]
13. Oregon (18-2) [16]
14. Louisville (16-4) [6]
15. Wichita State (19-2) [20]
16. Ohio State (15-4) [23]
17. Cincinnati (16-4) [17]
18. Minnesota (15-5) [10]
19. Kansas State (15-4) [13]
20. Ole Miss (17-2) [25]
21. UCLA (16-5) [UR]
22. UNLV (16-4)
23. Missouri (15-4) [24]
24. Creighton (18-3) [18]
25. North Carolina State (16-4) [19]

Dropped Out:

23. VCU (16-5) [21]
25. Notre Dame (16-4) [22]

Rising:

Colorado State (16-4)
Georgetown (14-4)
Memphis (16-3)
San Diego State (16-4)
Wisconsin (14-6)

Chilling:

Connecticut (13-5)
Marquette (14-4)
Pittsburgh (17-4)

Falling:

Illinois (15-6)
Maryland (15-5)
North Carolina (13-6)
Oklahoma (13-5)
Oklahoma State (13-5)

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MacRankings: January 21st

January 21, 2013

Top 25:

1. Duke (16-1) [1]
2. Michigan (17-1) [2]
3. Kansas (16-1) [5]
4. Arizona (16-1) [6]
5. Syracuse (17-1) [7]
6. Louisville (16-2) [3]
7. Butler (16-2) [12]
8. Indiana (16-2) [4]
9. Florida (14-2) [10]
10. Minnesota (15-3) [9]
11. Gonzaga (17-2) [8]
12. New Mexico (16-2) [14]
13. Kansas State (15-2) [16]
14. Michigan State (16-3) [22]
15. Miami (13-3) [17]
16. Oregon (16-2) [UR]
17. Cincinnati (16-3) [24]
18. Creighton (17-2) [11]
19. North Carolina State (15-3) [13]
20. Wichita State (17-2) [UR]
21. VCU (16-3)
22. Notre Dame (15-3) [19]
23. Ohio State (13-4) [21]
24. Missouri (13-4) [18]
25. Ole Miss (15-2) [UR]

Dropped Out:

15. San Diego State (14-4) [15]
20. Connecticut (12-5) [20]
23. Illinois (14-5) [23]
25. UNLV (15-4) [25]

Bubble:

Georgetown (12-4)
Marquette (13-4)
Maryland (14-4)
North Carolina (12-5)
Oklahoma (12-4)
Oklahoma State (12-4)
Pittsburgh (15-4)
UCLA (14-4)
Wisconsin (13-5)
Wyoming (14-2)

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MacRankings – College Basketball Top 25

January 14, 2013

Top 25

1. Duke (15-1) [1]
2. Michigan (16-1) [2]
3. Louisville (15-1) [3]
4. Indiana (15-1) [5]
5. Kansas (14-1) [6]
6. Arizona (15-1) [4]

Comments: Nothing much changes at the top. I’d be pretty surprised and highly amused if Duke isn’t #1 when I wake up tomorrow. The remaining undefeated teams (Duke, Michigan, and Arizona) all lost, so some non-thinking voters might automatically move Louisville into the #1 spot, but that’s absurd. Considering my top 6 all have only one loss, you still have to take a look at which team has been best up to this point and Duke is still #1. The Blue Devils are #1 in RPI, #2 in strength of schedule (SoS), and boast three wins over teams with a top 5 ranking. Not only does Duke boast the better resume, but they already beat Louisville in a non-conference match up. Michigan and Louisville is a bit closer, but I’m giving the slight edge to Michigan because they’ve beat two teams currently in my top 16 (NC State and Kansas State). Finally, Arizona drops to #6 with the loss to Oregon this week.

7. Syracuse (16-1) [7]
8. Gonzaga (16-1) [9]
9. Minnesota (15-2) [8]
10. Florida (12-2) [10]
11. Creighton (16-1) [12]
12. Butler (14-2) [13]

Comments: No drastic changes here. Syracuse hasn’t really been challenged; they’ve only played two games against top 50 teams. Minnesota drops a tad after losing a close game to Indiana, but the Golden Gophers still have a top 10 resume and actually have been more impressive than Syracuse and Gonzaga. It’ll be interesting to see how high Creighton climbs in the national rankings as they could easily go undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference.

13. North Carolina State (14-2) [15]
14. New Mexico (15-2) [16]
15. San Diego State (14-2) [17]

Comments: NC State has made a rapid climb back up my rankings. It’s easy to forget they were ranked #6 in the preseason, so pulling off the upset against Duke yesterday really isn’t all that shocking. New Mexico is still underrated nationally–they were #25 in the AP Poll and unranked in the ESPN poll respectively–but the Lobos are top 15 in both RPI and SoS and their “bad” loss was against South Dakota State (#81 in RPI). More importantly, New Mexico is 3-0 against ranked teams this year.

16. Kansas State (13-2) [22]
17. Miami (12-3) [UR]
18. Missouri (12-3) [11]
19. Notre Dame (14-2) [21]

Comments: Kansas State makes a big jump after most of my top 25 teams lost last week. KSU has played a relatively weak schedule so far (only 5 games against top 100 teams) but have performed admirably in big games so far. Miami makes a huge jump this week. The Hurricanes boast a #5 RPI ranking and now rank #1 in SoS and have 7 wins over top 100 teams, including a win this past week at North Carolina. It took me a while to appreciate what Miami has accomplished this year because of losses to Florida Gulf Coast and Indiana State, but both of those teams actually rank in the RPI top 100. Missouri drops 7 spots after a surprising loss to Ole Miss. I still think Notre Dame is the weakest team currently in my top 25, but 5 of their next 6 games are against some of the weaker teams in the Big East, so they will likely stick around a bit longer.

20. Connecticut (12-3) [UR]
21. Ohio State (13-3) [UR]
22. Michigan State (14-3) [UR]

Comments: Welcome back! All three of these teams have been in my rankings at one time this year and deserve to be back. I’ve been a big Ohio State hater so far and they had done very little to prove me wrong until they beat Michigan today, a team I was ready to give my #1 ranking come Monday.

23. Illinois (14-4) [14]
24. Cincinnati (14-3) [19]
25. UNLV (14-3) [18]

Comments: Illinois is the only four loss team in my top 25 and they’ve been quite confusing. After posting wins over Butler, Gonzaga, and beating Ohio State by 20 and looking like a legitimate top 10 team, Illinois has scuffled to a 1-3 start in the Big Ten and had back-to-back 20 point losses this past week. That’s some pretty inconsistent information. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt for now because of three very high quality wins. UNLV is hanging on by the skin of their teeth and they won’t be nationally ranked tomorrow, but this team has done well enough without Mike Moser that I think they will be a top 20 team by the end of the year.

Dropped Out:

20. Wichita State (15-2) [20]
23. Georgetown (11-3) [23]
24. Oklahoma State (11-4) [24]
25. Wyoming (13-1) [25]

Bubble Rising:

Marquette (12-3)
Oklahoma (11-3)
Ole Miss (13-2)
Oregon (14-2)
UCLA (13-3)
VCU (14-3)

Maintaining:

North Carolina (11-4)
Pittsburgh (13-4)
Temple (11-4)

Bubble Bursting:

Colorado (11-5)
Kentucky (10-5)

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The Dark Knight’s College Basketball Top 25

February 6, 2012

TOP 25:

1. Kentucky (23-1)
Key Wins: (n)#12 Kansas, (n)ODU, #5 UNC, #4 UL, Arkansas, Alabama
Key Losses: @IU
Last Week: #1
RPI: #5
SoS: #71
v.Top 50: 4-1
v.Top 100: 3-0

2. Syracuse (23-1)
Key Wins: (n)VT, (n)Stanford, #10 Florida, Marshall, @NCS, SHU, #20 Marquette, Villanova, Pitt, @UC, WV
Key Losses: @ND
Last Week: #2
RPI: #1
SoS: #12
v.Top 50: 4-0
v.Top 100: 8-1

3. Baylor (21-2)
Key Wins: SDSU, @Northwestern, @BYU, (n)SMC, (n)WV, #15 Miss St, TAMU, @#18 KSU, @OU, Texas, @TAMU
Key Losses: @#7 KU, #5 Mizzou
Last Week: #3
RPI: #3
SoS: #18
v.Top 50: 7-2
v.Top 100: 2-0

4. Ohio State (20-3)
Key Wins: #7 Florida, #3 Duke, Northwestern, #7 IU, #20 Michigan, @#19 Wisconsin
Key Losses: @#13 Kansas, @#13 Indiana, @Illinois
Last Week: #4
RPI: #4
SoS: #20
v.Top 50: 6-3
v.Top 100: 2-0

5. Missouri (21-2)
Key Wins: NDU, (n)#20 Cal, (n)Villanova, #25 Illinois, @ODU, OU, Texas, TAMU, @#3 Baylor, @Texas, #8 KU
Key Losses: @#23 KSU, @OKSU
Last Week: #7
RPI: #9
SoS: #85
v.Top 50: 5-1
v.Top 100: 6-0

6. North Carolina (20-3)
Key Wins: (n)MSU, #9 Wisconsin, LBSU, Texas, Miami, NCST, @UMD
Key Losses: @UNLV, @#1 Kentucky, @FSU
Last Week: #6
RPI: #6
SoS: #30
v.Top 50: 3-3
v.Top 100: 5-0

7. Duke (19-4)
Key Wins: (n)MSU, (n)Tennessee, (n)#15 Michigan, (n)#14 Kansas, (n)UW, #16 UVA, @UMD
Key Losses: @#2 OSU, @Temple, @FSU, Miami
Last Week: #5
RPI: #2
SoS: #1
v.Top 50: 5-3
v.Top 100: 5-0

8. Georgetown (18-4)
Key Wins: (n)#8 Memphis, @#12 Alabama, Memphis, @#4 UL, #20 Marquette, UCONN
Key Losses: (n)#14 Kansas, @WV, UC, @Pitt
Last Week: #11
RPI: #13
SoS: #21
v.Top 50: 6-2
v.Top 100: 1-2

9. Kansas (18-5)
Key Wins: (n)Georgetown, (n)UCLA, LBSU, #2 OSU, #23 KSU, @OU, #3 Baylor, Texas, TAMU, OU
Key Losses: (n)#2 Kentucky, (n)#6 Duke, Davidson, @Iowa St, @#4 Mizzou
Last Week: #9
RPI: #8
SoS: #3
v.Top 50: 6-4
v.Top 100: 4-1

10. Murray State (23-0)
Key Wins: Dayton, @#21 Memphis
Key Losses:
Last Week: #12
RPI: #38
SoS: #270
v.Top 50: 2-0
v.Top 100: 1-0

11. Michigan State (18-5)
Key Wins: FSU, @#23 Gonzaga, #13 Indiana, @#18 Wisconsin, Purdue, Minnesota, #23 Michigan
Key Losses: (n)#1 UNC, (n)#6 Duke, @Northwestern, @#20 Michigan, @Illinois
Last Week: #8
RPI: #11
SoS: #11
v.Top 50: 4-5
v.Top 100: 3-0

12. UNLV (21-4)
Key Wins: #1 UNC, UCSB, @#19 Illinois, Cal, NM, Colorado St
Key Losses: @Wichita St, @#14 Wisconsin, @#22 SDSU, @Wyoming
Last Week: #10
RPI: #9
SoS: #52
v.Top 50: 5-3
v.Top 100: 1-1

13. San Diego State (20-3)
Key Wins: LBSU, @#23 Arizona, #24 Cal, #12 UNLV, @NM
Key Losses: @# 11 Baylor, Creighton, @Colorado St
Last Week: #15
RPI: #20
SoS: #85
v.Top 50: 4-3
v.Top 100: 2-0

14. St. Mary’s (22-2)
Key Wins: (n)Missouri St, BYU, #21 GU, @BYU
Key Losses: @Denver, (n)#6 Baylor
Last Week: #16
RPI: #23
SoS: #122
v.Top 50: 4-1
v.Top 100: 2-1

15. Florida (19-4)
Key Wins: Arizona, #22 TAMU, FSU, Georgia, #18 Miss St, #25 Vanderbilt
Key Losses: @#3 OSU, @#4 Syracuse, @Rutgers, @Tenn
Last Week: #22
RPI: #14
SoS: #64
v.Top 50: 3-2
v.Top 100: 3-0

16. Creighton (21-3)
Key Wins: @SDSU, Northwestern, @Wichita St, UNI, @MOST
Key Losses: @St Joes, Missouri St, @UNI
Last Week: #13
RPI: #16
SoS: #90
v.Top 50: 4-2
v.Top 100: 2-1

17. Marquette (19-5)
Key Wins: @#9 Wisconsin, (n)UW, Villanova, Pitt, #23 UL, @Nova, SHU
Key Losses: @LSU, Vandy, @#9 G’town, @#1 Syracuse, @UND
Last Week: #14
RPI: #12
SoS: #17
v.Top 50: 3-3
v.Top 100: 6-2

18. Florida State (16-6)
Key Wins: UCF, @VT, #3 UNC, UMD, @#4 Duke, #16 UVA
Key Losses: (n)Harvard, (n)#4 UCONN, @MSU, @#11 UF, Princeton, @Clemson
Last Week: #23
RPI: #18
SoS: #8
v.Top 50: 3-4
v.Top 100: 4-0

19. Wisconsin (18-6)
Key Wins: (n)BYU, UNLV, @Purdue, Northwestern, @#22 Illinois, #16 IU
Key Losses: @#5 UNC, #16 Marquette, Iowa, #10 MSU, @#16 Michigan, #3 OSU
Last Week: #18
RPI: #28
SoS: #16
v.Top 50: 5-5
v.Top 100: 3-0

20. Virginia (18-4)
Key Wins: (n)Drexel, #14 Michigan, George Mason, @LSU, Miami, @NC St, Clemson
Key Losses: (n)TCU, @#8 Duke, VT, @#21 FSU
Last Week: #17
RPI: #40
SoS: #115
v.Top 50: 1-2
v.Top 100: 5-1

21. Gonzaga (18-4)
Key Wins: NDU, Arizona, Butler, @Xavier
Key Losses: Illinois, MSU, @SMC, @BYU
Last Week: #20
RPI: #24
SoS: #74
v.Top 50: 2-4
v.Top 100: 2-0

22. Michigan (17-7)
Key Wins: (n)#8 Memphis, (n)UCLA, Minnesota, #18 Wisconsin, Northwestern, #9 MSU, @Purdue, #20 IU
Key Losses: (n)#6 Duke, @UVA, @#12 IU, @Iowa, @Arkansas, @#4 OSU, @#9 MSU
Last Week: #19
RPI: #15
SoS: #13
v.Top 50: 6-4
v.Top 100: 2-1

23. Indiana (18-6)
Key Wins: Butler, @NCSU, #1 UK, @UND, #2 OSU, #16 Michigan, @Purdue
Key Losses: @#16 MSU, Minnesota, @#5 OSU, @Nebraska, @#25 Wisconsin, @#23 Michigan
Last Week: #21
RPI: #17
SoS: #32
v.Top 50: 3-4
v.Top 100: 3-2

24. Mississippi State (18-5)
Key Wins: (n)#19 A&M, (n)#15 Arizona, WV, Utah St, Tennessee, Alabama, @Vandy
Key Losses: Akron, @#6 Baylor, @Arkansas, @Ole Miss, @#14 UF
Last Week: #24
RPI: #34
SoS: #67
v.Top 50: 3-2
v.Top 100: 2-3

25. Harvard (20-2)
Key Wins: (n)#22 FSU, (n)UCF, St Joes
Key Losses: @#9 UCONN, @Fordham
Last Week: #25
RPI: #39
SoS: #210
v.Top 50: 2-1
v.Top 100: 1-0

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College Basketball Top 25: MacRankings

January 23, 2012

Sleepy, commentary coming tomorrow.

TOP 25:

1. Kentucky (19-1)
Last Week: #2

2. Syracuse (20-1)
Last Week: #1

3. Ohio State (17-3)
Last Week: #5

4. Missouri (18-1)
Last Week: #6

5. Baylor (17-2)
Last Week: #3

6. Duke (16-3)
Last Week: #4

7. Kansas (16-3)
Last Week: #7

8. Georgetown (16-3)
Last Week: #10

9. North Carolina (16-3)
Last Week: #11

10. Michigan State (16-4)
Last Week: #8

11. San Diego State (17-2)
Last Week: #13

12. Indiana (16-4)
Last Week: #9

13. UNLV (18-3)
Last Week: #14

14. Murray State (20-0)
Last Week: #16

15. Mississippi State (16-4)
Last Week: #17

16. St. Mary’s (19-2)
Last Week: #20

17. Creighton (18-2)
Last Week: #22

18. Michigan (15-5)
Last Week: #12

19. Virginia (15-3)
Last Week: #18

20. Gonzaga (16-3)
Last Week: #23

21. Marquette (16-4)
Last Week: #25

22. Wisconsin (16-5)
Last Week: #24

23. Illinois (15-5)
Last Week: #19

24. Connecticut (14-5)
Last Week: #15

25. West Virginia (15-5)
Last Week: Unranked

DROPPED OUT:

21. Louisville (15-5)
Last Week: #21

BUBBLE:

Alabama (13-6)
Cincinnati (15-5)
Dayton (14-5)
Florida (15-4)
Florida State (13-6)
Harvard (16-2)
Kansas State (13-4)
New Mexico (15-4)
Seton Hall (15-4)
Temple (13-5)
Vanderbilt (14-5)
Wichita State (17-3)

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College Basketball Top 25: MacRankings

January 16, 2012

TOP 25:

1. Syracuse (19-0)
Last Week: #1

2. Kentucky (17-1)
Last Week: #2

3. Baylor (17-0)
Last Week: #3

4. Duke (15-2)
Last Week: #6

5. Ohio State (16-3)
Last Week: #4

6. Missouri (16-1)
Last Week: #7

7. Kansas (14-3)
Last Week: #13

8. Michigan State (15-3)
Last Week: #8

9. Indiana (15-3)
Last Week: #9

10. Georgetown (14-3)
Last Week: #10

11. North Carolina (15-3)
Last Week: #5

12. Michigan (14-4)
Last Week: #12

13. San Diego State (15-2)
Last Week: #16

14. UNLV (16-3)
Last Week: #14

15. Connecticut (14-3)
Last Week: #15

16. Murray State (18-0)
Last Week: #17

17. Mississippi State (15-3)
Last Week: #21

18. Virginia (14-2)
Last Week: #18

19. Illinois (15-3)
Last Week: Unranked

20. St. Mary’s (17-2)
Last Week: Unranked

21. Louisville (14-4)
Last Week: #11

22. Creighton (16-2)
Last Week: Unranked

23. Gonzaga (14-3)
Last Week: #19

24. Wisconsin (14-5)
Last Week: #24

25. Marquette (14-4)
Last Week: #25

DROPPED OUT:

20. Kansas State (11-4)
Last Week: #20

22. Seton Hall (15-3)
Last Week: #22

23. Alabama (13-4)
Last Week: #23

BUBBLE:

Cincinnati (14-4)
Florida (14-4)
Harvard (15-2)
New Mexico (15-2)
Stanford (15-3)
Temple (11-5)
Vanderbilt (13-4)
West Virginia (13-5)
Wichita State (15-3)

Notes:

-This past week was pure insanity. I was looking at my word document tonight and had no idea how to rank my top 25.

-Baylor has been awesome, but face off with Missouri and Kansas this week.

-Syracuse has a reasonable shot at making it through January undefeated.

-Ohio State lost to Illinois but still have wins over three top ten teams.

-Indiana got swept this week, but keep a spot in the top ten due to a great resume. They’ve only lost three games and two of them were to teams currently in the top 10. More importantly, they’ve beat a #1, a #2, and a #16.

-MSU took a gross loss, but have wins over three ranked teams and a win over a team that just beat UNC by 30.

-UNC took the worst loss of the week, a 30-point stomping courtesy of FSU.

-San Diego State should continue gaining respect after beating UNLV in a close game. The Aztecs now have three wins over ranked teams and their two losses are to two teams currently in the top 25.

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College Basketball Top 25: MacRankings

January 8, 2012

What a wild week. College basketball proved that the national title is up for grabs this year and the amount of parity in the game is quite sickening. Temple can beat a team like Duke and then get beat by Dayton. Rutgers has taken down Florida and Connecticut. Seton Hall might be nationally ranked tomorrow. The Hoosiers are a top ten program right now. Colorado is on top of the PAC-12 standings. Xavier was 8-0 a couple weeks ago, looked like a top ten program, got in a fight with Cincinnati and are now 10-5. What’s going on?

TOP 25:

1. Syracuse (17-0)
Last Week: #1

2. Kentucky (15-1)
Last Week: #2

3. Baylor (15-0)
Last Week: #3

4. Ohio State (15-2)
Last Week: #4

5. North Carolina (14-2)
Last Week: #6

6. Duke (13-2)
Last Week: #5

7. Missouri (14-1)
Last Week: #8

8. Michigan State (14-2)
Last Week: #12

9. Indiana (15-1)
Last Week: #15

10. Georgetown (13-2)
Last Week: #9

11. Louisville (13-3)
Last Week: #10

12. Michigan (13-3)
Last Week: #11

13. Kansas (12-3)
Last Week: #17

14. UNLV (16-2)
Last Week: #13

15. Connecticut (12-3)
Last Week: #7

16. San Diego State (13-2)
Last Week: #20

17. Murray State (16-0)
Last Week: #21

18. Virginia (14-1)
Last Week: #23

19. Gonzaga (13-2)
Last Week: #25

20. Kansas State (11-2)
Last Week: #22

21. Mississippi State (13-3)
Last Week: #16

22. Seton Hall (14-2)
Last Week: Unranked

23. Alabama (12-3)
Last Week: Unranked

24. Wisconsin (12-5)
Last Week: #19

25. Marquette (12-4)
Last Week: #14

DROPPED OUT:

18. Florida (12-4)
Last Week: #18

24. Harvard (13-2)
Last Week: #24

BUBBLE:

Cincinnati (12-4)
Creighton (13-2)
Illinois (14-3)
New Mexico (14-2)
St. Mary’s (14-2)
Temple (10-4)
Vanderbilt (11-4)

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College Basketball MACrankings: December 26th, 2011

December 25, 2011

TOP 25:

1. Syracuse (13-0)
Key Wins: (n)VT, (n)Stanford, #10 Florida, Marshall, @NCSU
Key Losses:
Last Week: #1
Comments:

2. Ohio State (12-1)
Key Wins: #7 Florida, #3 Duke
Key Losses: @#13 Kansas
Last Week: #2
Comments:

3. Duke (10-1)
Key Wins: (n)MSU, (n)Tennessee, (n)#15 Michigan, (n)#14 Kansas, (n)UW
Key Losses: @#2 OSU
Last Week: #3
Comments:

4. Kentucky (11-1)
Key Wins: (n)#12 Kansas, (n)ODU, #5 UNC
Key Losses: @Indiana
Last Week: #4
Comments:

5. Louisville (12-0)
Key Wins: @Butler, LBSU, #20 Vanderbilt, Memphis
Key Losses:
Last Week: #5
Comments:

6. Connecticut (10-1)
Key Wins: (n)#22 FSU, #25 Harvard
Key Losses: (n)UCF
Last Week: #6
Comments:

7. Baylor (12-0)
Key Wins: SDSU, @Northwestern, @BYU, (n)SMC, (n)WV
Key Losses:
Last Week: #7
Comments:

8. North Carolina (11-2)
Key Wins: (n)MSU, #9 Wisconsin, LBSU, Texas
Key Losses: @UNLV, @#1 Kentucky
Last Week: #8
Comments:

9. Missouri (12-0)
Key Wins: NDU, (n)#20 Cal, (n)Villanova, #25 Illinois
Key Losses:
Note: Laurence Bowers out for season.
Last Week: #9
Comments:

10. Florida (10-2)
Key Wins: Arizona, #22 TAMU, FSU
Key Losses: @#3 OSU, @#4 Syracuse
Last Week: #14
Comments:

11. Mississippi State (12-1)
Key Wins: (n)#19 A&M, (n)#15 Arizona, WV
Key Losses: Akron
Last Week: #13
Comments:

12. Georgetown (10-1)
Key Wins: (n)#8 Memphis, @#12 Alabama, Memphis
Key Losses: (n)#14 Kansas
Last Week: #16
Comments:

13. Marquette (11-1)
Key Wins: @#9 Wisconsin, (n)UW
Key Losses: @LSU
Last Week: #11
Comments:

14. Michigan (10-2)
Key Wins: (n)#8 Memphis, (n)UCLA
Key Losses: (n)#6 Duke, @Virginia
Last Week: #17
Comments:

15. Wisconsin (11-2)
Key Wins: (n)BYU, UNLV
Key Losses: @#5 UNC, #16 Marquette
Last Week: #18
Comments:

16. Indiana (12-0)
Key Wins: Butler, @NCSU, #1 UK, @UND
Key Losses:
Last Week: #19
Comments:

17. UNLV (13-2)
Key Wins: #1 UNC, UCSB, @#19 Illinois, Cal
Key Losses: @Wichita St, @#14 Wisconsin
Last Week: #20
Comments:

18. Michigan State (11-2)
Key Wins: FSU, @#23 Gonzaga
Key Losses: (n)#1 UNC, (n)#6 Duke
Last Week: #21
Comments:

19. Kansas (8-3)
Key Wins: (n)Georgetown, (n)UCLA, Long Beach St, #2 OSU
Key Losses: (n)#2 Kentucky, (n)#6 Duke, Davidson
Last Week: #12
Comments:

20. Xavier (9-3)
Key Wins: Georgia, @#20 Vandy, Purdue, @Butler, UC
Key Losses: Oral Roberts, (n)LBSU, @Hawaii
Last Week: #10
Comments:

21. San Diego State (11-2)
Key Wins: LBSU, @#23 Arizona, #24 Cal
Key Losses: @# 11 Baylor, Creighton
Last Week: #23
Comments:

22. Pittsburgh (11-2)
Key Wins: @Tennessee, OkSU
Key Losses: LBSU, Wagner
Last Week: #15
Note: Travon Woodall out 4-6 weeks
Comments:

23. Murray State (13-0)
Key Wins: Dayton, @#21 Memphis
Key Losses:
Last Week: #24
Comments:

24. Creighton (10-1)
Key Wins: @SDSU, Northwestern
Key Losses: @St Joes
Last Week: #25
Comments:

25. Illinois (11-2)
Key Wins: @Maryland, #19 Gonzaga
Key Losses: UNLV, @#9 Mizzou
Last Week: #22
Comments:

DROPPED OUT:

BUBBLE:

Alabama (9-3)
Key Wins: (n)Wichita St, (n)Purdue, VCU, Detroit, OKSU
Key Losses: Georgetown, @Dayton, @KSU

Gonzaga (9-2)
Key Wins: NDU, Arizona, Butler
Key Losses: Illinois, MSU

Florida State (8-4)
Key Wins: UCF
Key Losses: (n)Harvard, (n)#4 UCONN, @MSU, @#11 UF

Harvard (10-1)
Key Wins: (n)#22 FSU, (n)UCF
Key Losses: @#9 UCONN
Comments:

Kansas State (10-1)
Key Wins: @VTU, #23 Alabama, (n)LBSU
Key Losses: WV

Saint Louis (11-1)
Key Wins: Washington, (n)Villanova
Key Losses: @Loyola Marymount

Virginia (10-1)
Key Wins: (n)Drexel, #14 Michigan, George Mason
Key Losses: (n)TCU

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College Basketball Top 25

December 18, 2011

TOP 25:

1. Syracuse (11-0)
Last Week: #1
2. Ohio State (10-1)
Last Week: #2
3. Duke (9-1)
Last Week: #3
4. Kentucky (9-1)
Last Week: #4
5. Louisville (10-0)
Last Week: #5
6. Connecticut (9-1)
Last Week: #6
7. Baylor (9-0)
Last Week: #7
8. North Carolina (9-2)
Last Week: #8
9. Missouri (11-0)
Last Week: #10
10. Xavier (8-1)
Last Week: #9
11. Marquette (10-0)
Last Week: #11
12. Kansas (7-2)
Last Week: #12
13. Mississippi State (11-1)
Last Week: #13
14. Florida (8-2)
Last Week: #14
15. Pittsburgh (10-1)
Last Week: #15
16. Georgetown (9-1)
Last Week: #16
17. Michigan (9-2)
Last Week: #17
18. Wisconsin (10-2)
Last Week: #18
19. Indiana (10-0)
Last Week: #19
20. UNLV (11-2)
Last Week: #22
21. Michigan State (9-2)
Last Week: #23
22. Illinois (10-1)
Last Week: #21
23. San Diego State (9-2)
Last Week: #24
24. Murray State (12-0)
Last Week: Unranked
25. Creighton (8-1)
Last Week: Unranked

DROPPED OUT:

20. Alabama (8-3)
Last Week: #20
25. Texas A&M (8-2)
Last Week: #25

BUBBLE:

Harvard (9-1)
Gonzaga (7-2)
Saint Louis (10-1)
California (9-2)
Cleveland State (10-1)
Florida State (8-3)
Stanford (9-1)
Virginia (9-1)

Notes:

*Nothing changes in the Top 8. North Carolina is ranked significantly lower than they are in the national polls. While I still think they are a top 3 team in the nation, it’s hard to argue they have better resumes than the teams I have ranked ahead of them. Most of the top teams coasted this past week, but Louisville posted a strong win against Memphis and Baylor got taken to the buzzer by BYU.

*Xavier took its first loss of the season… to Oral Roberts. However, they only drop one spot because Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons–their two best players–were both suspended for the game.

*Missouri jumps a spot due to the Xavier loss. I’d consider holding Xavier at #9, but Mizzou has just been MASHING every team they play.

*I’ve kept UNLV in my top 25 ever since they knocked off North Carolina, but the national polls made a rash move in dropping them out after losses to Wichita State and Wisconsin, both tough teams. After handing Illinois their first loss of the season, however, the Running Rebels should make a return to the national polls tomorrow.

*After being one of the few publications to rank Michigan State in the preseason, I was happy to see them crack the top 25 last week. They are currently on a 9-game winning streak that includes wins over Florida State and Gonzaga, two teams that were ranked in the preseason. The Spartans only losses were against Duke and North Carolina, both top 8 teams.

*Much like UNLV several weeks ago, there’s no reason to push the eject button on Illinois just because they lost a game. They still deserve a spot in the top 25 for now… but Big Ten play should prove this is a team that eventually doesn’t belong.

*How many weeks have I had San Diego State in my top 25? Is this the week the rest of the nation finally catches on? With Alabama, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt all likely dropping out of the AP Poll, I think so.

*Speaking of Alabama, what is going on with the Crimson Tide? The first several weeks of the season, they emerged as one of the stronger and more surprising teams in the nation. Now they’ve dropped three of four… to unranked teams. WTF?

*With 8 undefeated teams left in the nation, does anyone want to place bets on which team will last the longest without a loss? Put your money on Murray State. At 12-0 and with wins over Dayton and Memphis, I finally bite the bullet and rank them. They’ve managed to make it through non-conference play unscathed and have a better chance than anyone to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated.

*I put Texas A&M back in my top 25 last week solely on the strength of star Khris Middleton returning to the line-up. The Aggies rewarded my faith by promptly getting smashed by Florida. See ya.

*Creighton returns to my top 25 although they have only one notable win on their resume (vs. San Diego State). Doug McDermott is just too damn good though (24.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg).

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College Basketball Top 25

December 11, 2011

I’m insanely tired and I have a long work day ahead of me tomorrow. I will clean this up and add commentary when I can, but this is my top 25 through today’s action.

TOP 25:

1. Syracuse (10-0)
Last Week: #3
Comments: Consider this a brief stay at the top. While Syracuse is clearly benefiting from recent losses for Kentucky and Ohio State, they have at least emerged as a legitimate national title contender.

2. Ohio State (8-1)
Last Week: #2
Comments: Good to see the national polls feel the same way I do: losing on the road to a good Kansas team without Jared Sullinger on the floor is a loss that comes with an asterisk.

3. Duke (9-1)
Key Wins: (n)MSU, (n)Tennessee, (n)#15 Michigan, (n)#14 Kansas, (n)UW
Key Losses: @#2 OSU
Last Week: #5
Comments: Take away the blowout loss to Ohio State and Duke might have the most impressive resume in the nation.

4. Kentucky (8-1)
Last Week: #1
Comments: Growing pains: that’s what we call the loss at Indiana.

5. Louisville (9-0)
Last Week: #4
Comments: Went against my conventional routine and dropped Louisville one spot even though they haven’t lost a game all season. Anyone care to argue that any of the teams ranked above them haven’t been more impressive?

6. Connecticut (8-1)
Last Week: #6

7. Baylor (7-0)
Last Week: #7

8. North Carolina (8-2)
Last Week: #8
Comments: I have UNC lower than the national polls because they have two losses and struggled against Long Beach State this weekend. I still think this is one of the nation’s top 3 teams, but they haven’t played that way so far.

9. Xavier (8-0)
Last Week: #9
Comments: Hopefully the suspensions that resulted from the brawl with Cincinnati don’t cause this team to lose a game. The Musketeers have looked tough as nails so far.

10. Missouri (9-0)
Last Week: #10

11. Marquette (9-0)
Last Week: #11

12. Kansas (7-2)
Last Week: #16
Comments: Even without Jared Sullinger playing, the win against Ohio State is still impressive.

13. Mississippi State (9-1)
Last Week: #13

14. Florida (7-2)
Last Week: #14

15. Pittsburgh (9-1)
Last Week: #15

16. Georgetown (8-1)
Last Week: #17

17. Michigan (7-2)
Last Week: #18

18. Wisconsin (8-2)
Last Week: #19

19. Indiana (9-0)
Last Week: Unranked
Comments: Okay, the Hoosiers are for real. This team was undefeated before toppling #1 Kentucky and hyped freshman Cody Zeller has exceeded expectations.

20. Alabama (8-2)
Last Week: #12
Comments: I really liked Alabama the first couple weeks of the season, but they’ve been scuffling recently.

21. Illinois (10-0)
Last Week: Unranked
Comments: I might be a week late with this ranking.

22. UNLV (9-2)
Key Wins: #1 UNC, UCSB
Key Losses: @Wichita St, @#14 Wisconsin
Last Week: #20
Comments:

23. Michigan State (8-2)
Key Wins: FSU, @#23 Gonzaga
Key Losses: (n)#1 UNC, (n)#6 Duke
Last Week: Unranked
Comments:

24. San Diego State (9-2)
Key Wins: LBSU, @#23 Arizona, #24 Cal
Key Losses: @# 11 Baylor, Creighton
Last Week: #24
Comments:

25. Texas A&M (8-1)
Key Wins: (n)SJU
Key Losses: (n)Miss St
Last Week: Unranked
Comments:

DROPPED OUT:

21. Memphis (5-3)
Key Wins: (n)Tennessee, @Miami, Murray St
Key Losses: (n)#15 Michigan, (n)G’town
Last Week: #21
Comments:

22. Harvard (9-1)
Key Wins: (n)#22 FSU, (n)UCF
Key Losses: @#9 UCONN
Last Week: #22
Comments:

23. Creighton (7-1)
Key Wins: @SDSU
Key Losses: @St Joes
Last Week: #23
Comments:

25. Gonzaga (5-2)
Key Wins: NDU
Key Losses: Illinois, MSU
Last Week: #25
Comments:

BUBBLE:

Murray State (10-0)
Key Wins: Dayton, @#21 Memphis
Key Losses:

Vanderbilt (6-3)
Key Wins: (n)Oregon, (n)Oregon St
Key Loses: Cleveland State, #11 Xavier, @#6 Louisville
Comments:

Saint Louis (9-1)
Key Wins: Washington, (n)Villanova
Key Losses: @Loyola Marymount

Purdue (9-2)
Key Wins: (n)Temple, Miami
Key Losses: (n)#16 Alabama, @#11 Xavier

Arizona (7-3)
Key Wins: (n)SJU, Clemson
Key Losses: (n)Miss St, SDSU, @#12 Florida

California (8-2)
Key Wins:
Key Losses: (n)#21 Mizzou, @SDSU

Cleveland State (10-1)
Key Wins: @#7 Vanderbilt
Key Losses: @Hofstra

Florida State (7-3)
Key Wins: UCF
Key Losses: (n)Harvard, (n)#4 UCONN, @MSU

Stanford (8-1)
Key Wins: Oklahoma State, NC St
Key Losses: (n)#5 Syracuse

Temple (6-2)
Key Wins: (n)Wichita St, Villanova
Key Losses: (n)Purdue, @Bowling Green

Virginia (8-1)
Key Wins: (n)Drexel, #14 Michigan, George Mason
Key Losses: (n)TCU