Shannon Ryan's Top 25 in college basketball

November 24, 2009

Records through Sunday; previous ranking in parentheses.

1. Kansas (3-0): The Jayhawks scored their fewest points in a win since 2000 when they eked out a 57-55 victory against Memphis. (1)

2. Michigan State (4-0): Reintroducing Delvon Roe. After a rough freshman season, he's showing his capabilities with consecutive double-doubles. (2)

3. Texas (2-0): The Longhorns can shoot from anywhere on the court (55 percent), except the free-throw line (59.6 percent). (3)

4. Villanova (5-0): Antonio Pena is making up for the loss of Dante Cunningham with three double-doubles. (7)

5. Kentucky (4-0): So far, so good. Three of the Wildcats' top four scorers are freshmen. (4)

6. Purdue (3-0): Injured point guard Lewis Jackson is out indefinitely. (8)

7. Syracuse (4-0): Andy Rautins shoots 44.4 percent on 3s and is second in the nation with 17 steals. (NR)

8. Duke (4-0): Lack of guards isn't hurting Duke's long-range shooting (18 3s against Radford). (11)

9. West Virginia (1-0): The Devin Ebanks mystery continues. (6)

10. Tennessee (4-0): The Volunteers can't let teams like DePaul slow them down in the future. (10)

11. Butler (3-0): The Bulldogs face Minnesota on Thursday at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. (12)

12. Connecticut (3-0): UConn sidestepped an upset by Hofstra to record its 29th straight victory at Gampel Pavilion against a nonconference opponent. (13)

13. North Carolina (4-1): Any team averaging 19.4 turnovers is going to get bitten. (5)

14. Michigan (2-0): Maybe the Wolverines will face their first challenge Thursday against Creighton. (14)

15. Washington (4-0): Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas average a combined 46.5 points. (15)

16. Louisville (3-0): Do the Cardinals toy with opponents, or can they turn it on when needed? Two double-digit halftime leads were cut to single digits. (21)

17. Georgetown (3-0): Keep an eye on sophomore guard Jason Clark, averaging 11.7 points and playing outstanding defense. (18)

18. Ohio State (3-1): "Consistency" needs to be written on the blackboard before every Buckeyes practice. (19)

19. Clemson (3-0): The Tigers force opponents into 26 turnovers per game. (22)

20. Illinois (3-0): Demetri McCamey averages only 8.7 points, but his 8.3 assists per game ranks second in the nation. (23)

21. Minnesota (3-0): Leading scorer Lawrence Westbrook should be back from a stomach flu to face Butler on Thursday. (24)

22. Maryland (3-0): The Terrapins try to make a trip to Maui all business. (NR)

23. Notre Dame (4-0): Junior forward Tim Abromaitis has made 11 of 16 3-pointers. (25)

24. Oklahoma (2-1): Think Jeff Capel wishes he could redo his exit contract at VCU? (16)

25. Gonzaga (2-1): The Zags get props for scaring the daylights out of Michigan State in a close loss. (NR)

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