Shannon Ryan's Top 25

December 01, 2009

Records through Sunday; previous ranking in parentheses.

1. Kansas (5-0): Jayhawks are the playground bully nobody has stood up to yet. (1)

2. Texas (5-0): The can't-miss Longhorns rank second in the nation in field-goal percentage. (3)

3. Villanova (6-0): Wildcats haven't allowed an opponent out of the 60s yet. (4)

4. Kentucky (6-0): How's your stress level, Wildcats fans? Kentucky needed a buzzer-beater to beat Miami (Ohio) and OT to beat Stanford. (5)

5. Purdue (5-0): Boilers take on angry Wake, a recent loser to William & Mary, in Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (6)

6. Duke (6-0): Blue Devils squashed any criticism about a perceived lack of athleticism by crushing UConn. (8)

7. Syracuse (6-0): Scoop Jardine has at least six assists in three games and at least two steals in five games. (7)

8. Michigan State (5-1): And everyone thought North Carolina might be the first to beat the Spartans. (2)

9. West Virginia (5-0): The Mountaineers avoided falling into the Portland pit and welcomed Devin Ebanks back from a leave of absence. (9)

10. Washington (5-0): Huskies survived a scare by Montana but still look like the class of the Pac-10. (15)

11. North Carolina (6-1): Ed Davis has been a defensive force with nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. (13)

12. Georgetown (4-0): The Hoyas don't care who leads in scoring; they have four double-digit scorers. (17)

13. Tennessee (5-1): It's the tour of the Volunteer State this week as the Vols take on lightweights East Tennessee State and Middle Tennessee State. (10)

14. Ohio State (5-1): The Buckeyes might have their hands full against Florida State, whose only loss is to the same team (Florida) that upended Michigan State. (18)

15. Connecticut (4-1): Guards Kemba Walker and Jerome Dyson combined for nine turnovers vs. Duke. (12)

16. Gonzaga (5-1): Sure is nice to have a 7-footer. Robert Sacre helped the Bulldogs beat Wisconsin and Cincinnati to win the Maui Invitational. (25)

17. Clemson (6-1): Tigers needed clutch free throws to defeat Butler, two days after losing to Texas A&M. (19)

18. Florida (6-0): The Gators are giving Gainesville something other than Tim Tebow to talk about. (NR)

19. Butler (4-2): Don't judge too harshly. Bulldogs' losses came vs. ranked foes Clemson and Minnesota. (11)

20. Cincinnati (4-1): Coach Mick Cronin has the Bearcats thinking big for the first time since the Bob Huggins era in the '90s. (NR)

21. Louisville (4-1): Might want to scratch UNLV off future schedules. The Runnin' Rebels have run off with consecutive victories against the Cardinals. (16)

22. Michigan (3-2): The Wolverines unraveled with losses to Marquette and Alabama. (14)

23. Portland (5-1): Knocking off Oregon, UCLA and Minnesota in a week isn't bad. And there's no shame in your lone loss coming against West Virginia. (NR)

24. Texas A & M (5-1): The Aggies went 2-1 against ranked opponents in the 76 Classic. (NR)

25. Florida State (6-1): Chris Singleton, a 6-9 forward, went 5 of 6 on 3s in the last two games. (NR)

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