Shannon Ryan's Top 25

December 08, 2009

Records through Sunday; previous ranking in parentheses

1. Kansas (7-0): Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich are the stars, but you have to appreciate what Xavier Henry, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris are contributing. (1)

2. Texas (6-0): The Longhorns have held every opponent below 40 percent shooting. (2)

3. Villanova (8-0): Those 'Nova guards sure can shoot from outside; they made 16 3s to beat Maryland. (3)

4. Kentucky (8-0): Don't underestimate quiet leader Patrick Patterson, who has scored at least 17 points in every game but two. (4)

5. Purdue (7-0): The Boilermakers finally found their shot, connecting on 52.2 percent against Buffalo. (5)

6. Syracuse (8-0): The Orange need to avoid getting chomped by undefeated Florida. (7)

7. West Virginia (5-0): Coach Bob Huggins keeps downplaying it, but the Mountaineers look pretty special. (9)

8. Duke (7-1): The Blue Devils bounced back from the loss at Wisconsin to record their 73rd straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (6)

9. Tennessee (6-1): Scotty Hopson is making 3s at an astounding rate - 54.3 percent. (13)

10. Florida (8-0): The Gators are 8-0 for just the third time in school history. (18)

11. Georgetown (6-0): The Hoyas' schedule turns serious now with games against Butler and Washington this week. (12)

12. North Carolina (7-2): Kentucky's runs were too much for the Tar Heels. (11)

13. Ohio State (7-1): The Buckeyes have scored more than 100 points three times this season. (14)

14. Michigan State (6-2): Coach Tom Izzo has questioned his team's heart after recent lackluster play. (8)

15. Connecticut (6-1): Jerome Dyson and Kemba Walker combine for 10.7 assists per game. (15)

16. Washington (6-1): How's this for a busy week? Georgetown, Portland and Texas A & M. (10).

17. Texas A & M (7-1): Impressive wins against Clemson, Minnesota and Arkansas make the Aggies look like contenders. (24)

18. Cincinnati (5-1): The Bearcats eventually will win back their fans and fill up the arena if they keep playing like this. (20)

19. Butler (6-2): The Bulldogs missed only five second-half shots against Valparaiso. (19)

20. Wisconsin (6-1): Beating Duke has a way of turning heads, and now everyone is looking at Madison. (NR)

21. Gonzaga (6-2): The Bulldogs' 24-game winning streak against unranked opponents was snapped in a loss to Wake Forest. (16)

22. Texas Tech (8-0): The Red Raiders built this record for the first time since 1929-30. (NR)

23. UNLV (7-0): Victories over Arizona and Louisville have Lon Kruger's team looking strong. (NR)

24. Georgia Tech (6-1): The Yellow Jackets have won five straight after an early loss to Dayton. (NR)

25. Vanderbilt (6-1): Facing the comeback Illini at Assembly Hall on Tuesday will prove how seriously we should take the Commodores. (NR)

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