Shannon Ryan's Top 25

December 16, 2009

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. Kansas (9-0). The Jayhawks won't play a ranked team until Jan. 10, but Saturday's foe, Michigan, is one of the most talented opponents so far. (1)

2. Texas (8-0). Damion James recorded his 40th career double-double. (2)

3. Kentucky (10-0). Only Adolph Rupp, who began 10-0 in 1931, was off to as good a start as John Calipari. (3)

4. Syracuse (10-0). The Orange keep rolling with two wins against top-10 teams. (6)

5. Purdue (9-0). Down 16 to Alabama, the Boilermakers showed they know how to make a comeback as well. (5)

6. West Virginia (7-0). Who's Kevin Jones? A sophomore forward with double digits in every game. (6)

7. Duke (7-1). Kyle Singler has led the Blue Devils in scoring four times. (8)

8. Georgetown (8-0). Two wins over ranked opponents in five games equals a stellar team. (11)

9. Villanova (9-1). Temple's Juan Fernandez will be hard for the Wildcats to forget about. (3)

10. Tennessee (7-1). Senior guard J.P. Prince had a breakout game with 17 points. (9)

11. North Carolina (8-2). Marcus Ginyard (foot) and Dexter Strickland (leg) rested and the Tar Heels still beat Presbyterian by almost 40. (12)

12. Florida (8-1). The Gators need to rebound from their loss to Syracuse against Richmond. (10)

13. Michigan State (8-2). The Spartans are trying to jell against some lightweights. (14).

14. Connecticut (6-2). The Huskies couldn't get by John Wall and Kentucky. Join the club. (15)

15. Butler (7-3). The Bulldogs finally earned a victory against a ranked opponent, Ohio State. (19)

16. Gonzaga (8-2). The Zags beat Davidson without leading scorer Matt Bouldin. (21)

17. Ohio State (7-2). The selection committee will remember that the loss to Butler came without injured Evan Turner on the court. (13)

18. Washington (6-2). The Huskies couldn't get by Georgetown. (16)

19. Texas Tech (9-0). The Red Raiders avoided a meltdown by coming back against TCU. (22)

20. Kansas State (9-1). This is the Wildcats' best start since 2004-05. (NR)

21. Cincinnati (6-2). A double-overtime loss against Xavier won't hurt the Bearcats much long-term. (18)

22. New Mexico (10-0). The Pit is going to be rocking after this start. (NR)

23. Texas A&M (8-2). The Aggies will try to rebound at Washington from an upset loss to New Mexico. (17)

24. Georgia Tech (6-1). The Yellow Jackets' freshmen are stepping up. (24)

25. Mississippi (8-1). The Rebels have won four straight since losing to Villanova. (NR)

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