Shannon Ryan's Top 25

December 22, 2009

Records through Sunday;

last week's ranking in parentheses

1. Kansas (10-0). Sherron Collins faces Cal guard and former AAU teammate Jerome Randle on Tuesday. (1)

2. Texas (10-0). The Longhorns are making a case to be co-No. 1s. A Feb. 8 game vs. Kansas can't come soon enough. (2)

3. Kentucky (11-0). John Calipari faced former assistant Bruiser Flint when the Wildcats hosted Drexel on Monday. (3)

4. Syracuse (11-0). Six players average double-digit scoring. (4)

5. Purdue (10-0). Robbie Hummel showed aggressiveness against Ball State that he can call on again in the Big Ten. (5)

6. West Virginia (8-0). Why the heck would the Mountaineers play at dangerous Cleveland State? They survived in a squeaker. (6)

7. Duke (9-1). Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith combined for more points than Gonzaga put up. (7)

8. Villanova (10-1). Reggie Redding returned from suspension into the starting lineup without a hiccup. (9)

9. Connecticut (7-2). Happy holidays, Jim Calhoun. He's about to receive a contract extension. (14)

10. Michigan State (9-2). The Spartans can jump back into Final Four conversation with a victory Tuesday at Texas. (13)

11. North Carolina (8-3). The Tar Heels can only hope their losses to teams currently in the top five will help in March. (11)

12. Kansas State (10-1). Jacob Pullen scored a career-high 30 vs. Alabama. (20)

13. Georgetown (8-1). Old Dominion sure knows how to get under the Hoyas' skin. (8)

14. Butler (8-3). It was controversial, but the Bulldogs got a victory over Xavier. (15)

15. Ohio State (9-2). The Buckeyes aren't pretty without Evan Turner, but they've won two since losing to Butler. (17)

16. New Mexico (12-0). The Lobos rallied to beat Creighton. (22)

17. Tennessee (8-2). Ouch. The 22-point loss to USC was the Vols' worst in the Bruce Pearl era. (8)

18. Washington (7-2). The Huskies forced 22 turnovers by Portland. (18)

19. Texas A&M (9-2). The Aggies can make a jump by beating Washington. (23)

20. Mississippi (10-1). We'll see what the Rebels are made of when they face West Virginia on Wednesday. (25)

21. Florida (8-2). Losing to Syracuse is one thing. Losing to Richmond is another. (12)

22. Clemson (10-2). Make it four straight wins since that loss to Illinois. (NR)

23. Gonzaga (8-3). Duke held the Bulldogs to a 25-year low in points. (16)

24. Temple (9-2). With a victory over St. John's, the Owls have consecutive wins against the Big East. (NR)

25. Florida State (10-2). The Seminoles put a stop to Georgia Tech's seven-game winning streak. (NR)

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