Shannon Ryan's Top 25

December 29, 2009

Last week's rankings in parentheses

1. Kansas 11-0 (1): The Jayhawks shot 73.1 percent in the second half of a victory against Cal.

2. Texas 11-0 (2): Forward Damion James looked invincible against Michigan State.

3. Kentucky 13-0 (3): All eyes will be on the Bluegrass State on Saturday when the Wildcats host rival Louisville.

4. Syracuse 12-0 (4): The Big East schedule starts for the Orange on Tuesday at Seton Hall.

5. Purdue 11-0 (5): Coach Matt Painter is enjoying his longest winning streak at the helm.

6. West Virginia 10-0 (6): The Mountaineers survived in overtime against Seton Hall.

7. Duke 9-1 (7): The Blue Devils get back to work against Long Beach State on Tuesday.

8. Villanova 11-1 (8): Sophomore forward Taylor King recorded his first double-double against Delaware.

9. Connecticut 9-2 (9): The Huskies face a challenge when they play at Cincinnati, which hasn't lost at home this season.

10. North Carolina 9-3 (11): The Tar Heels average 43.3 rebounds per game.

11. Michigan State 9-3 (10): A Big Ten showdown between the Spartans and Northwestern takes place Saturday.

12. Kansas State 11-1 (12): The Wildcats have scored at least 80 points nine times this season.

13. Georgetown 9-1 (13): Guard Chris Wright shoots 50 percent from the field, averages 13.9 points.

14. Ohio State 10-2 (15): The Buckeyes have a New Year's Eve date at Wisconsin.

15. Washington 9-2 (18): Forward Quincy Pondexter averages nearly 22 points.

16. Tennessee 9-2 (17): A dangerous meeting takes place Thursday at Memphis.

17. Clemson 11-2 (22): Few arenas are tougher on opponents than at Duke, where the Tigers travel Sunday.

18. Texas A & M 8-3 (19): Losing Derrick Roland to a gruesome leg injury derailed the Aggies against Washington.

19. Temple 9-2 (24): Guard Juan Fernandez scored 54 points in the Owls' last two games.

20. Mississippi 10-2 (20): The Rebels couldn't handle West Virginia's 3-point shooting.

21. USC 8-4 (NR): The Trojans knocked off Tennessee and UNLV in a week.

22. New Mexico 12-1 (16): After a loss to Oral Roberts, consecutive games against Texas Tech and Dayton are opportunities to rebound.

23. Florida State 11-2 (25): Center Soloman Alabi leads the Seminoles with 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

24. Gonzaga 8-3 (23): With nine days to digest a loss to Duke, the Bulldogs get back to action against Eastern Washington.

25. UAB 11-1 (NR): The Blazers beat Cincinnati and Butler.

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