Shannon Ryan's Top 25

March 08, 2011|By Shannon Ryan, Tribune reporter

Records through Sunday (last week's ranking)

1. Ohio State 29-2 (1): Buckeyes are out to add a Big Ten tournament title to their regular-season crown.

2. Kansas 29-2 (2): In five-game streak, Jayhawks won by 16.4 points per game.

3. Pittsburgh 27-4 (5): Pitt loves New York. Jamie Dixon is going for a third Big East tournament title.

4. Notre Dame 25-5 (7): Ben Hansbrough averaged 26 points, shot 67.3 percent in the last four games.

5. Duke 27-4 (4): Other than Seth Curry, Blue Devils shot 0-for-16 on 3-pointers in loss to North Carolina.

6. North Carolina 24-6 (13): Below .500 last season to ACC champs, it has been a wild year for the Heels.

7. BYU 28-3 (3): Cougars need to eliminate Brandon Davies' suspension as distraction.

8. San Diego State 29-2 (9): Aztecs start Mountain West tournament vs. Utah, a team they beat by 32.

9. Purdue 25-6 (6): Boilermakers' regular season had surprise ending with loss to Iowa.

10. Texas 25-6 (8): Longhorns enter Big 12 tournament as No. 2 seed behind Kansas.

11. Syracuse 25-6 (12): Orange carry a six-game winning streak into Madison Square Garden.

12. Florida 24-6 (14): Gators won first SEC title since 2007.

13. Wisconsin 23-7 (10): Ohio State held Jordan Taylor 10 points below his average.

14. Louisville 23-8 (11): Cardinals committed a foul in final seconds and blew a lead to West Virginia.

15. St. John's 20-10 (15): Play at home away from home at Madison Square Garden as a No. 5 seed.

16. Arizona 25-6 (18): For first time in 12 years, Wildcats won all 17 home games.

17. Kentucky 22-8 (21): Impressive end to regular season — wins vs. Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee.

18. Kansas State 22-9 (NR): Wildcats regained stride with six straight victories.

19. West Virginia 20-10 (NR): Mountaineers moved up to sixth seed in Big East with Louisville win.

20. Temple 24-6 (23): Five straight double-doubles for Lavoy Allen heading into A-10 tournament.

21. Connecticut 21-9 (16): No. 9 seed Huskies get No. 16 DePaul in first round of Big East tournament.

22. Georgetown 21-9 (17): Hoyas look like a different team without injured guard Chris Wright.

23. Utah State 28-3 (24): A 72-30 win over Louisiana Tech impresses — no matter how bad Tech is.

24. Xavier 24-6 (NR): With 16 victories in 17 games, Musketeers define "momentum."

25. Vanderbilt 21-9 (20): Commodores hit a slump with three losses in four games.

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