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THE TIMES' TOP 25

November 11, 2008

Chris Dufresne's college basketball rankings and comments:

Rk.; Team; Comment

1

NORTH CAROLINA

One way or another, this is going to end with Roy Williams in tears.

2

CONNECTICUT

Rankman comfortable with team here after seeing San Diego wasn't on schedule.

3

LOUISVILLE

Expected to be among about one of 25 Big East schools to receive NCAA bid.

4

PITTSBURGH

Local paper suggests Dixon employ a full-court, "Pittsburgh Press."

5

UCLA

Collison's return makes Bruins a lock for this year's cherished Final Five.

6

MICHIGAN STATE

Eleven straight trips to the NCAA, so why not make it a dozen?

7

TEXAS

Trying to find a sport this school is not good at. Pingpong? Bowling?

8

DUKE

Coach K back from Beijing to resume duties for Vitale's Team USA.

9

NOTRE DAME

Mural next to football stadium renamed "Free throw" Jesus.

10

GONZAGA

If Few isn't Arizona coach by this time next year, then he won't be.

11

PURDUE

Plan is to win the Big Ten outright and become the Purdue Noisemakers.

12

OKLAHOMA

Setting the bar: your football team is averaging 35 points in the first half.

13

MEMPHIS

Add rankings Nos. 13 and No. 14 and you have equals place where Elvis made his name.

14

TENNESSEE

Everything should be OK as long as Fulmer's not calling the shots.

15

ARIZONA STATE

Uh-oh . . . isn't this where the football team was ranked in preseason AP poll?

16

MIAMI

Add rankings Nos. 16 and No. 17 and you have where equals place New Yorkers go in winter.

17

FLORIDA

One more trip to NIT and Billy Donovan will throw a FIT.

18

MARQUETTE

Tom Crean going to Indiana actually creates new Buzz (Williams) on campus.

19

GEORGETOWN

Plan for now is to replace 7-foot-2 Hibbert with two 3-foot-7 point guards.

20

DAVIDSON

Team just like your favorite Indian cuisine: lots of Curry.

21

USC

Trojans might surprise this year under Coach Tim "Sleeper" Floyd.

22

WISCONSIN

Led nation in scoring defense in '08 but didn't win title . . . same as USC football?

23

KANSAS

Rankman can't believe Memphis blew a nine-point lead with 2:12 to go.

24

ST. MARY'S

Watch this kid Patrick Mills, a transfer from St. Croc's out of Australia.

25

SYRACUSE

Also picked to finish eighth in Big East by Meat Grinder Magazine.

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