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College basketball rankings

Shannon Ryan's top 25 college basketball teams, with record, comments and last week's ranking.

December 01, 2009|By Shannon Ryan

1 KANSAS (5-0) Jayhawks are playground bully nobody has stood up to yet. (Last week, 1) 2 TEXAS (5-0) Can't-miss Longhorns are second in nation in field-goal percentage. (3) 3 VILLANOVA (6-0) Wildcats haven't allowed an opponent out of the 60s. (4) 4 KENTUCKY (7-0) Needed buzzer-beater against Miami (Ohio) and overtime versus Stanford. (5) 5 PURDUE (5-0) Gets Wake Forest in Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (6) 6 DUKE (6-0) Squashed criticism by crushing Connecticut (8) 7 SYRACUSE (7-0) Guard Scoop Jardine can lend assist or steal. (7) 8 MICHIGAN STATE (5-1) Everyone thought first loss would come against North Carolina. (2) 9 WEST VIRGINIA (5-0) Avoided Portland pitfall -- welcomes back Devin Ebanks. (9) 10 WASHINGTON (5-0) Survived Montana scare -- still class of the Pacific 10. (15)11 NORTH CAROLINA (6-1) Ed Davis: 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game. (13)12 GEORGETOWN (5-0) Four Hoyas averaging in double digits. (17)13 TENNESSEE (5-1) Touring Tennessee State directionals this week -- East and Middle. (10)14 OHIO STATE (5-1) Faces tough one-loss Florida State. (18)15 CONNECTICUT (4-1) Guards Kemba Walker and Jerome Dyson had nine turnovers versus Duke. (12) 16 GONZAGA (5-1) Seven-footer Robert Sacre came up big in Maui. (25)17 CLEMSON (6-1) Beat Butler, lost to Texas A&M in Anaheim. (19)18 FLORIDA (6-0) There's more in Gainesville than Tim Tebow to talk about. (NR)19 BUTLER (4-2) Losses came versus ranked Clemson and Minnesota. (11)20 CINCINNATI (4-1) Thinking big for first time since Bob Huggins era in 1990s. (NR)21 LOUISVILLE (5-1) Might want to scratch Nevada Las Vegas off future schedules. (16) 22 MICHIGAN (3-2) Unraveled in losses to Marquette, Alabama. (14)23 PORTLAND (5-1) Knocked off Oregon, UCLA and Minnesota in one week. (NR)24 TEXAS A&M (5-1) Was 2-1 against ranked opponents at 76 Classic in Anaheim. (NR)25 FLORIDA STATE (6-1) 6-foot-9 forward Chris Singleton is five for six on three-point shots in last two games. (NR)Dropped out: Illinois (20), Minnesota (21), Maryland (22), Notre Dame (23), Oklahoma (24).syan@tribune.com

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