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Shannon Ryan's men's college basketball rankings

Kansas remains on top. Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Nevada-Las Vegas, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt enter the top 25.

December 08, 2009|By Shannon Ryan

Records through Monday; previous rankings by Shannon Ryan in parentheses 1.KANSAS (7-0)Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich are the stars, but you've got to appreciate what Xavier Henry, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris are contributing. (1) 2.TEXAS (7-0)The Longhorns have held every opponent below 40% shooting. (2) 3.VILLANOVA (8-0)Those 'Nova guards sure can shoot from outside -- they made 16 threes to beat Maryland. (3) 4.KENTUCKY (8-0)Don't underestimate quiet leader Patrick Patterson, who has scored at least 17 points in every game but two. (4) 5.PURDUE (7-0)The Boilermakers finally found their shot, connecting on 52.2% against Buffalo. (5) 6.SYRACUSE (8-0)The Orange needs to avoid getting chomped by undefeated Florida. (7) 7.WEST VIRGINIA (5-0)Coach Bob Huggins keeps downplaying it, but the Mountaineers look pretty special. (9) 8.DUKE (7-1)Blue Devils bounced back from loss at Wisconsin to record their 73rd straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (6) 9.TENNESSEE (6-1)Scotty Hopson is making threes at an astounding rate -- 54.3%. (13)10.FLORIDA (8-0)The Gators are 8-0 for just the third time in school history. (18)11.GEORGETOWN (6-0)The Hoyas' schedule turns serious now with games against Butler and Washington this week. (12)12.NORTH CAROLINA (7-2)Kentucky's runs were too much for the Tar Heels. (11)13.OHIO STATE (7-1)The Buckeyes have scored more than 100 points three times this season. (14)14.MICHIGAN STATE (7-2)Coach Tom Izzo has questioned his team's heart after recent lackluster play. (8)15.CONNECTICUT (6-1)Jerome Dyson and Kemba Walker combine for 10.7 assists per game. (15)16.WASHINGTON (6-1)How's this for a busy week? Georgetown, Portland and Texas A&M. (10).17.TEXAS A&M (8-1)Impressive wins against Clemson, Minnesota and Arkansas make the Aggies look like contenders. (24)18.CINCINNATI (5-1)The Bearcats eventually will win back their fans and fill up the arena if they keep playing like this. (20)19.BUTLER (6-2)The Bulldogs missed only five second-half shots against Valparaiso. (19)20.WISCONSIN (6-1)Beating Duke has a way of turning heads, and now everyone is looking at Madison. (NR)21.GONZAGA (6-2)The Zag's Bulldogs' 24-game winning streak against unranked opponents was snapped after losing to Wake Forest. (16) 22.TEXAS TECH (8-0)The Red Raiders built this record for the first time since 1929-30. (NR)23.UNLV (7-0)Victories against Arizona and Louisville have Lon Kruger's team looking strong. (NR) 24.GEORGIA TECH (6-1)The Yellow Jackets have won five straight after an early loss to Dayton. (NR)25.VANDERBILT (6-1)Facing the comeback Illini at Assembly Hall today will prove how seriously we should take the Commodores. (NR)sryan@tribune.com

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