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Shannon Ryan's men's college basketball rankings

Kansas, Texas and Kentucky hold the top spots.

January 05, 2010|By Shannon Ryan


Records through Monday; previous rankings by Shannon Ryan in parentheses.

1. Kansas (13-0). The Jayhawks shouldn't overlook Cornell, which shoots 47.7%, before facing Tennessee on Sunday. (1)

2. Texas (13-0). A six-point victory against Texas A.&.M-Corpus Christi was one of the few times the Longhorns looked sluggish this season. (2)

3. Kentucky (15-0). DeMarcus Cousins has eight double-doubles in 15 games. (3)

4. Purdue (13-0). JaJuan Johnson had 25 points with 10 rebounds in a huge victory against West Virginia. (5)

5. Duke (12-1). No signs of trouble in Duke's ACC opener against Clemson. (7)

6. Villanova (12-1). Scottie Reynolds has proven clutch at end of games, helping the Wildcats beat Marquette in a tight road game. (8)

7. Syracuse (13-1). The Orange shot only one for 13 on three-pointers in a loss to Pittsburgh. (4)

8. West Virginia (11-1). The Mountaineers' defense broke down in the loss to Purdue, which shot 50%. (6)

9. North Carolina (11-4). Senior Deon Thompson has become reliable with nearly 16 points per game. (10)

10. Michigan State (11-3). Tom Izzo got the Spartans' attention; they beat Northwestern by 21 points. (11)

11. Kansas State (13-1). The Wildcats shoot 47.7% from the field, including nearly 37% on threes. (12)

12. Georgetown (11-1). The Hoyas face Marquette, which has been close to knocking off some solid teams. (13)

13. Connecticut (10-3). Ater Majok has scored only eight points since making his debut five games ago. (9)

14. Tennessee (10-2). The future looks grim for the Volunteers, down to six scholarship players after suspensions. (16)

15. New Mexico (14-1). The Lobos rebounded from a loss to Oral Roberts with victories against Texas Tech and Dayton. (22)

16. Mississippi (11-2). Chris Warren and Terrico White combine to average 34.1 points per game. (20)

17. USC (10-4). Good news: Eight straight wins. Bad news: Self-imposed sanctions. (21)

18. Florida State (13-2). Solomon Alabi has 41 blocks this season. (23)

19. Gonzaga (11-3). The Zags play four straight on the road. (24)

20. Clemson (12-3). The Tigers were held to just 12 first-half points in a loss to Duke. (17)

21. Wisconsin (12-2). Back-to-back games against Michigan State and Purdue loom this week. (NR)

22. Texas A&M (10-3). Donald Sloan has scored in double digits in every game but two this season. (18)

23. Washington (10-3). Washington didn't get off to a good start in defending its Pac-10 title with a loss to Oregon. (15)

24. Pittsburgh (13-2). Pitt has won seven straight regular-season games against Syracuse. (NR)

25. Cincinnati (10-4). The Bearcats start off Big East at 2-0 before Monday loss to Pittsburgh. (NR)

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