College Basketball: Weekly Top 25 Commentary

    
December 29th, 2008

The Story: The top six teams in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ and AP Top 25 polls remain the same from last week. The same cannot be said for last week’s No. 7 team, Gonzaga. The Bulldogs lost to Portland State this past week giving them three losses on the season (8-3), and dropping them to No. 16 in this week’s Top 25 AP Poll. Gonzaga’s loss enabled Notre Dame, Texas, Purdue, and Michigan State to climb up one spot each and round the AP’s Top 10. Another team to stumble this week was Xavier after their loss against Butler. Xavier fell 8 spots in the AP poll and 10 spots in the Coaches’ poll to land them at No. 22 in both. Missouri is replaced at No. 25 in the AP Poll by Butler. Michigan, ranked in last week’s AP poll, is ranked in the Coaches’ poll this week (No. 24) for the first time since February 6, 2006.   

 

AP Top 25


1. North Carolina (72) 12-0 1,800
2. Connecticut 11-0 1,719
3. Pittsburgh 12-0 1,641
4. Oklahoma 12-0 1,600
5. Duke 10-1 1,511
6. Wake Forest 11-0 1,351
7. Notre Dame 9-2 1,231
8. Texas 10-2 1,193
9. Purdue 11-2 1,160
10. Michigan State 9-2 1,058
11. Georgetown 9-1 1,015
12. UCLA 10-2 991
13. Syracuse 12-1 863
14. Tennessee 8-2 854
15. Villanova 11-1 691
16. Gonzaga 8-3 608
17. Arizona State 10-1 602
18. Louisville 8-2 588
19. Baylor 10-1 580
20. Clemson 12-0 563
21. Minnesota 12-0 351
22. Xavier 9-2 327
23. Michigan 9-2 237
24. Ohio State 9-1 219
25. Butler 10-1 166


Others Receiving Votes
West Virginia 100, Marquette 79, Illinois 64, Davidson 50, Memphis 43, Saint Mary's 30, Texas A&M 21, Stanford 17, Brigham Young 13, Florida 12, Maryland 12, Dayton 11, Florida State 10, Arizona 7, Miami (FL) 6, Illinois State 2, Creighton 2, George Mason 1, Missouri 1.

ESPN/USA Today Poll


1. North Carolina (31) 12-0 775
2. Connecticut 11-0 737
3. Pittsburgh 12-0 715
4. Oklahoma 12-0 683
5. Duke 10-1 651
6. Wake Forest 11-0 598
7. Texas 10-2 531
8. Georgetown 9-1 510
9. UCLA 10-2 496
10. Notre Dame 9-2 453
11. Purdue 11-2 398
11. Syracuse 12-1 398
13. Villanova 11-1 351
14. Arizona State 10-1 346
15. Michigan State 9-2 308
16. Clemson 12-0 293
17. Gonzaga 8-3 285
18. Louisville 8-2 223
18. Tennessee 8-2 223
20. Baylor 10-1 194
21. Minnesota 12-0 181
22. Xavier 9-2 169
23. Ohio State 9-1 158
24. Michigan 9-2 66
25. Marquette 11-2 55


Others Receiving Votes
Brigham Young 43, West Virginia 41, Butler 37, Memphis 33, Dayton 32, Saint Mary's 26, Davidson 12, Arizona 10, Missouri 9, Illinois 8, Illinois State 6, Stanford 6, Florida 5, LSU 4, Texas A&M 3, Florida State 2, Utah State 1.

 

Ryter’s Block: There is no question about the top 6 teams in the nation, after those 6 squads however there is some debate. Gonzaga’s tough schedule, losing to Connecticut and Arizona this season, may be wearing the players down a little. There are two unbeaten teams, Clemson and Minnesota that should be ranked above Gonzaga in the AP poll. I don’t care about strength of schedule for right now; no one has beaten either team. Tennessee should be ranked above Gonzaga in the Coaches' poll and the fact that Butler is only the third highest team receiving votes in the Coaches Poll is absurd. Butler should be ranked in both polls after beating Xavier last week. Finally there is something I agree with in the Coaches’ poll. I like where Georgetown is in the Coaches’ poll and think they should be one or two spots higher in the AP.

 

As we enter conference play, here are some games to watch this week that should impact next week’s polls.. (rankings are Coaches’ poll)

 

Monday, 12/29:                       No. 8 Georgetown at No. 2 Connecticut

Monday, 12/29:                       Portland State at No. 20 Baylor

 

Tuesday, 12/30:                       No. 4 Oklahoma at Arkansas

Tuesday, 12/30:                       Illinois at No. 11 Purdue

 

Wednesday, 12/31:                 No. 15 Michigan State at No. 21 Minnesota

Wednesday, 12/31:                 Wisconsin at No. 24 Michigan

 

Thursday, 1/1:                         No. 13 Villanova at No. 25 Marquette

 

Friday, 1/2:                              No. 14 Arizona State at Stanford

 

Saturday, 1/3:                          No. 3 Pittsburgh at No. 8 Georgetown

Saturday, 1/3:                          No. 23 Ohio State at No. 21 Minnesota

Saturday, 1/3:                          No. 18 Tennessee at Kansas

Saturday, 1/3:                          No. 6 Wake Forest at BYU

 

Sunday, 1/4:                            Kentucky at No. 19 Louisville