Here’s the Associated Press top 25 ballot of Kevin Dunleavy (Washington Examiner).
1. Duke (21-2)
Clearly the best resume. Only other two-loss teams in country are Gonzaga and Stephen F. Austin.
2. Miami (19-3)
Clearly the hottest. Last team to beat Duke, UNC by at least 20 in same season was Maryland 1974-75.
3. Indiana (21-3)
Oladipo did great work at Ohio State, but comparing him to Michael Jordan – as Vitale did earlier in week – is silly.
4. Michigan (21-3)
In deep Big Ten, the hits just keep on coming — at Michigan St. on Tuesday.
5. Syracuse (20-3)
In last three, Baltimore-product Fair doing a fair impersonation of ‘Melo – 55 points, 22 boards, 21-for-36 from floor.
6. Florida (19-3)
Gators host surging Kentucky on Tuesday.
7. Michigan St. (20-4)
Best team in the Big Ten? Next six games include Michigan (two), Indiana, OSU, and Wisconsin.
8. Arizona (20-3)
Valentine’s Day grind at Colorado. Buffaloes handed ranked Oregon its first home loss last week, 48-47.
9. Butler (20-4)
In two years, Bulldogs are 3-0 in Washington, D.C., winning by a combined six points.
10. Gonzaga (23-2)
Valentine’s Day date at St. Mary’s (21-4) – toughest game left in cupcake-filled WCC.
11. Kansas State (19-4)
Kansas implosion has left Wildcats in first place in Big 12.
12. New Mexico (20-4)
Only losses in Mountain West were the predictable ones – at San Diego State and at UNLV.
13. Georgetown (17-4)
Longest winning streak this year in Big East is six (Syracuse). Hoyas can match tonight vs. Marquette.
14. Ohio State (17-6)
Teams ranked in the AP top 10 went 11-8 last week. Buckeyes (0-2) did their part.
15. Louisville (19-5)
Still No. 3 on Kenpom.com, but not looking like a No. 1 seed of late, maybe not even a No. 2 or No. 3.
16. Marquette (17-5)
Last five wins over teams that have a combined eight Big East wins. Schedule tougher this week with Georgetown, Pitt.
17. Colorado State (19-4)
Living up to lofty RPI (15) with four straight wins in perhaps most balanced league in country.
18. Kentucky (17-6)
After five straight wins, we’ll find out how far Wildcats have come Tuesday at Florida.
19. Pittsburgh (20-5)
Depends who you believe about Panthers — No. 30 in RPI and No. 5 on Kempom.com.
20. Wisconsin (17-7)
While defense-first Wisconsin, Michigan St. rise in Big Ten, offense-first Michigan, Indiana showing cracks.
21. Kansas (19-4)
Scheduling Topeka YMCA might be a good idea – right now.
22. Notre Dame (19-5)
No wonder Brey was smiling: Irish looked like Topeka CYO in OT against Louisville, but still won.
23. Okla. State (17-5)
In last four games (all wins), Smart has averaged 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4.5 steals.
24. UNLV (18-6)
Against New Mexico on Saturday, both teams tried 22 3-pointers – UNLV hit nine, NM four.
25. VCU (19-5)
Six of last seven against teams with winning records in A-10, other game against rival Richmond.
San Diego State (18-5)