Shallue’s Men’s Basketball Top 25

BY: REED SHALLUE

 

1. Michigan State- After beating out the top team in the country, Kentucky, the Spartans should be taking over as the new number one.

2. Louisville- The Cardinals blew out their opponents this past week and Kevin Ware made his season debut after breaking his leg in last year’s March Madness Tournament.

3. Kansas- Number one overall player Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the Jayhawks took down the Duke Blue Devils proving themselves to be one of the nation’s best teams.

4. Arizona- San Diego St. gave the Wildcats a scare this past week but they held off the upset to stay undefeated and move up in the rankings.

5. Michigan- Even though some key players left for the NBA last season, the Wolverines look just as strong and took care of last week’s battles with no issues.

6. Kentucky- As the new recruiting class tries to fuse together and not look as sloppy as they did against Michigan St., they are striving to improve and put their loss behind them.

7. Oklahoma State- The Cowboys took care of business early as they destroyed their competition this past week.

8. Duke- Losing is never easy for the Blue Devils but they are learning from their mistakes as Jabari Parker leads the team into next week’s matchups with their heads held high.

9. Syracuse- As they slide past their opening games, The Orange have a few areas where they can improve.

10. Ohio State- Despite only scoring 19 points in the first half, the Buckeyes pulled away against Marquette and notched  their first top 25 victory of the season

11. North Carolina- Roy Williams and the Tar Heels enter the season with a fresh starting five and are looking to make some noise in the ACC this season.

12. Memphis- First game against Austin Peay was no challenge, as the Tigers cruised to their first victory of the season, 95-69.

13. Virginia Commonwealth- Already with a Top 25 victory over Virginia, Shaka Smart and the Rams look impressive early on in the year.

14. Gonzaga- Took care of business early against Bryant and Colorado State, and remain undefeated so far this season.

15. Wichita State- Made some noise last season in the Tournament and is looking to return, as they already own a 4-0 record.

16. Florida- With a loss against Wisconsin, the Gators returned to the court and worked hard to move to 2-1 against AR-Little Rock.

17. Oregon- The Ducks defeated Georgetown in the Armed Forces Classic in South Korea and strive to repeat as Pac-12 champions for back to back seasons.

18. Wisconsin- The Badgers took down the Gators in an early Top 25 matchup but were almost upset by a talented UW-Green Bay team.

19. Connecticut- Almost upset on the road against Maryland and barely survived. They then continued to win their next three games by at least 15 under second year coach Kevin Ollie.

20. Marquette- Unable to score more than 19 points against Ohio State in the first half, the Golden Eagles ended up scoring even less in the second half, 16 points. An overall tough shooting day after scoring 114 points against Grambling State earlier in the week.

21. New Mexico- Hoping to return back to the Tournament, the Lobos started off their season strong with a couple easy wins.

22. Baylor- Challenged by South Carolina and almost upset by the Gamecocks, the Bears still remain undefeated.

23. UCLA- The Bruins will be a tough team to beat this year, as they look to shock the Pac-12 this season.

24. Creighton- With Virginia losing to VCU, the Bluejays make it into the Top 25 with a 4-0 record to start the season.

25. Notre Dame- Tough loss against Indiana State the Fighting Irish will barely remain in the Top 25, as their record moves to 2-1 for the year.

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