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Basketball AP Top 25 (Week 9): Baylor Enters Into Top 5

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1. Syracuse (60)
Last week was business as usual for the Orange. They opened the conference slate with walk throughs against Seton Hall and DePaul. Things will get a little tougher this week, with games against PC and No. 20 Marquette. No one gets through the Big East unscathed, so Syracuse’s first loss should come pretty soon.

2. Kentucky (5)
The Wildcats starts SEC play this week. They also had a big win over Louisville. I know conference play is different and that the SEC is really good this year, but I still can’t imagine UK losing more than two games the rest of the way. They have so much talent.

3. North Carolina
The Tar Heels host our Boston College Eagles this week. If BC stays within 30, consider it a success. They are just too inexperienced to do anything worthwhile.

4. Baylor
This is the Golden Age of Baylor Athletics. There’s no way around it. Enjoy yourselves Waco.

5. Duke
Duke plays Temple tonight, and I’ve been trying to come up with a joke about a Duke going into a temple. Sorry guys, I’ve got nothing. Also, Duke destroyed Penn and Western Michigan last week. As they should.

6. Ohio State
7. Missouri
8. Connecticut
9. Georgetown
10. Michigan State
Hey! Everybody! Missouri’s undefeated! Along with Baylor, they look to be the class of the Big 12 this season. Assuming they keep this up and have a little luck when they play Baylor, a No. 1 seed has to be in play.

11. Louisville
12. Indiana
13. Florida
14. Kansas
15. Mississippi State
This was a rough week for Louisville, but don’t forget about them. They’re still really good. How many teams could even split a week with games against No. 2 Kentucky and No. 9 Georgetown?

16. Michigan
17. UNLV
18. Wisconsin
19. Murray State
20. Marquette
Murray State Watch: still undefeated. Check back next week for more.

21. Virginia
22. Harvard
23. Kansas State
24. San Diego State
25. Gonzaga
Is Gonzaga still America’s Team? They’ve barely made any national waves in the last few years, but they’ve still hung around the Top 25. They’re not an underdog, but they’ve not been dominant. They never live up to their ranking but the consensus is usually that they still deserve to be ranked. Does anyone else care?

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