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1. Syracuse (60)
The Orange did their business last week. At this rate, they look to have a decent chance of making it through January undefeated. With five of their last seven games against UConn, Louisville, and Georgetown though, they are likely to trip up in sight of the finish line.
2. Kentucky (5)
The Wildcats continued to play really well. Looking at their remaining schedule, I have a tough time picking out which game they’ll lose. It’s going to happen, but they are considerably better than everyone they play for the rest of the season.
3. North Carolina
Watching the Tar Heels toy with BC was, if nothing else, instructive. Even though BC got within nine points well into the second half, there was never a chance that they were going to win. The Tar Heels just needed to turn it on for a few minutes to reassert just how talented they are.
The Bears beat a pair of Texas schools with ease last week. They are still undefeated, which should ease the pain of RG3 going pro.
5. Ohio State
This recap isn’t supposed to know Ohio State lost to Illinois… so check back next week.
6. Michigan State
Duke lost to Temple last week, a reminder to everyone that they are a flawed squad. Sure they have a number of good players, but there isn’t a lot of elite NBA talent. Austin Rivers will go pro, but he doesn’t fit Coach K’s system.
15. Murray State
Hey, remember last week when I said that Louisville’s slide was the result of a rough patch on the schedule? Looks like I was wrong. They might just be in the middle of the pack in the Big East.
18. Kansas State
20. Mississippi State
The Huskies lost to No. 24 Seton Hall and Rutgers last week. Let’s not forgot that they finished ninth in the Big East last year and then lost their best player. It is totally reasonable to expect that they would have some losses to middle-of-the-pack conference foes. The fact that Seton Hall is now ranked makes it even less surprising.
22. San Diego State
24. Seton Hall
Oh hey Creighton. It’s always nice to see you around these parts. The MVC has been down for a few years now. Remember when people were calling it a Top 5 conference? It’s a shame you couldn’t keep that up.