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NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 5

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2016

NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 5

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    Duke picked up another win over a top five team this week, beating Ohio State, and with it the Blue Devils garnered a few more No. 1 votes in the Top 25 Straw Poll. However, the Blue Devils remain the No. 2 team in the country with Indiana remaining No. 1.

    Read on to see the complete Top 25.

    Voters: Jesse Kramer, Jordan Schwartz, Thad Novak, Dave Mayer, Matt Overing, Rollin Yeatts, Robert Pace, Josh Schoch, Ryan Satsky, Scott Henry, Hayden DeitrickJon Hancock.

Others Receiving Votes

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    Baylor, 28 points

    Connecticut, 28 points

    UCLA, 25 points

    Virginia Tech, 22 points

    Colorado, 18 points

    Kansas State, 13 points

    Pittsburgh, 12 points

    Oregon, 12 points

    Wyoming, 12 points

    Wichita State, 12 points

    Maryland, 11 points

    Memphis, 5 points

    Miami (FL), 1 point

25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Points: 46

    Record: 7-1

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    In its Big East/SEC Challenge game, Notre Dame defeated Kentucky with ease. The Fighting Irish led the Wildcats by as many as 20 points in the second half.

    This week, Notre Dame's only game is a cupcake against Brown at home.

T-23. Kentucky Wildcats

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    Points: 61

    Record: 4-3

    Last Week's Rank: 8

    Despite losing twice last week, Kentucky remains in the Top 25. Both losses were to unranked teams (Notre Dame and Baylor).

    The Wildcats should be able to rebound easily against Samford on Tuesday night.

T-23. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Points: 61

    Record: 5-1

    Last Week's Rank: 20

    Oklahoma State lost for the first time last week, falling to Virginia Tech on the road on Saturday. Marcus Smart was the Cowboys' star once again with 18 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    On Wednesday night, Oklahoma State opens up a six-game home-stand against South Florida.

22. North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Points: 62

    Record: 6-2

    Last Week's Rank: 16

    North Carolina's blowout loss at Indiana made some think that the Tar Heels were headed out of the Top 25, but they kept their spot with a win over UAB on Saturday.

    This week, the Tar Heels only game is at home against East Tennessee State.

21. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Points: 70

    Record: 8-0

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Illinois cracked the Top 25 this week after beating Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

    The Fighting Illini face Western Carolina on Tuesday before playing their first ranked opponent of the season at Gonzaga.

20. New Mexico Lobos

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    Points: 71

    Record: 8-0

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    New Mexico survived at Indiana State in overtime on Saturday to remain unbeaten. In the win, leading scorer Kendall Williams tore up the Sycamores for 24 points.

    The Lobos start a three-game home-stand against USC on Wednesday.

19. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Points: 80

    Record: 8-1

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Minnesota finished in fifth place at the Battle 4 Atlantis and then followed that performance with wins over Florida State and North Florida last week.

    Entering a match-up with South Dakota State, a tough mid-major, on Tuesday, the Golden Gophers have won four games in a row.

18. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Points: 85

    Record: 4-2

    Last Week's Rank: 11

    In its only game of the week, North Carolina State lost at No. 3 Michigan. After a strong 3-0 start to the season, the Wolfpack has looked far from a top 10 team over its last three games.

    This week, Mark Gottfried's club will play Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic and then host Cleveland State on Saturday.

17. UNLV Rebels

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    Points: 87

    Record: 5-1

    Last Week's Rank: 19

    UNLV has won three straight games since losing at home to Oregon. Freshman Anthony Bennett has been a dominant force over the last four games, averaging 19.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and two blocks.

    The Rebels will play their first road games of the year at Portland and California this coming week.

16. Georgetown Hoyas

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    Points: 91

    Record: 5-1

    Last Week's Rank: 22

    Georgetown defeated Tennessee in its only game this week, but it was not pretty. The Hoyas shot 16-of-44 from the field (36.4 percent), 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-9 from the foul line. They did not score over the final four minutes of the game, shooting 0-for-3 from the field with three turnovers.

    The Hoyas will get another chance for a solid win when they play Texas in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

15. Michigan State Spartans

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    Points: 94

    Record: 6-2

    Last Week's Rank: 14

    Michigan State fell short in its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Miami (FL), but the Spartans rebounded with a 84-39 win over Nicholls State over the weekend.

    The Spartans have been getting most of their production from their back-court trio of Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Branden Dawson, who average a combined 38.8 points per game.

14. Creighton Bluejays

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    Points: 95

    Record: 7-1

    Last Week's Rank: 10

    Creighton was upset by Boise State last week, but the Bluejays responded over the weekend with a blowout win over St. Joseph's.

    The Bluejays will play two more tough games this week against Nebraska and Akron.

13. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Points: 98

    Record: 5-1

    Last Week's Rank: T-23

    San Diego State defeated UCLA on Saturday for its fifth consecutive win. Jamaal Franklin, who won the Mountain West Player of the Year award last season, led all scorers with 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting.

    The Aztecs return home for their next four games, starting with Texas Southern and UC Santa Barbara this week.

12. Missouri Tigers

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    Points: 127

    Record: 6-1

    Last Week's Rank: 18

    Missouri defeated Appalachian State in its first game with Michael Dixon no longer on the team. Without Dixon, we will see over the next few games how the Tigers reshape their rotation.

    The Tigers next three games against Southeast Missouri, Tennessee State and South Carolina State should all be easy wins.

11. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Points: 174

    Record: 7-0

    Last Week's Rank: 17

    Cincinnati continued its perfect start to the season with a 58-56 win against Alabama over the weekend. Junior Sean Kilpatrick, who leads the team in scoring with 19.9 points per game, hit a buzzer-beater to give the Bearcats the victory.

    The Bearcats will host a pair of mid-majors this week, Arkansas-Little Rock and Maryland-Eastern Shore.

10. Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Points: 177

    Record: 8-0

    Last Week's Rank: 15

    Gonzaga remains unbeaten after wins over Lewis Clark State and Pacific last week.

    The Bulldogs have five players averaging more than 10 points per game and four players with at least 2.6 assists per game.

9. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Points: 182

    Record: 6-1

    Last Week's Rank: 12

    Kansas survived a scare from Oregon State on Friday, winning 84-78.

    On Saturday, the Jayhawks will get their first test at home against the Colorado Buffaloes. 

8. Arizona Wildcats

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    Points: 215

    Record: 5-0

    Last Week's Rank: 9

    Arizona easily won its games against Northern Arizona and Texas Tech last week. Since a season-opening scare against Charleston Southern, the Wildcats have won each of their last four games by at least 21 points.

    Forward Brandon Ashley has continued to be one of the more impressive freshmen this season with 11 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

7. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Points: 229

    Record: 5-1

    Last Week's Rank: 4

    Ohio State missed out on a chance for its first signature win of the season, losing at Duke last week. The Buckeyes rebounded with a win over Northern Kentucky and will host Long Beach State this weekend.

    Forward Deshaun Thomas has continued to step up this season, averaging 21 points through the first six games.

T-5. Florida Gators

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    Points: 246

    Record: 6-0

    Last Week's Rank: 7

    Florida's defense has been stifling this season. Only once has an opponent scored more than 56 points on the Gators, and overall opponents are averaging only 48.5 points per game.

    The Gators will be tested in their next two games, playing at Florida State and at Arizona.

T-5. Louisville Cardinals

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    Points: 246

    Record: 6-1

    Last Week's Rank: T-5

    In its first game without the injured Gorgui Dieng, Louisville nearly lost at home to Illinois State, one of the better mid-majors in the nation this year. The Cardinals escaped with a 69-66 win and will play at the College of Charleston, which upset Baylor a few games ago, on Tuesday night.

4. Syracuse Orange

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    Points: 251

    Record: 5-0

    Last Week's Rank: T-5

    Syracuse defeated Arkansas in the Big East/SEC Challenge to improve to 5-0 on the season.

    Sophomore Michael Carter-Williams has continued his dominance against the Razorbacks, posting 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. On the year, he is averaging 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 3.8 steals.

3. Michigan Wolverines

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    Points: 271

    Record: 7-0

    Last Week's Rank: 3

    Michigan survived a pair of scares last week from North Carolina State and Bradley.

    Against the Braves, freshman Nik Stauskas set a new career-high with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Stauskas is currently No. 1 in scoring among Big Ten freshmen with 14.3 points per game.

    On Tuesday, the Wolverines will host Western Michigan, which is 6-1 this year.

2. Duke Blue Devils

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    Points: 293

    Record: 8-0

    Last Week's Rank: 2

    Duke remained the No. 2 team in the country despite picking up another win over a top five team. The Blue Devils are now 3-0 against top five teams, but they will not play another ranked opponent until January.

    Meanwhile, Mason Plumlee has emerged as a National Player of the Year candidate, averaging 19.6 points and 11 rebounds. He has five double-doubles already this season.

1. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Points: 295

    Record: 8-0

    Last Week's Rank: 1

    Indiana kept its spot as the No. 1 team in the nation despite Duke's three wins over top five teams.

    The Hoosiers have beaten everyone they faced by at least 10 points, and that trend will likely continue on Saturday when they host Central Connecticut State.

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