NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 10

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2013

NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 10

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    Duke and Michigan kept their spots as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation, respectively, by each getting resounding wins to begin conference play.

    Meanwhile, Ohio State fell out of the top 10 after losing at Illinois, and Big Ten foe Minnesota took the Buckeyes' place.

    Read on to see the complete Top 25.

    Voters: Jesse Kramer, Ryan Statsky, Robert Pace, Joe Tansey, Jordan Schwartz, Thad Novak, Josh Schoch, Gene Siudut, Dan Vasta, Hayden Deitrick, Scott Polacek

Others Receiving Votes

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    UCLA, 26 points

    Kentucky, 20 points

    Oklahoma State, 18 points

    Maryland, 12 points

    VCU, 11 points

    North Carolina, 10 points

    Baylor, 10 points

    Memphis, 6 points

    Colorado, 2 points

    Marquette, 2 points

    Wichita State, 1 point

    Saint Louis, 1 point

    Pittsburgh, 1 point

25. New Mexico Lobos

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    Points: 27

    Record: 13-2

    Last Week's Rank: 24

    Notable Wins: UConn (Neutral), Cincinnati (Road)

    Following an impressive win at then-undefeated Cincinnati, New Mexico was dominated by Saint Louis on New Year's Eve. The Lobos scored only 13 points in the first half and finished the game with 31.8 percent shooting from the field and 21 turnovers.

    The Lobos will have a chance to make up for the loss in their Mountain West opener against UNLV.

24. UNLV Rebels

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    Points: 28

    Record: 13-2

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Notable Wins: Iowa State (Home)

    UNLV enters the Top 25 this week after picking up a pair of easy wins over Chicago State and Cal State Bakersfield.

    The Rebels will play their first game against a Top 25 opponent when they face New Mexico at The Pit in their Mountain West opener.

23. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Points: 35

    Record: 12-2, 1-0 Big 12

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Notable Wins: Florida (Neutral), Oklahoma State (Home)

    Kansas State cracked the Top 25 this week after defeating Oklahoma State in its Big 12 opener on Saturday. Rodney McGruder scored 26 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats to victory.

    On Wednesday, Kansas State will play at Texas Christian in just its second true road game of the season.

22. Wyoming Cowboys

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    Points: 41

    Record: 13-0

    Last Week's Rank: 25

    Notable Wins: Colorado (Home)

    Wyoming is the lowest-ranked of the four unbeaten teams remaining in college basketball. In their first game without senior guard Luke Martinez, who is out with a broken finger, the Cowboys defeated Southern Methodist.

    On Wednesday, the Cowboys will host Boise State in their first Mountain West game.

21. Georgetown Hoyas

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    Points: 62

    Record: 10-2, 0-1 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 14

    Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral)

    Georgetown fell at Marquette, 49-48, in its Big East opener. The Hoyas had an opportunity to force overtime, but Greg Whittington missed a free throw with 2.3 seconds remaining.

    On Tuesday, Georgetown will play its first Big East home game against Pittsburgh.

20. Michigan State Spartans

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    Points: 79

    Record: 12-3, 1-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: T-17

    Notable Wins: Kansas (Neutral)

    Michigan State used a 27-7 second-half run to defeat Purdue on Saturday for its first Big Ten win. Five Spartans scored in double figures, as freshman Gary Harris led the way with 22 points.

    The Spartans will return to the road on Thursday when they face the Iowa Hawkeyes.

19. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Points: 87

    Record: 13-2, 1-1 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 13

    Notable Wins: Iowa State (Neutral), Oregon (Neutral), Pitt (Road)

    Following a strong win at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati was upset at home by St. John's, 53-52, for its most disappointing loss of the season. This year, both of the Bearcats' losses have been at home by a single point.

    On Monday, the Bearcats will get a shot at their second top-25 win of the year when they face Notre Dame.

18. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Points: 91

    Record: 12-2, 1-0 ACC

    Last Week's Rank: 20

    Notable Wins: UConn (Neutral), Stanford (Home)

    North Carolina State survived Boston College's upset bid in its ACC opener, winning 78-73.

    This week, the Wolfpack will host Georgia Tech and No. 1 Duke.

17. Butler Bulldogs

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    Points: 99

    Record: 12-2

    Last Week's Rank: 21

    Notable Wins: Marquette (Neutral), UNC (Neutral), Northwestern (Road), Indiana (Neutral)

    In a low-scoring battle, Butler defeated New Orleans on Saturday, 57-44. The Bulldogs received 15 points off the bench from freshman Kellen Dunham.

    This week, Butler will begin Atlantic 10 competition with games at St. Joseph's and Dayton.

16. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Points: 101

    Record: 12-2

    Last Week's Rank: 16

    Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral)

    San Diego State responded to a one-point loss to Arizona in the Diamond Head Classic championship game by beating Cal State Bakersfield. 

    The Aztecs will begin Mountain West competition at Fresno State on Wednesday.

15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Points: 104

    Record: 13-1, 1-0 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 19

    Notable Wins: Kentucky (Home)

    Notre Dame easily defeated Seton Hall in its Big East opener, 93-74. Jack Cooley and Scott Martin combined for 41 points and 18 rebounds, while Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant combined for 30 points and 18 assists.

    The Fighting Irish will play their first true road game of the season at Cincinnati on Monday.

14. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Points: 108

    Record: 11-3, 1-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 8

    Notable Wins: Washington (Neutral)

    Ohio State easily defeated Nebraska in its Big Ten opener, but the Buckeyes came out flat on Saturday and lost at Illinois. In the loss, they shot only 33.3 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers.

    After playing at Purdue early this week, Ohio State will host No. 2 Michigan on Sunday.

13. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Points: 127

    Record: 14-2, 1-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 15

    Notable Wins: Butler (Neutral), Gonzaga (Road), Ohio State (Home)

    After struggling in its last two games against Auburn and Purdue, Illinois responded with a blowout win over No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday. Brandon Paul led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds.

    On Wednesday, the Fighting Illini will host Minnesota, another top-10 team.

12. Creighton Bluejays

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    Points: 133

    Record: 14-1, 3-0 MVC

    Last Week's Rank: T-17

    Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Neutral), Arizona State (Neutral), Cal (Road)

    Creighton pulled away from Indiana State late in the second half on Saturday to improve to 3-0 in the Missouri Valley. 

    On Tuesday, the Bluejays will host Drake, which is still looking for its first MVC win.

11. Missouri Tigers

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    Points: 155

    Record: 11-2

    Last Week's Rank: 11

    Notable Wins: Stanford (Neutral), VCU (Neutral), Illinois (Neutral)

    Following a tough loss at UCLA to end December, Missouri nearly fell at home to Bucknell on Saturday. After struggling down the stretch against the Bruins, Phil Pressey was a hero in this one with 10 points and one assist in the final six minutes.

    On Tuesday, the Tigers will play their first-ever SEC game at home against Alabama.

10. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Points: 168

    Record: 14-1, 2-0 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 12

    Notable Wins: Memphis (Neutral), Michigan State (Home)

    Minnesota posted 52 points in the second half against Northwestern—after scoring only 17 in the first half—to defeat the Wildcats, 69-51. During a three-minute stretch in the second period, Austin Hollins scored 15 straight points for the Golden Gophers on five consecutive three-pointers.

    This week, the Golden Gophers will go on the road for the first time in conference play, facing Illinois and Indiana.

9. Florida Gators

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    Points: 171

    Record: 10-2

    Last Week's Rank: 10

    Notable Wins: Wisconsin (Home), Marquette (Home)

    Florida defeated Yale in its final nonconference game, 79-58. Senior guard Kenny Boynton had his best game of the season with 28 points, making 9-of-12 shots from the field and 8-of-10 from beyond the arc.

    The Gators' first SEC game is on Wednesday against Georgia.

8. Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Points: 180

    Record: 15-1, 2-0 WCC

    Last Week's Rank: 9

    Notable Wins: Oklahoma (Neutral), Kansas State (Neutral), Baylor (Home), Oklahoma State (Road)

    Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine and Santa Clara on the road last week to begin WCC competition. In the win over the Broncos, Kelly Olynyk scored 33 points and 10 rebounds.

    This week, the Zags return home to face St. Mary's.

7. Syracuse Orange

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    Points: 206

    Record: 14-1, 2-0 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 7

    Notable Wins: San Diego State (Neutral)

    Syracuse got off to a good start in Big East play, defeating Rutgers at home and South Florida on the road. In the two games last week, Brandon Triche averaged 22.5 points, five assists and three steals.

    The Orange will play another pair of lower-level Big East teams, Providence and Villanova, this week.

6. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Points: 224

    Record: 12-1

    Last Week's Rank: 5

    Notable Wins: Colorado (Home), Ohio State (Road)

    Kansas defeated Temple at home on Sunday to finish its nonconference schedule with a 12-1 record. Jeff Withey flirted with a triple-double, posting eight points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks.

    The Jayhawks will begin Big 12 play on Wednesday against Iowa State.

5. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Points: 227

    Record: 13-1, 1-0 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 6

    Notable Wins: Georgetown (Neutral), UNC (Home)

    Indiana survived a tough game at Iowa on New Year's Eve in its Big Ten opener, winning 69-65. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo each had a double-double in the victory.

    On Monday, the Hoosiers will play another road game against Penn State before coming home to face Minnesota on Saturday.

4. Arizona Wildcats

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    Points: 241

    Record: 14-0, 2-0 Pac-12

    Last Week's Rank: T-3

    Notable Wins: Florida (Home), San Diego State (Neutral), Colorado (Home)

    Arizona defeated Colorado and Utah in its first Pac-12 games of the season, but neither of them was easy. The Wildcats needed overtime to defeat the Buffaloes and a defensive stand on the final possession to get the win over the Utes.

    This week, Arizona will play at Oregon and Oregon State.

3. Louisville Cardinals

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    Points: 243

    Record: 13-1, 1-0 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: T-3

    Notable Wins: Missouri (Neutral), Memphis (Road), Kentucky (Home)

    Louisville easily defeated Providence on Wednesday in its Big East opener, 80-62. Russ Smith continued to make his case for Big East Player of the Year with 23 points and three assists.

    This week, the Cardinals will face Seton Hall and South Florida.

2. Michigan Wolverines

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    Points: 263

    Record: 15-0, 2-0 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 2

    Notable Wins: Kansas State (Neutral), NC State (Neutral)

    Michigan has shown complete dominance in Big Ten games against Northwestern and Iowa, winning each game by 28 points.

    That dominance will likely continue against Nebraska on Wednesday, but the Wolverines will then be tested with three of their following four games coming on the road versus top-25 teams.

1. Duke Blue Devils

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    Points: 275

    Record: 14-0, 1-0 ACC

    Last Week's Rank: 1

    Notable Wins: Kentucky (Neutral), Minnesota (Neutral), VCU (Neutral), Louisville (Neutral), Ohio State (Home)

    Duke blew past Wake Forest, 80-62, in its ACC opener on Saturday. The Blue Devils utilized the three-point shot in the win, making 11-of-24.

    Duke should be able to get another win at home against Clemson before playing at NC State in its first true road game of the season.