NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 11

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2013

NCAA Basketball Top 25 Straw Poll: Week 11

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    In a crazy week of college basketball, the four remaining unbeaten teams all went down. Wyoming lost to Boise State, Arizona fell at Oregon, Duke was defeated by North Carolina State, and Michigan failed to complete a comeback at Ohio State.

    With both Duke and Michigan losing, there was a question mark at the No. 1 spot, and our voters tabbed the Louisville Cardinals as college basketball's new No. 1 team.

    Read on to see the complete Top 25.

    (Please note that all votes were sent in and compiled prior to the conclusion of Oregon vs. Arizona State.)

    Voters: Jesse Kramer, Matt Overing, Joe Tansey, Jordan Schwartz, Thad Novak, Ryan Satsky, Josh Schoch, Gene Siudut

Others Receiving Votes

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    Kentucky, 14 points

    Baylor, 10 points

    Marquette, 10 points

    UNLV, 9 points

    Memphis, 8 points

    Oregon, 7 points

    North Carolina, 6 points

    Oklahoma State, 3 points

    Colorado, 3 points

    Connecticut, 1 point

25. Georgetown Hoyas

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    Points: 16

    Record: 11-3, 1-2 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 21

    Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral)

    Georgetown easily defeated St. John's at Madison Square Garden for its first Big East win. Otto Porter Jr. had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

    On Wednesday, the Hoyas return home to face Providence, which is coming off a weekend win over Seton Hall.

24. Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Points: 20

    Record: 14-3, 2-2 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 19

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

    Cincinnati won at Rutgers on Saturday to end a two-game losing streak. The Bearcats are 5-0 in games away from home, but all three of their losses have come on their home floor.

    Cincinnati's next game is at DePaul, who has also struggled at home with losses to Gardner-Webb, Loyola-Illinois and Seton Hall.

23. UCLA Bruins

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    Points: 36

    Record: 14-3, 4-0 Pac-12

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Notable Wins: Missouri (Home), Colorado (Road)

    UCLA returns to the Top 25 after winning its last nine games. Last week, the Bruins gutted out road wins over Utah and Colorado.

    Entering this week, Ben Howland's club is No. 22 in the nation with 78.5 points per game.

22. Virginia Commonwealth Rams

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    Points: 42

    Record: 14-3, 2-0 A-10

    Last Week's Rank: Not Ranked

    Notable Wins: Memphis (Neutral)

    Virginia Commonwealth cracked the Top 25 for the first time this week after defeating Dayton and Saint Bonaventure to begin Atlantic 10 competition.

    On Thursday, the Rams host St. Joseph's who was picked to win the Atlantic 10 in the preseason.

21. New Mexico Lobos

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    Points: 43

    Record: 15-2, 2-0 MWC

    Last Week's Rank: 25

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

    New Mexico easily defeated Fresno State on Saturday, avoiding a letdown after its big win over UNLV earlier in the week. Alex Kirk averaged 21 points and 11.5 rebounds over the two games.

    On Wednesday, the Lobos will play Boise State in their first road game of the conference schedule.

20. Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Points: 44

    Record: 14-4, 1-3 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 13

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

    Illinois' Big Ten struggles continued last week with losses to Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Fighting Illini, who have relied on the three-point shot all season, made only 3-of-24 shots from deep against the Golden Gophers and 2-of-14 against the Badgers.

    Illinois is still looking for their first Big Ten road win since January 4, 2012, when they defeated Northwestern by one point.

19. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Points: 48

    Record: 13-2, 2-0 Big 12

    Last Week's Rank: 23

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

    Kansas State defeated West Virginia on Saturday for its sixth consecutive win. All but one of the team's victories have come by nine points of fewer.

    In his last six games, Kansas State senior Rodney McGruder is averaging 19.3 points per game.

18. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Points: 55

    Record: 14-2, 2-1 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 15

    Notable Wins: Kentucky (Home), Cincinnati (Road)

    Notre Dame's 17-game winning streak at home ended with a loss to Connecticut on Saturday. Earlier in the week, though, the Fighting Irish had picked up their second Top-25 win of the year, defeating Cincinnati.

    On Tuesday, Notre Dame will play at St. John's, which has lost its last two home games.

17. Michigan State Spartans

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    Points: 58

    Record: 14-3, 3-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 20

    Notable Wins: Kansas (Neutral)

    Michigan State has won its last three Big Ten games, defeating Purdue, Iowa and Nebraska. During that stretch, the Spartans are holding opponents to 58.7 points per game.

    This week, they will play at Penn State and then host Ohio State.

16. Missouri Tigers

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    Points: 78

    Record: 12-3, 1-1 SEC

    Last Week's Rank: 11

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

    With Laurence Bowers injured, Missouri lost to Ole Miss in its first SEC road game. The Tigers turned the ball over 19 times and shot only 2-of-18 from three-point range.

    Mizzou will look to rebound against Georgia, which is 6-9 and 0-2 in the SEC.

15. San Diego State Aztecs

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    Points: 86

    Record: 14-2, 2-0 MWC

    Last Week's Rank: 16

    Notable Wins: UCLA (Neutral), Colorado State (Home)

    San Diego State struggled with Fresno State and Colorado State last week, but the Aztecs gutted out two victories to begin the Mountain West season. Against the Rams, Chase Tapley, who had been sick with the flu, scored 12 of his 19 points in overtime.

    On Wednesday, the Aztecs will host UNLV on the CBS College Sports Network.

14. Butler Bulldogs

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    Points: 93

    Record: 14-2, 2-0 A-10

    Last Week's Rank: 17

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

    Butler began Atlantic-10 play with tough road wins over St. Joseph's and Dayton. The Bulldogs have now won 11 games in a row since falling to Illinois in the Maui Invitational championship game.

    After facing Richmond on Wednesday, the Bulldogs will host Gonzaga, giving them an opportunity for another top 10 win.

13. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Points: 104

    Record: 13-3, 3-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 14

    Notable Wins: Washington (Neutral), Michigan (Home)

    Ohio State defeated Michigan on Sunday for its first Top 25 win in four tries. The Buckeyes led the Wolverines by 21 points in the first half, and, although Michigan tied the game in the second half, Ohio State never trailed during the entire contest.

12. Creighton Bluejays

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    Points: 107

    Record: 16-1, 5-0 MVC

    Last Week's Rank: 12

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

    Creighton won twice last week, beating Drake and Missouri State by a combined 52 points. Against the Tigers, Doug McDermott scored 39 points on 15-of-19 shooting.

    This week, the Bluejays play two of the better teams in the Missouri Valley, Northern Iowa and Wichita State.

11. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    Points: 109

    Record: 15-2, 3-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 10

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

    Minnesota's 11-game winning streak ended with an 88-81 loss at Indiana on Saturday. The Golden Gophers trailed by 23 points at halftime and cut the lead to as few as three, but they could not complete the comeback.

    On Thursday, Minnesota will get a shot against undefeated Michigan at home.

10. North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Points: 110

    Record: 14-2, 3-0 ACC

    Last Week's Rank: 18

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

    North Carolina State defeated No. 1 Duke, which had previously been unbeaten, on Saturday, cementing its status as a favorite in the ACC. C.J. Leslie led the Wolfpack with 25 points, and Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown each had a double-double.

    This week, the Wolfpack will play two games against Maryland and Clemson.

9. Florida Gators

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    Points: 129

    Record: 12-2, 2-0 SEC

    Last Week's Rank: 9

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

    Florida defeated LSU on Saturday for its fourth straight win and its second of SEC play. Kenny Boynton, who has had a rough senior season thus far, put together a strong performance with 20 points, seven rebounds and four three-pointers.

    Next up for the Gators is a game at Texas A&M, which is surprisingly also 2-0 in the SEC.

8. Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Points: 139

    Record: 16-1, 3-0 WCC

    Last Week's Rank: 8

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

    In its first WCC home game, Gonzaga defeated St. Mary's, 83-78. Kelly Olynyk scored 31 points, his second straight game with more than 30 points.

    On Saturday, the Zags will take a break from conference competition when they play at Butler.

7. Arizona Wildcats

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    Points: 150

    Record: 15-1, 3-1 Pac-12

    Last Week's Rank: 4

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

    Arizona's comeback at Oregon fell short on Thursday, resulting in the Wildcats' first loss of the season.

    The Wildcats defeated Oregon State on Saturday to split their Oregon road trip, and they will play at Arizona State this week.

6. Syracuse Orange

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    Points: 153

    Record: 16-1, 4-0 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 7

    Notable Wins: San Diego State (Neutral)

    Syracuse outlasted Providence and Villanova in close games last week to improve to 4-0 in the Big East. The win over the Wildcats extended the Orange's home winning streak to 34 games.

    On Saturday, the Orange will play at Louisville in their toughest game of the regular season.

5. Michigan Wolverines

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    Points: 166

    Record: 16-1, 3-1 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 2

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

    Michigan's perfect season ended with a 56-53 loss at Ohio State on Sunday. The Wolverines erased a 21-point deficit and tied the score at 46 with fewer than six minutes left, but a subsequent four-minute scoring drought prevented the comeback win.

    On Thursday, Michigan plays another top 15 opponent in Minnesota.

4. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Points: 179

    Record: 14-1, 2-0 Big 12

    Last Week's Rank: 6

    Notable Wins: Ohio State (Road)

    Kansas survived in overtime against Iowa State early in the week and then won at Texas Tech over the weekend to begin Big 12 competition at 2-0. Ben McLemore averaged 21.5 points in the two victories.

    The Jayhawks return home on Monday against Baylor to defend their Allen Fieldhouse winning streak, which stands at 30 games.

3. Duke Blue Devils

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    Points: 181

    Record: 15-1, 2-1 ACC

    Last Week's Rank: 1

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

    Duke's perfect season and reign as No. 1 came to a close after falling at North Carolina State on Saturday.

    The Blue Devils return home this week to face Georgia Tech before a tough game at Miami (FL) next week.

2. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Points: 187

    Record: 15-1, 3-0 Big Ten

    Last Week's Rank: 5

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

    Indiana defeated Minnesota on Saturday for its second Top-25 win of the year. The Hoosiers nearly blew a 23-point halftime lead, but they sealed the deal by making four free throws in the final seconds.

    Indiana will host Wisconsin, which is coming off a win over Illinois, on Tuesday.

1. Louisville Cardinals

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    Points: 196

    Record: 15-1, 3-0 Big East

    Last Week's Rank: 3

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

    Louisville has won its first three Big East games by an average of 19.7 points, holding opponents to 52.7 points per contests.

    The Cardinals have won their last 10 games and play at Connecticut on Monday night.