Carter's Top 25 NCAA Basketball Power Rankings: Through December 13

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Carter's Top 25 NCAA Basketball Power Rankings: Through December 13
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After three more wins over UCLA, Radford, and LaSalle, the Kansas Jayhawks are proving that they should be at least be considered (once again) as a top five team. In my opinion, they should be number one (for now at least.) They remain undefeated and they are the only team who can say they’ve beaten opponents by an average 30 points. With that said, here’s how I see the NCAA’s top teams that have impressed me the most.

NOTE:
Team W-L Records updated through 12:00 CT Sunday, December 13
Top 25 Teams recorded according to AP Top 25

1. Kansas Jayhawks (9-0)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Xavier Henry, Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich

2. Texas Longhorns (8-0)

Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Damion James, Dexter Pittman, J’Covan Brown

3. Syracuse Orange (9-0)
Top 25 Wins: 3 (California, North Carolina, Florida)
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Wesley Johnson, Arinze Onuaku, Brandon Triche

4. Tennessee Volunteers (7-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Purdue)
Key Players: Scotty Hopson, Tyler Smith, Wayne Chism

5. Memphis Tigers (7-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Kansas)
Key Players: Elliot Williams, Roburt Sallie, Doneal Mack

6. Seton Hall Pirates (8-0)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Jeremy Hazell, Herb Pope, Robert Mitchell

7. Murray State Racers (8-1)

Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (California)
Key Players: Ivan Aska, Danero Thomas, B.J. Jenkins

8. West Virginia Mountaineers (7-0)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Da’Sean Butler, Kevin Jones, Darryl Bryant

9. Duke Blue Devils (7-1)

Top 25 Wins: 1 (def. Connecticut 68-59)
Key Losses: 1 (Wisconsin)
Key Players: Kyle Singler, John Scheyer, Nolan Smith

10. UTEP Miners (5-0)

Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Randy Culpepper, Arnett Moultrie, Jeremy Williams

11. Marshall Thundering Herd (7-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Old Dominion)
Key Players: Tyler Wilkerson, Hassan Whiteside, Shaquille Johnson

12. Wichita State Shockers (9-1)

Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Pittsburgh)
Key Players: Toure’ Murry, J.T. Durley, Garrett Stutz

13. BYU Cougars (8-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Utah State)
Key Players: Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Jonathan Tavernari

14. Southeastern Louisiana Lions (6-1)

Top 25 Wins:
Key Losses: 1 (Mississippi State)
Key Players: Patrick Sullivan, Trent Hutchin, Damon Forest

15. Purdue Boilermakers (9-0)

Top 25 Wins: 1 (Tennessee)
Key Losses: None
Key Players: E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson

16. St. Mary’s Gaels (7-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Key Players: Omar Samhan, Matthew Dellavedova, Mickey McConnell

17. Georgetown Hoyas (8-0)
Top 25 Wins: 2 (Butler, Washington)
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Greg Monroe, Chris Wright, Austin Freeman

18. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: (Dayton)
Key Players: Gani Lawal, Derrick Favors, Mfon Udofia

19. Illinois State Redbirds (7-0)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Osiris Eldridge, Dinma Odiakosa, Lloyd Phillips

20. Mississippi Rebels (8-1)

Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Villanova)
Key Players: Chris Warren, Terrico White, Murphy Holloway

21. Baylor Bears (7-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Alabama)
Key Players: LaceDarius Dunn, Ekpe Udoh, Tweety Carter

22. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (7-1)
Top 25 Wins: None
Key Losses: 1 (Missouri State)
Key Players: Ben Uzoh, Justin Hurtt, Jerome Jordan

23. Villanova Wildcats (9-0)

Top 25 Wins: 1 (Dayton)
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Scottie Reynolds, Antonio Pena, Corey Fisher

24. Kentucky Wildcats (10-0)
Top 25 Wins: 2 (North Carolina, Connecticut)
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Patrick Patterson, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins

25. New Mexico Lobos (10-0)
Top 25 Wins: 2 (California, Texas A&M)
Key Losses: None
Key Players: Roman Martinez, Darington Hobson, Phillip McDonald

 

Carter's Top 10 Individual Players:

1. Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
2. Reggie Holmes (Morgan State)
3. Klay Thompson (Washington State)
4. Charles Garcia (Seattle)
5. Keion Bell (Pepperdine)
6. Chris Harris (Navy)
7. Kyle Gibson (Louisiana Tech)
8. Corey Hassan (Sacred Heart)
9. James Florence (Mercer)
10. Robert Glenn (IUPUI)

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