Syracuse Orange Claim Top Spot in the Bleacher Report Top 25

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Syracuse Orange Claim Top Spot in the Bleacher Report Top 25
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This week featured an upheaval at the top of the rankings which included Kansas and Kentucky both losing on the road, Purdue losing its star, then losing a game, and Syracuse trashing a top 10 opponent.

The final result?

Bleacher Report voters are more of a "what have you done for me lately" group of people.  They named Syracuse the overwhelming No. 1 after recent thumpings of top 10 teams Georgetown and Villanova.

Both Syracuse and Kansas have near identical profiles, but the nature of the polls suggest the team that loses will fall and that's the case this week. Kansas may still be in position to be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament especially since the Jayhawks get a chance this week to grab a marquee victory against another top five team, Kansas State.

After the reshuffling of the top teams, the poll was fairly static. Purdue dropped several spots and Georgetown continued its downward trek down the polls after a rough few weeks.

If you're a Bleacher Report member and interested in voting in the Bleacher Report Top 25 poll, email Jameson Fleming at jamesonfleming@gmail.com to receive a ballot.

 

Ranking, Team (record through Sunday), votes (first place votes), ranking last week

1. Syracuse 27-2, 422 (14) Last Week: 3

2. Kansas  27-2, 402 (3) Last Week: 1

3. Kentucky 27-2, 387 Last Week: 2

4. Duke 25-4, 377 Last Week: 5

5. Kansas State 24-4, 344 Last Week: 7

6. Purdue 24-4, 327 Last Week: 4

7. New Mexico 27-3, 306 Last Week: 9

8. Villanova 23-5, 295 Last Week: 6

9. West Virginia 22-6, 292 Last Week: 8

10. Ohio State 23-7, 285 Last Week: 10

11. Butler 26-4, 241 Last Week: 11

12. Michigan State 22-7, 225 Last Week: 13

13. Tennessee 21-7, 193 Last Week: 16

14. Brigham Young 26-4, 187 Last Week: 15

15. Pittsburgh 22-7, 185 Last Week: 14

16. Wisconsin 21-7, 155 Last Week: 17

17. Vanderbilt 22-6, 153 Last Week: 20

18. Gonzaga 24-5, 145 Last Week: 18

19. Georgetown 19-8, 143 Last Week: 12

20. Temple 24-5, 110 Last Week: 21

21. Baylor 22-6, 94 Last Week: 24

22. Texas A&M 20-8, 68 Last Week: 23

23. Xavier 21-7, 45 Last Week: Not Ranked

23. UTEP 22-5, 45 Last Week: Not Ranked

25. Maryland 21-7, 42 Last Week: Not Ranked

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 33, Northern Iowa 23, Utah State 15, Richmond 14, Virginia Tech 12, Cornell 10, Saint Mary's 10, UNLV 9, Louisville 7, Oklahoma State 7, UAB 5, Wake Forest 3, Clemson 3, Murray State 2, California 2, San Diego State 1, Notre Dame 1

Participants: Jameson Fleming, Paul Swaney, Allen Kha, Jesse Kramer, Drew Gatewood, Chris Burrows, Scott Henry, Tyler Stimson, Jordan Schwartz, Dan Karell, Mike Miller, Chris Golighty, Brandon Bohning, Tom Smith, Tom Hager, Carl Stine

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