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January 10, 2011
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Duke Back on Top

by John Perrotto

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The top two teams in The List have flip-flopped for a second consecutive week. This time Duke movesg back into the top spot while Kansas falls to No. 2.

Duke (15-0) returns to the top after beating UAB 85-64 and Maryland 71-64, while Kansas (15-0) drops a spot after whipping Missouri-Kansas City 99-52 then needing overtime to beat Michigan 67-60. Ohio State (16-0), Syracuse (16-0) and Purdue (15-1) round out the top five.

Villanova makes the biggest jump, going from No. 23 to No. 14 after beating South Florida on the road then handing Cincinnati its first loss of the season. The biggest faller is Central Florida, which fell out of the top 25 from No. 15 following its first loss of the season at Houston. Four teams join The List this week: West Virginia, Cincinnati, Florida and Texas A&M.

Unlike The Associated Press' media poll and USA Today/ESPN's coaches (re: sports information directors) poll, we take into account subjective data to present our weekly Top 25, a cross section of Ken Pomeroy's Pomeroy Ratings at kenpom.com, the Jeff Sagarin ratings for USA Today at usatoday.com, Team Rankings at teamrankings.com, Kyle Whelliston's State of Basketball rankings at basketballstate.com and the Ratings Percentage Index, more commonly known as the RPI, which can be found at various sources. We also project the 68 teams most deserving of being in the NCAA Tournament.

1.Duke (15-0)
Previous Ranking: 2
Last week: Defeated UAB 85-64 and Maryland 71-64
This week: at Florida State on Wednesday, Virginia on Saturday
Information: The Blue Devils are second in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency at 122.1.

2.Kansas (15-0)
Previous Ranking: 1
Last week: Defeated Missouri-Kansas City 99-52 and Michigan 67-60 (OT)
This week: at Iowa State on Wednesday, Nebraska on Saturday
Information: The Jayhawks lead the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency at 81.5.

3.Ohio State (16-0)
Previous Ranking: 5
Last week: Defeated Iowa 73-68 and Minnesota 67-64
This week: at Michigan on Wednesday, Penn State on Saturday
Information: The Buckeyes lead the nation in defensive free throw attempt/field goal attempt ratio at 20.8.

4.Syracuse (16-0)
Previous Ranking: 3
Last week: Defeated Seton Hall 61-56
This week: at St. John's on Wednesday, No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday
Information: The Orange are second in the nation in defensive block percentage at 19.2.

5.Purdue (15-1)
Previous Ranking: 10
Last week: Defeated Penn State 83-68 and Iowa 75-52
This week: at Minnesota on Thursday, at No. 21 West Virginia on Sunday
Information: The Boilermakers are second in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency at 82.3.

6.Brigham Young (16-1)
Previous Ranking: 6
Last week: Defeated No. 22 Nevada-Las Vegas 89-77 and Air Force 76-66
This week: at Utah on Tuesday
Information: The Cougars are third in the nation in offensive turnover percentage at 15.4.

7.Pittsburgh (15-1)
Previous Ranking: 9
Last week: Defeated Providence 83-79 and Marquette 89-81
This week: at No. 10 Georgetown on Wednesday, Seton Hall on Saturday
Information: The Panthers lead the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency at 124.4.

8.San Diego State (17-0)
Previous Ranking: 7
Last week: Defeated Texas Christian 66-53 and Utah 71-62
This week: Nevada-Las Vegas on Wednesday, at New Mexico on Saturday
Information: The Aztecs are first in the nation in offensive block percentage at 3.9.

9.Kentucky (12-3)
Previous Ranking: 4
Last week: Defeated Pennsylvania 86-62, lost to Georgia 77-70
This week: Auburn on Tuesday, Louisiana State on Saturday
Information: The Wildcats are sixth in the nation in offensive turnover percentage at 15.9.

10.Georgetown (12-4)
Previous Ranking: 8
Last week: Lost to St. John's 61-58 and West Virginia 65-59
This week: No. 7 Pittsburgh on Wednesday, at Rutgers on Saturday
Information: The Hoyas are second in the nation in offensive effective field-goal percentage at 58.5.

11.Notre Dame (14-2)
Previous Ranking: 14
Last week: Defeated No. 13 Connecticut 73-70 and St. John's 76-61
This week: at Marquette on Monday, at St. John's on Sunday
Information: The Fighting Irish are fourth in the nation in defensive free throw attempt/field goal attempt ratio at 23.7.

12.Connecticut (12-2)
Previous Ranking: 13
Last week: Lost to No. 14 Notre Dame 73-70, defeated No. 16 Texas 82-81 (OT)
This week: Rutgers on Tuesday, at DePaul on Saturday
Information: The Huskies are fourth in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 43.4.

13.Washington (12-3)
Previous Ranking: 12
Last week: Defeated Oregon 87-69 and Oregon State 103-72
This week: at Stanford on Thursday, at California on Sunday
Information: The Huskies are fourth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency at 121.3.

14.Villanova (14-1)
Previous Ranking: 23
Last week: Defeated South Florida 83-71 and Cincinnati 72-61
This week: No. 20 Louisville on Wednesday, Maryland on Saturday
Information: The Wildcats are eighth in the nation in three-point percentage allowed at 27.1.

15.Saint Mary's (14-2)
Previous Ranking: 18
Last week: Defeated Loyola Marymount 98-75 and Pepperdine 85-60
This week: San Francisco on Thursday, Santa Clara on Saturday
Information: The Gaels lead the nation in effective field goal percentage at 59.4.

16.Illinois (13-3)
Previous Ranking: 24
Last week: Defeated Northwestern 88-63
This week: at Penn State on Tuesday, at No. 17 Wisconsin on Saturday
Information: The Fighting Illini are third in the nation in three-point percentage at 43.4.

17.Wisconsin (12-3)
Previous Ranking: 21
Last week: Defeated Michigan 66-50
This week: at Michigan State on Tuesday, No.16 Illinois on Saturday
Information: The Badgers lead the nation in offensive turnover percentage at 13.8.

18.Texas (12-3)
Previous Ranking: 16
Last week: Defeated Arkansas 79-46, lost to No. 13 Connecticut 82-81 (OT)
This week: at Texas Tech on Tuesday, Oklahoma on Saturday
Information: The Longhorns are second in the nation in two-point percentage allowed at 38.5.

19.Vanderbilt (11-3)
Previous Ranking: 11
Last week: Lost to South Carolina 83-75 (OT)
This week: Georgia on Wednesday, at Tennessee on Saturday
Information: The Commodores are 19th in the nation in effective field goal percentage allowed at 43.2.

20.Louisville (13-2)
Previous Ranking: 20
Last week: Defeated Seton Hall 73-54 and South Florida 86-77
This week: at No. 14 Villanova on Wednesday, Marquette on Saturday
Information: The Cardinals are fourth in the nation in defensive steal percentage at 14.3.

21.West Virginia (10-4)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated DePaul 67-65 and No. 8 Georgetown 65-59
This week: Providence on Thursday, No. 5 Purdue on Sunday
Information: The Mountaineers are 10th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 40.4.

22.North Carolina (11-4)
Previous Ranking: 19
Last week: Defeated Virginia 62-56
This week: Virginia Tech on Thursday, at Georgia Tech on Sunday
Information: The Tar Heels are fourth in the nation in offensive block percentage at 5.2.

23.Cincinnati (15-1)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Xavier 66-46, lost to No. 23 Villanova 72-61
This week: South Florida on Wednesday, at No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday
Information: The Bearcats are ninth in effective field goal percentage allowed at 42.0.

24.Florida (12-3)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Rhode Island 84-59 and Mississippi 77-71
This week: at Tennessee on Tuesday, South Carolina on Saturday
Information: The Gators are third in the nation in defensive field goal attempt/free throw attempt ratio at 23.6.

25.Texas A&M (14-1)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Nicholls State 66-55 and Oklahoma 69-51
This week: Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Missouri on Saturday
Information: The Aggies are eighth in offensive rebounding percentage at 41.6.

Dropped out: No. 15 Central Florida, No. 17 Missouri, No. 22 Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 25 Temple

Others to watch: Arizona (14-3), Baylor (11-3), Gonzaga (11-5), Virginia Tech (10-4), Washington State (12-4) /p> The Field of 68

ACC (5): Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

America East (1): Vermont

Atlantic Sun (1): Belmont

Atlantic 10 (2): Richmond, Temple

Big 12 (9): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M

Big East (11): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Big Sky (1): Montana

Big South (1): Coastal Carolina

Big Ten (5): Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Big West (1): Long Beach State

Colonial (1): Old Dominion

Conference USA (1): Central Florida

Horizon (1): Butler

Ivy (1): Harvard

Metro Atlantic (1): Fairfield

Mid-American (1): Ball State

Mid-Eastern (1): Hampton

Missouri Valley (2): Missouri State, Wichita State

Mountain West (3): Brigham Young, Nevada-Las Vegas, San Diego State

Northeast (1): Central Connecticut State

Ohio Valley (1): Morehead State

Pac-10 (4): Arizona, Southern California, Washington, Washington State

Patriot (1): Bucknell

SEC (4): Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt

SWAC (1): Jackson State

Southern (1): Charleston

Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin

Summit (1): Oakland

Sun Belt(1): North Texas

WAC (1): Utah State

West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary's

John Perrotto is an author of Basketball Prospectus. You can contact John by clicking here or click here to see John's other articles.

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