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December 1, 2008 at 9:10 AM

My Top 25

If it’s Monday, it must be AP Top 25 time, and here is this week’s ballot:
1, North Carolina
2, Connecticut
3, Pitt
4, Oklahoma
5, Gonzaga
6, Duke
7, Notre Dame
8, Texas
9, Louisville
10, Tennessee
11, UCLA
12, Marquette
13, Michigan State
14, Purdue
15, Wisconsin
16, Georgetown
17, Villanova
18, Davidson
19, Xavier
20, Ohio State
21, Wake Forest
22, Arizona State
23, Memphis
24, Kansas
25, Baylor
I’m feeling a little better about having had Gonzaga so high to begin with after watching the Bulldogs rip through the Old Spice Tournament over the weekend. This really is beginning to look like maybe the best team GU has had.
I’m also already regretting not having inserted Syracuse for Kansas — Kansas looked so good to me watching them play against UW that I wanted to leave them in. But the Orange did beat them the next next and should probably be in there, instead. I’ll see how this week unfolds and rectify that next week if needed.
As for the Pac-10, only two teams still deserve consideration. I was watching Washington State closely after its impressive start, but its loss to Pitt showed the Cougars still have some growing to do. Cal also had a chance to break through after its 5-0 start, but couldn’t close the deal against Florida State.
Stanford is the only undefeated Pac-10 team and seems to be playing a lot better than many might have figured for first-year coach Johnny Dawkins, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Cardinal gets a few votes. But none of Stanford’s first four opponents are very good, so to me, the Cardinal still has some proving to do.
ASU fell a few spots in my poll after its loss to Baylor, with Baylor then losing to Wake Forest. But after watching the ASU-Baylor game, I think James Harden is going to be tough to beat for Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.
I’ll have a bit more on the Pac-10 a little later.

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