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December 27, 2010
The List
Duke Starts No. 1

by John Perrotto

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The conference portion of the college basketball schedule really starts in earnest Monday night with a heavyweight bout in the Big East as Pittsburgh hosts Connecticut.

So with in-conference play beginning in the power conferences and nearly two months' worth of results to go on, we present the first edition of The List for the 2010-11 season. Unlike The Associated Press' media poll and USA Today/ESPN's coaches (i.e. 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.

So without further ado, on to The List:

1.Duke
Record: 11-0
Last week: Defeated Elon 98-72
This week: at North Carolina-Greensboro on Wednesday, Miami (Fla.) on Sunday
Information: The Blue Devils are second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage offense at 44.0 percent.

2.Kansas
Record: 11-0
Last week: Defeated California 78-63
This week: Texas-Arlington on Wednesday, Miami (Ohio) on Sunday
Information: The Jayhawks are second in the nation in two-point field goal percentage offense at 59.0 percent.

3.Georgetown
Record: 11-1
Last week: Defeated Memphis 86-69
This week: at No. 21 Notre Dame on Wednesday, DePaul on Saturday
Information: The Hoyas lead the nation in effective field goal percentage offense at 60.4 percent.

4.Ohio State
Record: 12-0
Last week: Defeated North Carolina-Asheville 96-49 and Oakland 92-63
This week: Tennessee-Martin on Monday, Indiana on Friday
Information: The Buckeyes lead the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency at 82.8 points allowed per 100 possessions.

5.Kentucky
Record: 9-2
Last week: Defeated Winthrop 89-52
This week: Coppin State on Tuesday, at No. 14 Louisville on Friday
Information: The Wildcats are fourth in the nation in steal percentage offense at 6.2 percent.

6.Syracuse
Record: 13-0
Last week: Defeated Morgan State 97-55 and Drexel 93-65
This week: Providence on Tuesday, No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday
Information: The Orange leads the nation in block percentage defense at 20.3 percent.

7.Brigham Young
Record: 12-1
Last week: Defeated Weber State 72-66 and Texas-El Paso 89-68
This week: at Buffalo on Thursday
Information: The Cougars lead the nation in turnover percentage offense at 15.0 percent.

8.San Diego State
Record: 14-0
Last week: Defeated San Francisco 62-56 and IUPUI 56-54
This week: Occidental on Friday
Information: The Aztecs lead the nation in block percentage offense at 4.0 percent.

9.West Virginia
Record: 8-2
Last week: Idle
This week: St. John's on Wednesday, at Marquette on Saturday
Information: The Mountaineers are sixth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense at 27.0 percent.

10.Pittsburgh
Record: 12-1
Last week: Defeated American 61-46
This week: No. 11 Connecticut on Monday
Information: The Panthers lead the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency at 123.1 points per 100 possessions.

11.Connecticut
Record: 10-0
Last week: Defeated Coppin State 76-64 and Harvard 81-52
This week: at No. 10 Pittsburgh on Monday, South Florida on Friday
Information: The Huskies lead the nation in two-point field goal percentage defense at 37.2 percent.

12.Vanderbilt
Record: 9-2
Last week: Defeated Middle Tennessee 72-53
This week: Marquette on Wednesday, Davidson on Sunday
Information: Festus Ezeli is eighth in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 19.0 percent.

13.Purdue
Record: 11-1
Last week: Defeated IUPU Fort Wayne 77-52
This week: at Michigan on Tuesday, Northwestern on Friday
Information: The Boilermakers are third in the nation in defensive efficiency at 83.7 points allowed per 100 possessions.

14.Louisville
Record: 10-1
Last week: Defeated Western Kentucky 114-82
This week: Morgan State on Monday, No. 5 Kentucky on Friday
Information: The Cardinals are sixth in the nation in steal percentage defense at 14.4 percent.

15.Arizona
Record: 11-2
Last week: Defeated Robert Morris 82-56
This week: Oregon on Thursday, Oregon State on Sunday
Information: The Wildcats are ninth in the nation in effective field goal percentage offense at 56.3 percent.

16.Wisconsin
Record: 10-2
Last week: Defeated Coppin State 80-56
This week: No. 24 Minnesota on Tuesday, at Illinois on Sunday
Information: The Badgers are third in the nation in turnover percentage offense at 15.3 percent.

17.Texas
Record: 10-2
Last week: Defeated Michigan State 67-55
This week: Coppin State on Friday
Information: The Longhorns lead the nation in effective field goal percentage at 39.2 percent.

18.Temple
Record: 9-2
Last week: Defeated Ohio 76-65
This week: at Villanova on Thursday
Information: The Owls are ninth in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency at 85.9 points allowed per 100 possessions.

19.Central Florida
Record: 11-0
Last week: Defeated Massachusetts 64-59
This week: Furman on Wednesday
Information: The Knights are second in the nation in effective field goal percentage defense at 39.4 percent.

20.Nevada-Las Vegas
Record: 11-2
Last week: Defeated Kansas State 63-59
This week: Central Michigan on Thursday
Information: The Rebels are ninth in the nation in turnover percentage defense at 26.9 percent.

21.Notre Dame
Record: 11-1
Last week: Defeated Maryland-Baltimore County 93-53
This week: No. 3 Georgetown on Wednesday, at No. 6 Syracuse on Saturday
Information: The Fighting Irish are third in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage at 23.8 percent.

22.Texas A&M
Record: 11-1
Last week: Defeated Wagner 86-51
This week: McNeese State on Friday
Information: The Aggies are fourth in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage offense at 43.1 percent.

23.Washington
Record: 8-3
Last week: Defeated Nevada 90-60
This week: at Southern California on Wednesday, at UCLA on Friday
Information: The Huskies are fourth in the nation in turnover percentage offense at 15.3 percent.

24.Minnesota
Record: 11-1
Last week: Defeated South Dakota State 85-73
This week: at No. 24 Wisconsin on Tuesday, at Michigan State on Friday
Information: The Golden Gophers are sixth in the nation in block percentage offense at 5.3 percent.

25.Cleveland State
Record: 13-1
Last week: Defeated South Florida 69-62
This week: Loyola of Chicago on Thursday, Illionis-Chicago on Saturday
Information: The Vikings' only loss came to No. 9 West Virginia on Dec. 18.

Others to watch: Butler (9-4), Cincinnati (12-0), Missouri (11-1), Old Dominion (9-2), Villanova (10-1)

The Field of 68

ACC (6): Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

America East (1): Vermont

Atlantic 10 (2): Richmond, Temple

Atlantic Sun (1): Belmont

Big 12 (8): Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M

Big East (10): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia

Big Sky (1): Montana

Big South (1): Coastal Carolina

Big Ten (6): Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Big West (1): UC Santa Barbara

Colonial (2): George Mason, Old Dominion

Conference USA (1): Central Florida

Horizon (2): Butler, Cleveland State

Ivy (1): Princeton

Metro Atlantic (1): Rider

Mid-American (1): Kent State

Mid-Eastern (1): Hampton

Missouri Valley (1): Missouri State

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

Northeast (1): Robert Morris

Ohio Valley (1): Murray State

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

Patriot (1): Bucknell

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

Southern (1): Charleston

Southland (1): Sam Houston State

Summit (1): Oakland

Sun Belt(1): North Texas

SWAC (1): Jackson State

WAC (1): Utah State

West Coast (1): 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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