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January 19, 2010
The List
Week of Jan. 19

by John Perrotto

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Kansas has returned to where it started the season - atop The List.

Basketball Prospectus’ top-ranked team in the preseason moves back into the No. 1 spot this week as Texas drops a spot to No. 2 following its 71-62 loss at Kansas State on Monday night. Duke remains No. 3 while Syracuse moves up one spot to No. 4 and Brigham Young goes up two notches to No. 5.

Kentucky, the last remaining unbeaten team, is No. 6 primarily because of its weak non-conference schedule. The biggest jump is made by Gonzaga, which is No. 16 after not being ranked this season. The biggest loser is New Mexico, which is out of the rankings after being No. 18 last week.

Keep in mind that The List differs from The AP poll. We are ranking teams on the basis of how strongly we believe their chances are of winning the national championship than strictly on record and rely on a cross-section of five computerized rankings - Ken Pomeroy’s Pomeroy Ratings at kenpom.com, the Jeff Sagarin ratings for USA Today at usatoday.com, RealTimeRPI at realtimerpi.com, Team Rankings at teamrankings.com and Kyle Whelliston’s State of Basketball rankings at basketballstate.com.

1.Kansas
Record: 16-1
Last week’s ranking: 2
Last week: Defeated Nebraska 84-72 and Texas Tech 89-63.
This week: No. 21 Baylor on Wednesday, at Iowa State on Saturday.
Information: The Jayhawks have held 13 of their 17 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting.

2.Texas
Record: 17-1
Last week’s ranking: 1
Last week: Defeated Iowa State 90-83 and Texas A&M 72-67.
This week: Lost to No. 9 Kansas State 71-62 on Monday, at Connecticut on Saturday.
Information: The Longhorns’ 17-game winning streak, which was snapped by Kansas State, was the fourth-longest in school history.

3.Duke
Record: 15-2
Last week’s ranking: 3
Last week: Defeated Boston College 79-59 and No. 25 Wake Forest 90-70.
This week: at North Carolina State on Wednesday, at No. 18 Clemson on Saturday.
Information: The Blue Devils have had at least four players score in double figures in 12 of their 17 games this season.

4.Syracuse
Record: 18-1
Last week’s ranking: 5
Last week: Defeated Rutgers 81-65 and No. 6 West Virginia 72-71.
This week: Defeated Notre Dame 84-71 on Monday, Marquette on Saturday.
Information: The Orange led West Virginia 65-55 with 1:18 to go before hanging on for the victory.

5.Brigham Young
Record: 18-1
Last week’s ranking: 7
Last week: Defeated Air Force 67-49 and Colorado State 91-47.
This week: Wyoming on Wednesday, at San Diego State on Saturday.
Information: The Cougars have won 11 straight home games against Colorado State.

6.Kentucky
Record: 18-0
Last week’s ranking: 8
Last week: Defeated Florida 89-77 and Auburn 72-67.
This week: Arkansas on Saturday.
Information: John Calipari has won 53 consecutive regular-season conference games, dating to when he coached at Memphis.

7.Kansas State
Record: 15-2
Last week’s ranking: 9
Last week: Defeated Texas A&M 88-65 and Colorado 87-81.
This week: Defeated No. 1 Texas 71-62 on Monday, Oklahoma State on Saturday
Information: The victory over Colorado was the Wildcats’ first true road win of the season as they beat Alabama and UNLV at neutral sites.

8.West Virginia
Record: 6
Last week’s ranking: 13-3
Last week: Defeated South Florida 69-50, lost to No. 5 Syracuse 72-71.
This week: at Marshall on Wednesday, No. 25 Ohio State on Saturday.
Information: The Mountaineers had won 27 straight games when scoring at least 70 points until losing to Syracuse.

9.Villanova
Record: 16-1
Last week’s ranking: 12
Last week: Defeated Louisville 92-84 and No. 13 Georgetown 82-77.
This week: at Rutgers on Wednesday, at St. John’s on Saturday.
Information: The Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak against Georgetown.

10.Tennessee
Record: 14-2
Last week’s ranking: 10
Last week: Defeated Auburn 81-55 and Mississippi 71-69.
This week: at Alabama on Tuesday, at Georgia on Saturday.
Information: Forward Wayne Chism had double-doubles in both victories last week.

11.Michigan State
Record: 15-3
Last week’s ranking: 15
Last week: Defeated No. 24 Minnesota 60-53 and Illinois 73-63.
This week: Iowa on Wednesday, at Minnesota on Saturday.
Information: The Spartans are 5-0 in the Big Ten for the second straight year after failing to do so in each of Tom Izzo’s first 13 seasons as coach.

12.Wisconsin
Record: 14-4
Last week’s ranking: 11
Last week: Defeated Northwestern 60-50, lost to Ohio State 60-51.
This week: Michigan on Wednesday, Penn State on Sunday.
Information: The Badgers lead the nation with a 75.9 defensive rebounding percentage.

13.Georgetown
Record: 13-3
Last week’s ranking: 13
Last week: Defeated Seton Hall 85-73, lost to No. 12 Villanova 82-77.
This week: at No. 14 Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Rutgers on Saturday.
Information: The Hoyas’ bench was outscored 25-4 by Villanova.

14.Pittsburgh
Record: 15-2
Last week’s ranking: 14
Last week: Defeated Connecticut 67-57 and Louisville 82-77.
This week: No. 13 Georgetown on Wednesday, at Seton Hall on Sunday.
Information: The Panthers’ 31-game home winning streak is the second-longest in nation behind Kansas.

15.Purdue
Record: 14-3
Last week’s ranking: 4
Last week: Lost to Ohio State 70-66 and Northwestern 72-64.
This week: at Illinois tonight, Michigan on Saturday.
Information: Forward Robbie Hummel and guard E’Twaun Moore have combined to score 208 of the Boilermakers’ 342 points in Big Ten play.

16.Gonzaga
Record: 14-3
Last week’s ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated St. Mary’s 89-82 and San Diego 68-50.
This week: Pepperdine on Thursday , Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
Information: The Bulldogs shot 59 percent in the victory over St. Mary’s and 53 percent in the win over San Diego.

17.Northern Iowa
Record: 16-1
Last week’s ranking: 16
Last week: Defeated Bradley 52-50 and Indiana State 62-40.
This week: at Wichita State on Tuesday, at Indiana State on Sunday.
Information: The Panthers’ 15-game winning streak is a school record and the second-longest current one in the nation behind Kentucky.

18.Clemson
Record: 15-3
Last week’s ranking: 21
Last week: Defeated North Carolina 83-64 and North Carolina State 73-70.
This week: at No. 24 Georgia Tech on Tuesday, vs. No. 3 Duke on Saturday
Information: The Tigers had lost 14 times in a row immediately after beating a ranked team until defeating North Carolina State.

19.Temple
Record: 15-3
Last week’s ranking: 17
Last week: Defeated Pennsylvania 60-45 and Massachusetts 76-64.
This week: Xavier on Wednesday, at Fordham on Saturday.
Information: Lavoy Allen is on pace to become the first Owls player to average a double-double since Ollie Johnson in 1970-71 as the junior forward is scoring 10.9 points and pulling down 10.3 rebounds a game.

20.Vanderbilt
Record: 14-3
Last week’s ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Alabama 65-64 and South Carolina 89-79.
This week: at No. 10 Tennessee, at No. 6 Kentucky.
Information: The Commodores are 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1989-90.

21.Baylor

Record: 14-2
Last week’s ranking: 20
Last week: Lost to Colorado 78-71, defeated Oklahoma State 83-70.
This week: at No. 1 Kansas on Wednesday, Massachusetts on Saturday.
Information: The Bears lead the Big 12 in with a plus-11.5 rebounding margin and have yet to allow an opponent to get as many as 40 rebounds in a game.

22.Missouri
Record: 14-4
Last week’s ranking: 19
Last week: Defeated Texas Tech 94-89, lost to Oklahoma 66-61
This week: Nebraska on Saturday.
Information: The Tigers have forced 14 of their 18 opponents into at least 20 turnovers.

23.Arizona State
Record: 14-5
Last week’s ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Oregon 76-57 and Oregon State 66-57.
This week: Arizona on Saturday.
Information: This is the 12th time the Sun Devils began Pac-10 play with two losses but the first that they followed those defeats with three straight victories.

24.Georgia Tech
Record: 13-4
Last week’s ranking: NR
Last week: Lost to Virginia 82-75, defeated North Carolina 73-71.
This week: No. 18 Clemson on Tuesday, at Florida State on Sunday.
Information: The Yellow Jackets’ victory over North Carolina snapped a 12-game losing streak at Chapel Hill.

25.Ohio State
Record: 13-5
Last week’s ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated No. 4 Purdue 70-66 and No. 11 Wisconsin 60-51.
This week: Northwestern on Tuesday, at No. 8 West Virginia on Saturday.
Information: The Buckeyes are 25-31 against ranked teams under coach Thad Matta, including 4-3 this season.

Dropped out: No. 18 New Mexico, No. 22 Connecticut, No. 23 Florida State, No. 24 Minnesota, No. 25 Wake Forest.

Others to watch: Butler (14-4), Marquette (11-6), Minnesota (12-6), New Mexico (16-3), Wake Forest (12-4).

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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