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January 3, 2011
The List
Kansas Overtakes Duke

by John Perrotto

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There is a new team atop The List this week as Kansas replaces Duke as No. 1.

Kansas (13-0) moves up from No. 2 after beating Texas-Arlington and Miami (Ohio) while Dukes drops one spot to No. 2 after beating North Carolina-Greensboro and Miami (Fla.) Rounding out the top five are Syracuse, Kentucky and Ohio State.

Washington makes the biggest jump, going from No. 23 to No. 12 after sweeping a two-game trip to Los Angeles against USC and UCLA. West Virginia takes the biggest tumble, dropping out of the top 25 from No. 9 following losses to West Virginia and Marquette. Missouri, Saint Mary's, North Carolina, Villanova and Illinois move into the top 25.

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.Kansas (13-0)
Previous Ranking: 2
Last week: Defeated Texas-Arlington 82-57 and Miami (Ohio) 83-56
This week: UMKC on Wednesday, at Michigan on Sunday
Information: Thomas Robinson is sixth in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 20.4.

2.Duke (13-0)
Previous Ranking: 2
Last week: Defeated North Carolina-Greensboro 108-62 and Miami (Fla.) 74-63
This week: UAB on Wednesday, Maryland on Sunday
Information: Andre Dawkins is first in the nation in offensive rating at 146.1.

3.Syracuse (15-0)
Previous Ranking: 6
Last week: Defeated Providence 81-74 and No. 21 Notre Dame 70-58
This week: at Seton Hall on Saturday
Information: Scoop Jardine is 29th in the nation in assist rate at 37.0.

4.Kentucky (11-2)
Previous Ranking: 5
Last week: Defeated Coppin State 91-71 and No. 14 Louisville 78-63
This week: Pennsylvania on Monday, at Georgia on Saturday
Information: Doron Lamb is 29th in the nation in offensive rating at 132.5.

5.Ohio State (14-0)
Previous Ranking: 4
Last week: Defeated Tennessee-Martin 100-40 and Indiana 85-67
This week: at Iowa on Tuesday, Minnesota on Sunday
Information: Jon Diebler is fifth in the nation in offensive rating at 142.1

6.Brigham Young
Previous Ranking: 7
Last week: Defeated Buffalo 90-82 and Fresno Pacific 93-57
This week: at No. 22 UNLV on Wednesday, TCU on Saturday
Information: Jackson Emery is sixth in the nation in steal percentage at 5.6.

7.San Diego State (15-0)
Previous Ranking: 8
Last week: Defeated Occidental 93-50
This week: at TCU on Wednesday, at Utah on Saturday
Information: Kawhi Leonard is 32nd in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage at 25.6.

8.Georgetown (12-2)
Previous Ranking: 3
Last week: Lost to No. 21 Notre Dame 69-55, defeated DePaul 86-75
This week: at St. John's on Monday, West Virginia on Saturday
Information: Julian Vaughn is fifth in the nation in offensive rebounding at 20.5.

9.Pittsburgh (13-1)
Previous Ranking: 10
Last week: Defeated No. 11 Connecticut 78-63
This week: at Providence on Tuesday, Marquette on Saturday
Information: Donte Taylor is second in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 23.3.

10.Purdue (13-1)
Previous Ranking: 13
Last week: Defeated Michigan 80-57 and Northwestern 82-69
This week: at Penn State on Wednesday, Iowa on Sunday
Information: JaJuan Johnson is 45th in the nation in turnover rate at 9.3.

11.Vanderbilt (11-2)
Previous Ranking: 12
Last week: Defeated Marquette 77-76 and Davidson 80-52
This week: at South Carolina on Saturday
Information: Festus Ezeli is 11th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 18.2.

12.Washington (10-3)
Previous Ranking: 23
Last week: Defeated USC 73-67 and UCLA 74-63
This week: Oregon on Thursday, Oregon State on Saturday
Information: Aziz N'Diaye is 14th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 17.5.

13.Connecticut (11-1)
Previous Ranking: 11
Last week: Lost to No. 10 Pittsburgh 78-63 and defeated South Florida 66-61
This week: at No. 14 Notre Dame on Tuesday and at No. 16 Texas on Saturday
Information: Kemba Walker is 12th in the nation in offensive rating at 136.6.

14.Notre Dame (12-2)
Previous Ranking: 21
Last week: Defeated No. 3 Georgetown 69-55, lost to No. 6 Syracuse 70-58
This week: No. 13 Connecticut on Tuesday, St. John's on Saturday
Information: Tyrone Nash is first in the nation in free throw rate at 115.5.

15.Central Florida (13-0)
Previous Ranking: 19
Last week: Defeated Furman 71-53 and Princeton 68-62
This week: Marshall on Wednesday, at Houston on Saturday.
Information: Keith Clanton is 58th in the nation in effective field goal percentage at 62.6.

16.Texas (11-2)
Previous Ranking: 17
Last week: Defeated Coppin State 95-75
This week: Arkansas on Tuesday, No. 13 Connecticut on Saturday
Information: Tristan Thompson is 76th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 14.3.

17.Missouri (13-1)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Northern Illinois 97-61 and Old Dominion 81-58
This week: North Alabama on Wednesday, at Colorado on Saturday
Information: Michael Dixon is 18th in the nation in block percentage at 5.0.

18.Saint Mary's (12-2)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Mississippi State 94-72 and Hartford 87-63
This week: at Loyola Marymount on Thursday, at Pepperdine on Saturday
Information: Stephen Holt is second in the nation in steal percentage at 6.5.

19.North Carolina (10-4)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Rutgers 78-55 and St. Francis (Pa.) 103-54
This week: at Virginia on Saturday
Information: John Henson is 30th in the nation in block percentage at 10.6.

20.Louisville (11-2)
Previous Ranking: 14
Last week: Defeated Morgan State 104-74, lost to No. 5 Kentucky 78-63
This week: Seton Hall on Wednesday, at South Florida on Sunday
Information: Terrence Jennings is 15th in the nation in block percentage at 12.5.

21.Wisconsin (11-3)
Previous Ranking: 16
Last week: Defeated No. 24 Minnesota 68-60, lost to Illinois 69-61
This week: Michigan on Wednesday
Information: Jordan Taylor is 36th in the nation in offensive rating at 131.0.

22.UNLV (12-2)
Previous Ranking: 20
Last week: Defeated Central Michigan 73-47
This week: No. 6 Brigham Young on Wednesday, TCU on Saturday
Information: Justin Hawkins is 46th in the nation in steal percentage at 4.5.

23.Villanova (12-1)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated No. 18 Temple 78-74 and Rutgers 81-65
This week: at South Florida on Thursday, Cincinnati on Sunday
Information: Maalik Wayns is 42nd in the nation in assist rate 35.3.

24.Illinois (12-3)
Previous Ranking: NR
Last week: Defeated Iowa 87-77 and No. 16 Wisconsin 69-61
This week: Northwestern on Thursday
Information: Demetri McCamey is 12th in the nation in assist rate at 40.1.

25.Temple (9-3)
Previous Ranking: 18
Last week: Lost to Villanova 78-74
This week: at Fordham on Wednesday, Saint Louis on Sunday
Information: Rahlir Jefferson is seventh in the nation in effective field-goal percentage at 70.2.

Dropped out: No. 9 West Virginia, No. 15 Arizona, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 24 Minnesota, No. 25 Cleveland State

Others to watch: Butler (10-4), Cincinnati (14-0), Florida(10-3), Michigan State (9-4), St. John's (9-3)

The Field of 68

ACC (7): Boston College, Clemson, 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, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, 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 (6): Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Big West (1): Long Beach State

Colonial (1): George Mason

Conference USA (1): Central Florida

Horizon (1): Butler

Ivy (1): Princeton

Metro Atlantic (1): Rider

Mid-American (1): Kent State

Mid-Eastern (1): Hampton

Missouri Valley (1): Wichita State

Mountain West (3): Brigham Young, San Diego State, UNLV

Northeast (1): Quinnipiac

Ohio Valley (1): Morehead State

Pac-10 (4): Arizona, USC, Washington, Washington State

Patriot (1): Bucknell

SEC (3): Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt

Southern (1): Charleston

Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin

Summit (1): Oakland

Sun Belt(1): North Texas

SWAC (1): Texas Southern

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

WAC (1): Utah State

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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