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Sharon Ryan’s NCAA rankings

Records through Monday; previous rankings by Shannon Ryan in parentheses
1KANSAS (10-0)Sherron Collins faces Cal guard and former AAU teammate Jerome Randle on Tuesday. (1)
2TEXAS (10-0)The Longhorns are making a case to be a co-No. 1. A Feb. 8 game vs. Kansas can’t come soon enough. (2)
3KENTUCKY (12-0)John Calipari faced former assistant Bruiser Flint when the Wildcats hosted Drexel on Monday. (3)
4SYRACUSE (11-0)Six players average double-digit scoring. (4)
5PURDUE (10-0)Robbie Hummel showed aggressiveness against Ball State that he can call on again in the Big Ten. (5)
6WEST VIRGINIA (9-0)Why would the Mountaineers play at dangerous Cleveland State? They survived in a squeaker. (6)
7DUKE (9-1)Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith combined for more points than Gonzaga put up. (7)
8VILLANOVA (10-1)Reggie Redding returned from suspension into the starting lineup without a hiccup. (9)
9CONNECTICUT (7-2)Happy holidays, Jim Calhoun. He’s about to receive a contract extension. (14)
10MICHIGAN STATE (9-2)The Spartans can jump back into Final Four conversation with a victory Tuesday at Texas. (13)
11NORTH CAROLINA (8-3)The Tar Heels can only hope their losses to teams currently in the top five will help in March. (11)
12KANSAS STATE (11-1)Jacob Pullen dropped in a career-high 30 points against Alabama. (20)
13GEORGETOWN (8-1)Old Dominion sure knows how to get under the Hoyas’ skin. (8)
14BUTLER (8-3)It was controversial, but the Bulldogs got a victory over Xavier. (15)
15OHIO STATE (9-2)The Buckeyes aren’t pretty without Evan Turner, but they’ve won two since losing to Butler. (17)
16NEW MEXICO (12-0)The Lobos rallied to beat Creighton and save their unblemished record. (22)
17TENNESSEE (8-2)Ouch. The 22-point loss to USC was the Vols’ worst in the Bruce Pearl era. (10)
18WASHINGTON (7-2)The Huskies forced Portland into turning the ball over 22 times. (18)
19TEXAS A&M (9-2)The Aggies can make a jump in the polls by beating Washington tonight. (23)
20MISSISSIPPI (10-1)We’ll see what the Rebels are made of when they face West Virginia on Wednesday. (25)
21FLORIDA (8-2)Losing to Syracuse is one thing. Losing to Richmond is another. (12)
22CLEMSON (10-2)Make it four straight wins for the Tigers since that loss to Illinois. (NR)
23GONZAGA (8-3) Duke held the Bulldogs to their lowest point toal in 25 years. (16)
24TEMPLE (9-2)With a victory over St. John’s, the Owls have consecutive wins against the Big East. (NR)
25FLORIDA STATE (10-2)The Seminoles put a stop to Georgia Tech’s seven-game winning streak. (NR)

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