Shannon Ryan’s Top 25 rankings: Syracuse climbs to the top; Arizona stumbles

12. Kentucky (16-5): Wildcats bounced back from loss to LSU by thumping Mizzou. (12)
Feb 4, 2014

 

Last week’s ranking in parentheses; records through Sunday.
1. Syracuse (21-0): C.J. Fair scored 28 points in an instant-classic victory against Duke. (2)
2. Florida (19-2): Gators have won 13 straight games. (3)
3. Wichita State (23-0): Two road games coming up for undefeated Shockers. (4)
4. San Diego State (19-1): Rematch vs. Boise State on Wednesday; won 69-66 in January. (5)
5. Arizona (21-1): Worse news than Cal loss? Brandon Ashley lost for season with foot injury. (1)
6. Villanova (19-2): Wildcats won three straight on the road. (9)
7. Cincinnati (21-2): Can’t doubt Bearcats after 69-66 win over Louisville. (15)
8. Kansas (16-5): Jayhawks held to 39 percent shooting in loss to Texas. (6)
9. Michigan State (19-3): Fell to Hoyas without Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. (7)
10. Texas (17-4): Longhorns upset Kansas in impressive Big 12 win. (NR)
11. Michigan (16-5): Nik Stauskas was held to 6 points in loss to Indiana. (10)
12. Kentucky (16-5): Wildcats bounced back from loss to LSU by thumping Mizzou. (12)
13. Creighton (18-3): Bluejays rank first nationally with 18.3 assists per game. (19)
14. Louisville (18-4): Cardinals were outrebounded 36-25 by Cincinnati in loss. (13)
15. Iowa (17-5): Two ranked opponents — Ohio State and Michigan — loom this week. (14)
16. Gonzaga (20-3): Zags can get payback against Portland on Wednesday. (21)
17. Duke (17-5): Blue Devils made 15 3-pointers (41.7 percent) in loss to Orange. (16)
18. Saint Louis (20-2): Tough matchup Wednesday at St. Joe’s, which just beat UMass. (22)
19. Oklahoma State (16-5): Cowboys lost three of four, and guard Stevie Clark was arrested. (8)
20. Memphis (16-5): Streak of 19 consecutive conference road wins ended with SMU loss. (17)
21. Ohio State (17-5): Aaron Craft scored all seven points in last 4 minutes to beat Wisconsin. (18)
22. Wisconsin (17-5): Badgers have lost five of last six games. (11)
23. Iowa State (16-4): Georges Niang scored a career-high 27 points to beat Oklahoma. (20)
24. Virginia (17-5): Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer upset Pittsburgh. (NR)
25. Oklahoma (17-5): Outrebounded Iowa State 46-33 but still lost. (24)
 

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