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Monday, December 1, 2014

Top 25 - Week 3

1. Wisconsin (7-0) - the Badgers took care of UAB, Georgetown and Oklahoma in the Bahamas, only really struggling with the Hoyas. They face Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday.
2. Kentucky (7-0) - the Wildcats showed how scary they can be by methodically blowing out a solid Providence team in the 2nd half yesterday. They face a bigger test on Friday when Texas comes to Lexington.
3. Louisville (5-0) - the Cardinals sleep-walked through Pitino's 700th victory versus Cleveland State.  Ohio State comes to town Tuesday.
4. Duke (7-0) - the Blue Devils took it easy this Thanksgiving and beat a couple cupcakes. That changes Wednesday at Wisconsin.
5. Arizona (6-0) - these Wildcats took care of business in Maui, taking home the chip with a win versus rival San Diego State. They host Gonzaga on Saturday.
6. Texas (6-0) - Without star guard, Isaiah Taylor, the Longhorns got a win in one of the most hostile environments, at UConn. They travel to Kentucky on Friday.
7. Gonzaga (5-0) - the Zags beat a pesky St. John's squad in New York last week. They're at Arizona on Saturday.
8. Villanova (6-0) - Nova was quite impressive in Brooklyn, blasting VCU and outlasting Michigan. Their attention focuses on two of the Big 5 this week.
9. Virginia (7-0) - the Cavs looked lackluster versus lackluster competition in Brooklyn last week, but got a couple Ws. They will have to step it up at Maryland and VCU this week.
10. Wichita State (3-0) - the Shockers beat Tulsa handily last week, but face their stiffest competition, to date, Wednesday at Utah.
11. North Carolina (5-1) - the Tar Heels were punched in the face by Butler in the Bahamas, but rebounded with relatively easy victories over UCLA and Florida. They host Iowa on Wednesday.
12. Kansas (5-1) - that nightmare loss to Kentucky is not fading from anyone's mind anytime soon. But, the Jayhawks looked good beating Michigan State yesterday. They host Florida Friday.
13. Michigan (4-1) - the Wolverines showed they will be formidable again this year, splitting with Oregon and Villanova in Brooklyn last week. They host Syracuse Tuesday.
14. Ohio State (5-0) - the Buckeyes continued their early season cream puff schedule last week, but they'll get a shock to their system Tuesday at Louisville.
15. Miami (7-0) - the Hurricanes kept rolling last week, taking care of Charlotte for the second time this season. They host a good Illinois team on Tuesday.
16. San Diego State (5-1) - the Aztecs, once again, just couldn't quite get over the top versus Arizona. However, they did get a couple solid wins in Maui, beating Pittsburgh and BYU. They travel to Washington Sunday.
17. Michigan State (5-2) - the Spartans couldn't get it done versus Kansas last week, but they get another chance for a quality win at Notre Dame on Wednesday.
18. Oklahoma (4-2) - the Sooners beat UCLA and Butler, before succumbing to Wisconsin in the Bahamas. They host Missouri Friday.
19. Arkansas (6-0) - the Razorbacks took care of a solid Iona squad yesterday. They get their biggest test at Iowa State on Thursday.
20. West Virginia (7-0) - Bob Huggins & co. rolled to a couple easy victories last week. They host LSU Thursday.
21. Illinois (6-0) - the Illini beat Baylor to take last week's Las Vegas Invitational. They are at Miami on Tuesday.
22. Iowa State (3-1) - the Cyclones were tripped up by Maryland last week. They host Arkansas on Thursday.
23. Syracuse (5-1) - the Orange blasted two cupcakes last week. They face real competition this week, at Michigan Tuesday and home versus St. John's on Saturday.
24. VCU (4-2) - it was a semi rough week for the Rams, who sandwiched a win versus Oregon with losses to Villanova and at Old Dominion. They're at Illinois State on Tuesday and home for in-state rival Virginia Saturday.
25. Providence (6-1) - the injury prone Friars did not have enough to handle Kentucky on the road. They travel to Boston College on Friday.

On the outside looking in: Northern Iowa (7-0), Connecticut (3-2), Butler (5-1), Utah (5-1), Notre Dame (6-1), Maryland (7-0), Old Dominion (5-1), Nebraska (4-1)

Dropped Out: Connecticut, Stanford.

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