Casey’s Top 25 | 1/3/10

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1. Duke – Adjusting well to life without Kyrie Irving – not that they had a chance to get used to it. Maryland visits Cameron on Sunday.
2. Kansas – Play at Michigan on Sunday. Will wait another week for Big 12 play.
3. Ohio State – How desperate will the Gophers be when they visit Columbus?
4. Syracuse – Play their first true road game at Seton Hall.
5. San Diego State – Just keep winning.
6. Missouri – Open Big 12 play at Colorado.
7. Kentucky – Battle for first in the SEC East at Georgia.
8. Pittsburgh – Game at Providence tonight could be difficult.
9. UConn – Will play truth and consequences at Texas on Saturday.
10. Villanova – Host undefeated Cincinnati, Sunday.
11. BYU – Travel to UNLV, Wednesday.
12. Georgetown – Travel to Queens for tilt with surging St. John’s, tonight. Host WVU later in the week.
13. Purdue – Travel to Happy Valley, Wednesday.
14. Notre Dame – No shame losing at the Carrier Dome. Host UConn, Tuesday.
15. UCF – Host Marshall, Wednesday. Travel to Houston, Saturday.
16. Illinois – Nice win over Wisconsin. It would have been more impressive if it took place in Madison.
17. Florida – Broke Xavier’s 30-game home win streak. Rhode Island, tonight could be interesting.
18. Temple – No shame losing at Villanova. Start A10 play at Fordham, Wednesday.
19. Butler – Play truth and consequences with 15-and-1 Cleveland State, Thursday.
20. Gonzaga – Current six-game win streak includes victories over Baylor, Xavier, Oklahoma State and at Wake Forest.
21. Minnesota – Al Nolen returned and the Gophers lost a pair? Wasn’t it supposed to be the other way around?
22. Kansas State – Is that Paul Simon I hear? “Slip, sliding away…”
23. Texas – Will play truth and consequences at Storrs.
24. Texas A&M – Enjoy it while you can. Okie State, Missouri and Texas on the horizon.
25. Michigan State – Play at Northwestern and Penn State this week.

Let’s see your top 25.

14 Responses to "Casey’s Top 25 | 1/3/10"

  1. Wally   January 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Texas A&M cracks Casey’s Top 25 🙂

    Big game in South Bend tonight … UConn vs ND. Is this on TV anywhere? Can’t seem to find it.

  2. Rey   January 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Casey – do you see SDSU possibly being ranked #1 at some point if they get by UNLV and BYU (Heck – maybe even Utah is tough this year)? Of course I mean if they remain the lone undefeated as part of that question.

    What is up with Kansas State? Did you see Martin’s press conference? It seems like his team has lost any enthusiasm to play.

    Mich State at #25. Yikes. This year’s team does not look like traditional Izzo-ball.

  3. Casey   January 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    DOH! UConn-ND is either on pay-per-view or ESPN360! We’ve been kidnapped!

  4. Casey   January 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    SDSU being #1 is definitely a possibility although the MWC (as Rey points out) has several contenders. Don’t forget about New Mexico. Aztecs upcoming schedule: 1/8 @Utah, 1/12vs.UNLV, 1/15@New Mexico and 1/26@BYU. There is a loss in there somewhere.

    K-State – is proving, on a nightly basis, the value of a point guard. Pullen misses Denis Clemente creating and dishing. Then work in the off-the-court problems and Presto! You have lethargy.

    The Spartans opened Big 10 play with a pair of nice wins (Minnesota and @Northwestern). They have their feet underneath them. Three of their four losses are to teams currently ranked in the top 10.

  5. Wally   January 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Actually … isn’t this the typical MSU Spartan MO?? They typically play a terrificly hard non-conference slate early on, take a few lumps, and then rise at/near the top of the B10 as the season wears on. Izzo usually has them peaking in March … albeit with 5-7 losses on their resume. Battle-tested and tournament-ready.

  6. Crossword Pete   January 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    SDSU in THE TOP 5! Heck, even if they don’t get to #1, they have set the CBB basketball world on its collective ear.

  7. Smitty   January 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Reynell – I agree with you. Each time I have watched Michigan St., they are constantly turning the ball over. Very unlike a Tom Izzo team.

    Sure they are playing tough teams, but they have been sloppy. Unless they start protecting the ball, they are not going to make that usual Spartans run.

    Anyone know how long the K-State players are suspended?

  8. Casey   January 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Pullen returned last night. Kelly is out until January 15th.

    Something to keep in mind with MSU – Kalin Lucas is recovering from tearing his achilles. He is still not 100 percent which contributes to their turnovers. Lucas plays his way back into shape and presto!

  9. Casey   January 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Observations of ND’s victory over UConn (forgot about the Big East network that does not get noted in TV listings).

    Good win at home WITHOUT Carelton Scott.

    I watched the second half, and the Irish almost exclusively played man-to-man. I thought for sure they would go zone to slow Kemba Walker’s penetration. They didn’t need it. Walker scored 19 – almost seven under his average and his second lowest output of the season. 6 of those points came right after ND buckets where Walker got the ball and sprinted the floor.

    One of Walker’s buckets was the result of Hansbrough celebrating after a three – something he also did in the loss to Kentucky. Brey took a timeout and got in Hansbrough’s face. Hansbrough gave him a little back, but he responded on the floor. Brey never would have thought of getting in harangody’s grill.

    The deficit would have been more had Abromaitis not missed three free throws in the final minute.

    ND has confidence in their half-court man-to-man. That is a good sign.

  10. Wally   January 5, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Yea … what’s with THAT? I start giving Abro some props and he nearly gags that one away. Plus some senseless fouls in the last minute by the freshman adkins. But I’ll gladly take the win vs #9 🙂

  11. Rey   January 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    SDSU just pulled out their conference opener on the road against Utah. DJ Gay (guard) looked very impressive. This is not a one-man team. They are very good offensively and efficient. Had 10 TOs in the first half and I think only 1 for the second half.

  12. Casey   January 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    K-State and Tennessee continue to fall.

  13. Wally   January 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I wasn’t able to see the ND-St Johns game but was following along on Bberry. Looks like the Irish were in total control of this one the whole time … much to the dismay of Andy Katz and other ESPN “Experts” who said STJ would win. ND is REAL GOOD at home … even without Carleton Scott.

    ND women played a pretty good game vs UConn and were in position to win but just couldn’t get ‘er done in the end. Bummer.

  14. Rey   January 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Georgia beat Kentucky to move to 12-2. They have some pretty good forwards (forget names) but with this win, people have to start noticing them more. The SEC seems like a good conference for an up-and-coming team like Georgia. Auburn scored 6 points in the first half yesterday against LSU. I don’t know what is worse – the six points or the fact that LSU allowed 55 in the game and only beat them by 6. Wow. and I actually watched that game until it went to 20-3.

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