There will be a new Number One in college basketball on Monday -- and a revised Top 10.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I do not have a vote in the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 poll. I do have opinions about which teams belong in the Top 10. I do think I should share them.
So I will.
Here are my selections:
10. Miami – Beat Duke. Beat Michigan State. Getting healthy. Excellent coach. Unbeaten in ACC. Make room. I'm on the bandwagon.
9. Butler – Bulldogs have been just as tough in the Atlantic 10 as they were in the Horizon – other than the final 3 seconds at LaSalle.
8. Arizona – One bad game against UCLA is no reason to think this isn't a Top 10 team. A lucky team. But Top 10.
7. Louisville – Knock them out of the Top 10 because of three straight losses, if you like. When the shots start falling again, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith will return this team to the top five.
6. Duke – The 27-point loss at Miami was alarming. More alarming is not knowing when Ryan Kelly returns from his injury.
5. Syracuse– Tip your hat to Villanova. The Wildcats had a great week, toppling U of L and Syracuse. Unlikely, but great. But the Orange and Louisville are still the teams with the most dangerous tools in the Big East. Even if Jay Wright wears fabulous suits.
4. Indiana – Yogi Ferrell keeps improving at point guard. Victor Oladipo keeps improving at the perimeter. Now the Hoosiers must play three of their next four on the road – and Michigan, the likely Number One, is the home game Saturday with ESPN GameDay on campus.
3. Florida – I realize the SEC is shaky, but Billy Donovan's team has won all six of its league games by 17 or more points. Donovan's got tough, veteran players -- and he knows how to cut down nets.
2. Michigan– When the three-pointers are falling, look out. No reason to howl if you disagree and like the Wolverines at Number One. I like them, too. I just like the next team a little more.
1. Kansas – The Jayhawks and Wolverines head the One-Loss club. Kansas won at Ohio State. Michigan did not. That's a notable difference. Ben McLemore playing like the nation's best freshman. Jeff Withey playing like a pro.