Sunday, January 4, 2015

My AP Top 25 ballot this week

Five teams drop off my AP Top 25 ballot, and one of the newcomers hails from the American Athletic Conference.

I'm going with Temple at No. 25 this week. Not just off its New Year's Eve win in Hartford over UConn, though that's part of it. The Owls weren't overly impressive in that game, but they got the win. More to the point, they are now 5-0 since transfers Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman have joined the team. Their defense is strong and their offense is now potent -- Temple's averaged 9.6 made 3-pointers in the last five games, compared to 4.5 over its first 10. The Owls are outscoring their opponents by 13.2 points per game since Dec. 18.

Oh, and of course there was that 25-point throttling of Kansas. And the OT win over UConn.

Considered Cincinnati, too, but not quite yet.

Elsewhere, we bid farewell to Texas Christian, St. John's, Georgetown, San Diego State and Northern Iowa and say hello to Seton Hall, Arkansas, Wyoming, VCU and Temple.

1. Kentucky
2. Duke
3. Wisconsin
4. Louisville
5. Arizona
6. Virginia
7. Villanova
8. Gonzaga
9. Texas
10. Utah
11. West Virginia
12. Wichita State
13. Kansas
14. Maryland
15. Iowa State
16. Notre Dame
17. Oklahoma
18. Seton Hall
19. North Carolina
20. Arkansas
21. Wyoming
22. Ohio State
23. Old Dominion
24. VCU
25. Temple

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