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Official Un-Official Top 25

  1. Kansas
  2. Texas
  3. Purdue
  4. Kentucky
  5. Duke
  6. Villanova
  7. West Virginia
  8. Michigan State
  9. Washington
  10. Syracuse
  11. North Carolina
  12. Connecticut
  13. Georgetown
  14. Florida
  15. Ohio State
  16. Tennessee
  17. Florida State
  18. Clemson
  19. Siena
  20. Texas A&M
  21. Louisville
  22. Portland
  23. UNLV
  24. Gonzaga
  25. Georgia Tech
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Official Un-Official Top-25, Pac-10 Picks: Week Three (late)

  1. Michigan State (-)
  2. Kansas (-)
  3. Texas (-)
  4. Purdue (5)
  5. Kentucky (6)
  6. Duke (7)
  7. Villanova (8)
  8. West Virginia (9)
  9. Ohio State (10)
  10. Washington (11)
  11. Syracuse (NR)
  12. Connecticut (-)
  13. North Carolina (5)
  14. Louisville (13)
  15. Georgetown (14)
  16. Tennessee (15)
  17. Butler (-)
  18. Illinois (-)
  19. Florida State (21)
  20. Oklahoma (19)
  21. Minnesota (22)
  22. Clemson (25)
  23. Siena (24)
  24. Wake Forest (23)
  25. Michigan (NR)

Some significant changes to this weeks ballot. Yes I know it is late, but you will have to trust me this was done up on Monday, but just pushed back as stories kept getting published and the queue time was altered. Anyway, North Carolina and Cal saw the biggest drops. The defending champs went from 5th to 13th while Cal was completely dropped from the rankings. I moved up Florida State as I like that team a lot while dropping Oklahoma some. But outside of the two big drops there was nothing of significance outside of Syracuse’s incredible jump from not ranked to #11. Also for the first time this season, Washington has cracked my top-10.

Pac-10 Picks

Monday: Oregon vs. Montana, UCLA vs. Pepperdine, Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Tuesday: Cal vs. Jacksonville, Arizona vs. Colorado, Stanford vs. Virginia

Wednesday: Stanford vs. Kentucky, Arizona vs. Vanderbilt, Arizona State vs. Duke, Washington State vs. Alaska Anchorage

Thursday: UCLA vs. Portland

Friday: UCLA vs. Butler, USC vs. Coppin State, Washington State vs. Nicholls State, Arizona State vs. LSU

Saturday: Oregon State vs. George Washington, Oregon vs. Montana State

Sunday: Washington vs. Montana, California vs. Princeton, USC vs. Nebraska, Stanford vs. Portland State

Last Week: 12-4

Season: 24-7

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Official Un-Official Top-25, Pac-10 Picks: Week Two

  1. Michigan State (-)
  2. Kansas (-)
  3. Texas (-)
  4. Purdue (-)
  5. North Carolina (-)
  6. Kentucky (-)
  7. Duke (-)
  8. Villanova (-)
  9. West Virginia (-)
  10. Ohio State (12)
  11. Washington (-)
  12. Connecticut (10)
  13. Louisville (-)
  14. Georgetown (15)
  15. Tennessee (14)
  16. California (-)
  17. Butler (-)
  18. Illinois (19)
  19. Oklahoma (20)
  20. Georgia Tech (21)
  21. Florida State (22)
  22. Minnesota (23)
  23. Wake Forest (24)
  24. Siena (25)
  25. Clemson (NR)

So very little change from last weeks ballot, which should be expected since it was only the first week of the season. I bumped Ohio State up a bit just because I really liked what I saw over the weekend, Thad Matta looks like he could have that program making a deep run in the tournament for years to come. Meanwhile I wanted to keep Washington where I had them, and I’m a little less enamored with UConn then I was when I originally had them at #10. But with a difference of two spots it really doesn’t matter, just a superficial change. Same goes with the swap of Georgetown and Tennessee; I just like Georgetown more than I do Tennessee now.

The biggest change comes because of Mississippi State falling on their faces in the opener. Without Renardo Sidney and only giving Jarvis Varnado eight shots (when he made all eight) is a sign of bad things to come. Because of that every team moved up one spot.

Pac-10 Picks

Monday: UCLA vs. CS Fullerton, Washington State vs. Eastern Washington, Arizona State vs. Texas State

Tuesday: USC vs. UC Riverside, Arizona State vs. TCU

Wednesday: Stanford vs. Oral Roberts

Thursday: California vs. Syracuse, Washington State vs. IPFW, Arizona vs. Rice

Friday: Washington vs. San Jose State, Arizona State vs. San Francisco, UCLA vs. CS Bakersfield

Saturday: Oregon State vs. Sacramento State, Stanford vs. Florida A&M, USC vs. Loyola Marymount, Oregon vs. Portland

Last Week: 12-3

Season: 12-3

SInce its the the beginning of the year there will not be too many upsets. I almost picked San Diego last week but had a lot of faith in Landry Fields. Turns out I was right on fields, but wrong on the rest of the team.

Then Oregon State has come out of the gates just dreadful with losses to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas Tech. But I decided to give them another pick against Sacramento State.

The only games I picked the Pac-10 to lose this week are Cal against Syracuse and Oregon against Portland. I almost went with Oral Roberts over Stanford, but am again giving the Cardinals the power conference benefit of the doubt.

I think Syracuse can match up with Cal’s shooting and are in New York for the game, although I believe Cal will have a better shot at getting deeper in the tournament later in the year. Then the Oregon against Portland game should be interesting because I think Portland could win the WCC this year. We all know that they Pilots beat us last year, they are entering a situation where they are at home and out to have a statement game to show everyone they are a force to be reckoned with.

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Official Un-Official Top-25, Pac-10 Picks: Week One

With the first games tipping off today, wanted to get the first poll out of the way as well as the Pac-10 picks.

  1. Michigan State
  2. Kansas
  3. Texas
  4. Purdue
  5. North Carolina
  6. Kentucky
  7. Duke
  8. Villanova
  9. West Virginia
  10. Connecticut
  11. Washington
  12. Ohio State
  13. Louisville
  14. Tennessee
  15. Georgetown
  16. California
  17. Butler
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Illinois
  20. Oklahoma
  21. Georgia Tech
  22. Florida State
  23. Minnesota
  24. Wake Forest
  25. Siena

I like Michigan State to win it this year because of the return of Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, Delvon Roe, Durrell Summers, Chris Allen, and Draymond Green. The team just has so much talent with the motivation of last year’s championship game fresh in their memories.

Texas and Purdue are two teams who could play for the title. Texas brings in maybe the top recruiting class in the country, highlighted by local kid Avery Bradley. The Boilermakers return almost their entire core from a Sweet Sixteen team a year ago.

Georgetown is the team with the highest ceiling. The Hoyas could be carried by Greg Monroe his sophomore year, and with the Big East down a bit (but still the best conference in the country), they have a legitimate shot to win the conference.

Pac-10 Picks

Monday: Cal vs. Murray State

Wednesday: Cal vs. Detroit

Friday: Washington vs. Wright State, Arizona State vs. Western Illinois, Oregon vs. Winston Salem State, Oregon State vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Stanford at San Diego

Saturday: Oregon vs. UC Davis; Oregon State vs. South Dakota; Washington vs. Belmont

Sunday: Arizona vs. Northern Arizona; Oregon vs. Colorado State; Oregon State at Texas Tech; Stanford vs. Cal Poly, Washington vs. Portland State

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My Official Un-Official Top-25

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Connecticut
  3. North Carolina
  4. Louisville
  5. Duke
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Marquette
  8. Wake Forest
  9. Clemson
  10. Xavier
  11. Butler
  12. Memphis
  13. Michigan State
  14. Texas
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Villanova
  17. Purdue
  18. Minnesota
  19. Washington
  20. UCLA
  21. Kansas
  22. Illinois
  23. Syracuse
  24. Penn State
  25. LSU

Move Washington up as I was impressed with the ASU performance, although the Arizona game was a disappointment. The fact that so many top-25 teams fell last week allowed them to move up.

Maybe more amazing is that last week I had ASU ranked #12, now they are completely off my list. Seeing them play more showed they are incredible weak in depth and are completely reliant on Harden to play well. Obviously that was somewhat known before, but the fact that UW and WSU were both able to take him out of the game completely and still only Jeff Pendegraph was able to step up does not speak well for the Sun Devils.

I added LSU to the list, Trent Johnson is having the Tigers playing very well right now.

Oklahoma takes my top spot. Always thought highly of them, and obviously more highly seeing as how the majority of the AP voters slotted them #2 behind UConn. But Blake Griffin is the best player in the country unquestionably, and the team is 9-0 against top-50 opponents this year. The Sooners have shown incredible talent so far this year. Next year however when they lose the Griffin brothers and Willie Warren, look for a steep fall off. As an Oklahoma hater, I can’t wait.

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My Official Un-Official Top-25

  1. Duke
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Connecticut
  4. Wake Forest
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. North Carolina
  7. Marquette
  8. Michigan State
  9. Louisville
  10. Texas
  11. Syracuse
  12. Arizona State
  13. Xavier
  14. Clemson
  15. Illinois
  16. Gonzaga
  17. Butler
  18. Memphis
  19. Villanova
  20. Washington
  21. Kentucky
  22. Purdue
  23. Georgetown
  24. Minnesota
  25. Saint Marys

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My Official Un-Official Top 25

Hopefully this will be an official ballot someday…

  1. Wake Forest
  2. Duke
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Connecticut
  6. North Carolina
  7. Syracuse
  8. Louisville
  9. Michigan State
  10. Marquette
  11. Clemson
  12. UCLA
  13. Georgetown
  14. Arizona State
  15. Xavier
  16. Texas
  17. Purdue
  18. Saint Mary’s
  19. Butler
  20. Villanova
  21. Minnesota
  22. Illinois
  23. Florida
  24. Kentucky
  25. California

Just off the list: Washington, Baylor, Memphis, Miami (Fl)

I would love to put Washington in, but couldn’t take a team like Kentucky off who I really like right now. Sadly I feel like I have to put Cal before the Huskies because of that unbearable loss we had, but should we come away with a victory over USC a see us sliding in not only my poll, but the official ones as well. 

A team you may be wondering is completely off the list is Notre Dame. I have a true hatred for Notre Dame football, but have no reason to dislike the basketball, so this is an unbiased opinion. While Luke Harangody is almost a certain lock for the All-American team, I really am not too impressed with the team. Maybe once Harangody completely heals from his injury will we see the team at full force, but right now they are off my list.

Just to mention, Louisville is a team who I have liked all season and had them in my original Final Four. I would have loved to put them higher but their past struggles force them lower. But with Terrence Williams, Edgar Sosa, Earl Clark, and my favorite in Samardo Samuels, they are still a team who I think could be cutting down the net come early April. While their win over Pitt makes me seem like someone making up some garbage to sound smart, it was the way they beat Pitt that really impressed me. The fact they were able to come from behind against the #1 team the way they did says a lot about their talent. Playing in the Big East will be tough all season, but don’t be surprised to see them crack the top-3 at some point.

Although hopefully Washington can match some of their success seeing as Pitino has built some type of pipeline from here to Louisville.

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