College Basketball Rankings: Top 25 Through Non-Conference Play

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Some have been asking why I haven’t posted a Top 25 ranking since the preseason. There are several reasons for this.

First of all, unlike other outlets that produce rankings each week, I like to take time to watch, analyze and break each team down. Ranking teams is so much more than box scores and wins and losses. It’s about the eye test — how each team has looked in their games — as well as who each team has played, injuries, suspensions, home court advantage and much more. In essence, it’s easy to put out a preseason ranking and then change it every week based on the outcomes of each game. It’s much more meaningful to wait and see how teams fare after a number of games, not just one or two each week.

Now, after a full month of games played, it is the appropriate time to put out a definitive Top 25 ranking through Dec. 19. To recap, the Hoops Habit preseason Top 25 is listed below:

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) reacts after scoring against the Michigan Wolverines at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 3, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) reacts after scoring against the Michigan Wolverines at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

1. Michigan State

2. Duke

3. Kentucky

4. Louisville

5. North Carolina

6. Oklahoma State

7. Florida

8. Michigan

9. Ohio State

10. Kansas

11. Syracuse

12. Arizona

13. Wichita State

14. Virginia

15. Memphis

16. UCONN

17. Gonzaga

18. Indiana

19. VCU

20. Creighton

21. Baylor

22. Notre Dame

23. UCLA

24. Colorado

25. New Mexico

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