- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

And now, back to basketball, where it was again difficult to sift through teams after about No. 10.

It’s tough not to have serious reservations about teams like Memphis, Butler and Nevada as they beat up on mostly inferior foes in league play. But consistency is so tough to achieve, and few teams seem able to go a week without a hiccup. On the ballot below, Indiana would have neared top-10 status had it won at Iowa. The Hoosiers still moved up here, even if they aren’t ranked in the AP poll.

Another interesting fact: Duke and North Carolina head into their meeting Wednesday coming off losses. That’s only happened three other times in the past 30 years: March 1989, March 1995 and February 2003. Only in 1989 had both teams fallen to unranked teams, as North Carolina (at N.C. State) and Duke (vs. Florida State) did this week.

Here’s my ballot for this week:

1. Florida (21-2)

2. UCLA (20-2)

3. North Carolina (20-3)

4. Wisconsin (22-2)

5. Ohio State (20-3)

6. Pittsburgh (20-3)

7. Texas A&M; (19-3)

8. Kansas (19-4)

9. Memphis (19-3)

10. Marquette (20-4)

11. Butler (22-2)

12. Nevada (21-2)

13. Oregon (19-4)

14. Air Force (20-3)

15. Southern Illinois (19-5)

16. Duke (18-5)

17. Indiana (16-6)

18. Texas (16-6)

19. Washington State (19-4)

20. Oklahoma State (18-4)

21. Alabama (17-5)

22. Florida State (17-6)

23. Arizona (15-7)

24. Stanford (15-6)

25. Kentucky (17-5)

Next five: Creighton, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Southern California, Virginia

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