College Basketball Talk’s Latest Top 25: UNC, UK, Maryland hold top spots

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The best part of doing the top 25 for NBCSports.com is that, now the season has started, I can ignore anything that anyone else has to say and rank these teams as I see fit.

That said, the rankings mostly remain the same as they were before. No. 20 Georgetown and No. 25 Wisconsin both dropped out because if you lose to Radford or Western Illinois at home in your opener, you forfeit your spot in the top 25.

I also dropped Gonzaga a few spots. That’s not a result of what happened in Okinawa on Friday night — you can’t really judge a team based on one half that was played on an ice rink — I’ve just felt this team was overrated all preseason.

Baylor and Purdue both received a bit of a bump, which Cincinnati and Louisville are the two teams that snuck into our top 25 at the back-end.

Here it is:

1. North Carolina (2-0, LW: No. 1)
2. Kentucky (2-0, LW: No. 2)
3. Maryland (1-0, LW: No. 3)
4. Kansas (1-0, LW: No. 4)
5. Virignia (1-0, LW: No. 5)
6. Iowa State (1-0, LW: No. 6)
7. Duke (2-0, LW: No. 7)
8. Villanova (1-0, LW: No. 8)
9. Michigan State (1-0, LW: No. 9)
10. Oklahoma (1-0, LW: No. 10)
11. Cal (1-0, LW: No. 11)
12. Arizona (1-0, LW: No. 12)
13. Vanderbilt (1-0, LW: No. 13)
14. Indiana (1-0, LW: No. 14)
15. Wichita State (1-0, LW: No. 15)
16. Baylor (1-0, LW: No. 18)
17. Michigan (1-0, LW: No. 17)
18. Purdue (2-0, LW: No. 21)
19. Gonzaga (0-0, LW: No. 16)
20. Utah (1-0, LW: No. 19)
21. Butler (1-0, LW: No. 22)
22. UConn (1-0, LW: No. 23)
23. Notre Dame (1-0, LW: No. 24)
24. Cincinnati (2-0, LW: UR)
25. Louisville (1-0, LW: UR)

DROPPED OUT: No. 20 Georgetown, No. 25 Wisconsin