This was originally posted in ESPN by Kyle Soppe-Great Breakdown on The Top 25 and how this year more than ever it is a wide open field to win the NCAA Men's Title!
The trend for the top teams in college basketball this season is that there is no trend. A look at the turnover at No. 1 provides plenty of evidence of that fact.
Michigan State garnered 60 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll this preseason. A month later, Duke, which received exactly zero first-place votes in the preseason, received 53 of those votes. A month after that, Duke and Michigan State combined for one vote while Gonzaga was atop 54 of the AP ballots (the Bulldogs had a total of 15 first-place votes through the first seven weeks of the season).
Who's really the top team? There's a case for just about everyone near the top cutting down the nets in Atlanta in April. Here are some stats and historical factors that speak to each member of the current Top 25's chances:
1. Baylor Bears
An early 16-game winning streak with a top-10 defense in terms of efficiency and a backcourt tandem that averages more than 29 points per game? That's a snapshot of last year's champion Virginia Cavaliers as much as it is a rundown of this season's Bears.
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