NCAA Basketball Rankings: Heavy’s Top 30 for December 7

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Octavius Ellis is shooting an almost ridiculous 62.5 percent from the floor for the 8-1 Cincinnati men’s hoop squad this season. (Getty)

25. Utah

Record: 7-1, AP Ranking: 25, Coaches Poll: 24

Utah’s defense could use a bit of work, but Jakob Poeltl is trying to make sure that he single-handedly makes up for it. He’s gone five straight games without committing more than two fouls and went 21-of-28 from the field this week with 47 points and 19 rebounds in the Utes victories over BYU and IPFW.

Next Game: Saturday, December 12 at Wichita St.

24. Oregon

Record: 6-1, AP Ranking: 24, Coaches Poll: 23

It wasn’t an easy game for the Ducks last Friday. UNLV seemingly could not be stopped from distance and three Oregon starters spent, what felt like, the entire game in foul trouble. Still, there’s a bit of good news in all of that bad. Tyler Dorsey someone only suffered a mild knee sprain on what first appeared to look like a much worse injury.

Next Game: Tonight vs. Navy

23. Texas A&M

Record: 7-2, AP Ranking: Receiving Votes, Coaches Poll: 25

The Aggies scored just 19 first half points en route to Saturday’s 67-54 loss to Arizona State. The Sun Devils made 10 3-pointers and Texas A&M’s offense struggled mightily in the road contest, shooting just 31 percent from the field.

Next Game: Saturday, December 12 vs. Kansas State

22. Cincinnati

Record: 8-1, AP Ranking: 23, Coaches Poll: 22

The Bearcats gave up an uncharacteristic 78 points to Butler, but bounced back in a big-way by obliterating Morgan State in Sunday’s 87-66 victory at home. Six different Cincinnati players scored in double digits in the victory.

Next Game: Saturday, December 12 vs. Xavier

21. Butler

Record: 6-1, AP Ranking: 16, Coaches Poll: 21

Offense? You want to talk about offense? Luckily, the Bulldogs are ready for that. Butler has scored at least 74 points in each game so far this season and that includes 75 points in a loss against Miami. Meanwhile, in six wins, the Bulldogs are averaging 93 points. That’s a lot.

Next Game: Tonight vs. VMI

To see squads 20 – 16, click the arrow in the corner.

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