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FanRag Sports Top 25 | November Edition

1. Duke

The Skinny: Marvin Bagley III is averaging 24.5 points and 10 rebounds through his first two college games.

2. Michigan State

The Skinny: Tuesday night’s game against Duke has a Final Four feel.

3. Arizona

The Skinny: Deandre Ayton has already become appointment television.

4. Kansas

The Skinny: Devonte Graham looks like he’s in line for a “Frank Mason”-caliber senior year.

5. Villanova

The Skinny: Shot only 7-32 from 3-point range in the opener against Columbia.

6. USC

The Skinny: Remember the name Jonah Mathews.

7. Wichita State

The Skinny: JUCO import Samajae Haynes-Jones is going to be a factor.

8. Kentucky

The Skinny: Sunday’s four-point win over Vermont felt like March.

9. Cincinnati

The Skinny: Cane Broome can’t have six turnovers as he did against Savannah State.

10. North Carolina

The Skinny: Freshman big man Garrison Brooks is going to be a player.

11. Florida

The Skinny: Open the season Monday night against Gardner Webb.

12. Xavier

The Skinny: Took care of Morehead State faster than Mike Tyson took care of Michael Spinks in 1988.

13. Louisville

The Skinny: Deng Adel played the role of closer on Sunday versus George Mason.

14. Minnesota

The Skinny: Monday night’s tilt at Providence has a major buzz.

15. Texas A&M

The Skinny: Beat West Virginia by 23 without two All-SEC players, J.J. Caldwell and Robert Williams.

16. Virginia Tech

The Skinny: We’ll learn a lot more about this team after this week’s 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.

17. Notre Dame

The Skinny: Sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs is primed for a breakout season.

18. Seton Hall

The Skinny: Indiana comes to Newark on Wednesday as part of the Gavitt Games.

19. Miami

The Skinny: Beyond loaded on the perimeter.

20. Alabama

The Skinny: The rest of the SEC will officially be put on notice once this team gets to full strength.

21. West Virginia

The Skinny: Would have paid top dollar to see this team’s first practice after returning from Germany.

22. Purdue

The Skinny: Averaging 108 points through its first two games.

23. Northwestern

The Skinny: Limped past Loyola (Maryland) in the opener.

24. UCLA

The Skinny: Bruins will miss Cody Riley inside if he’s implicated following the incident in China.

25. Rhode Island

The Skinny: Monday night’s road game at Nevada is a tremendous early barometer.

Five on the cusp

Saint Mary’s

The Skinny: Randy Bennett won’t leave the state of California until Dec. 30.

Providence

The Skinny: This is the deepest team Ed Cooley has had since he left Fairfield.

TCU

The Skinny: Kenrich Williams is one of the best players in the country no one really knows about.

Gonzaga

The Skinny: Bulldogs won’t be tested until the PK80.

Arkansas

The Skinny: Made mincemeat out of both Samford and Bucknell, two quality mid-majors.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.





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