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Mike Lopresti | | January 17, 2014

Lopresti: A stat for each Top 25 team

Let the numbers do the talking. Using the latest Associated Press poll: 26 stats for 26 teams, since there is a tie for No. 25.

No. 1 Arizona: The Wildcats have gotten to the top the old-fashioned way. They grunted for it. They have not been out-rebounded in one game this season and the work is clearly a group enterprise. They lead the Pac-12 in rebound margin, but their top individual rebounder -- Aaron Gordon -- is only eighth in the conference.

No. 2 Syracuse: Freshman nerves? What freshman nerves? Rookie guard Tyler Ennis could be making watches, with the care he gives to the Orange offense, averaging one turnover every 24 minutes. His assist-turnover ratio is 91-22.

No. 3 Wisconsin: The unbeaten Badgers can change their look more often than models at a fashion show. They have won games this season scoring in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80, 90s and 100s.

No. 4 Michigan State: The Spartans are averaging only 11.5 turnovers. Tom Izzo has gone to the Final Four six times, but never had a team before average under 13 turnovers.

No. 5. Wichita State: The Shockers, the popular choice to be the last unbeaten team standing, are the highest rated Missouri Valley Conference team in 32 years.

No. 6 Villanova: The Wildcats have not allowed a team to shoot more than 50 percent against them since Nov. 6, 2012. As of Monday, that was 432 days ago.

No. 7 Florida: The Gators are 6-2 in games decided by single digits this season. Last year, as an Elite Eight team, they were 0-6.

No. 8 Iowa State: Five different Cyclones have been named as Big 12 player of the week. That had never happened before in the history of the conference.

No. 9 Oklahoma State: The Cowboys went into last weekend with only one starter not shooting 50 percent. Guess who? All-American Marcus Smart.

No. 10 San Diego State: Apparently, the Aztecs have the best bullpen in the nation. In the past 106 games they’ve led with five minutes to go, they are 106-0.

No. 11. Ohio State: The Buckeyes averaged only 10.3 turnovers in starting out 15-0. But they have committed 38 in two losses to Michigan State and Iowa. “College basketball is hard,” Thad Matta said after the Iowa game. “There are a lot of ups and downs.”

No. 12 Baylor: Leading scorer Cody Jefferson has had a varied career in Waco. He has started 52 consecutive games for the Bears. Before that, he started one time in 55 games.

No. 13 Kentucky: Presumably, the Wildcat freshmen are on their way to the NBA. But first, they have to stop off at the foul line. Frequently. Kentucky averages 33.3 free throw attempts a game, its opponents 19.1. The Wildcats have made 44 more free throws than the other teams have tried.

No. 14 Iowa: The Hawkeyes’ three losses came against Villanova, Wisconsin and Iowa State, who through Sunday had a combined record of 45-2. The three defeats were by a combined 12 points.

No. 15 Kansas: Welcome to Lawrence. Bill Self is 167-9 in Allen Fieldhouse as Jayhawks' head coach. That means he has won as many Big 12 championships at Kansas as he has lost home games.

No. 16 Massachusetts: Leading scorer Chaz Williams might be a fifth-year senior, but he was seven years old the last time the Minutemen were ranked, in 1998.

No. 17 Memphis: Who needs white uniforms? The Tigers have now won 15 consecutive conference games on the road.

No. 18 Louisville: The Cardinals were just outrebounded for the sixth consecutive game, matching the longest streak in the Rick Pitino era, Then again, they have only eight more turnovers on offense than they have steals on defense, 180-172.

No. 19 Cincinnati: The Bearcats have not allowed anyone to break 70 points in 24 consecutive games, going back to February of 2013.

No. 20 Creighton: The Bluejays have not trailed one second in the second half of their past 11 home games. Have a nice visit Tuesday, Butler.

No. 21 Colorado: This is one reason the Buffaloes were so upset by the knee injury to Spencer Dinwiddie. He’s shooting 41.3 percent in 3-pointers. The rest of the team is shooting just under 28 percent.

No. 22 Pittsburgh: Throw out the one-point loss to Cincinnati, and the Panthers have won the other 15 games by an average of 17.8, with only one decided in single digits.

No. 23 Duke: The Blue Devils have had their struggles, but Jabari Parker has hit 20 points 10 times. The school record for a freshman is Gene Banks’ 11, and that was 36 years ago.

No. 24 Saint Louis: Balance, thy name is Billikens. They are co-leaders in the Atlantic 10 with a 15-2 record, but have only one player in the top 30 in the conference in scoring.

No. 25 Oklahoma: How did the Sooners get ranked for the first time in four years? Average 87 points a game, with all five starters in double figures.

No. 25 UCLA: Kyle Anderson is chipping in 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists a game, and nobody in the country is closer to averaging a triple double.

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