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The Top Twenty Five

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Indiana (44) 9-0 1,580 1

2. Duke (20) 9-0 1,551 2

3. Michigan 9-0 1,444 3

4. Syracuse 8-0 1,378 4

5. Florida 7-0 1,319 6

6. Louisville 8-1 1,303 5

7. Ohio St. 6-1 1,211 7

8. Arizona 7-0 1,178 8

9. Kansas 7-1 1,087 9

10. Illinois 10-0 991 13

11. Cincinnati 9-0 944 11

12. Missouri 8-1 877 12

13. Minnesota 10-1 714 14

14. Gonzaga 9-1 699 10

15. Georgetown 7-1 577 15

16. Creighton 9-1 525 16

17. New Mexico 10-0 512 18

18. San Diego St. 7-1 491 17

19. Michigan St. 8-2 328 19

20. UNLV 7-1 305 21

21. North Carolina 7-2 298 20

22. Notre Dame 8-1 283 22

23. Wichita St. 9-0 280 24

24. Oklahoma St. 7-1 251 23

25. NC State 6-2 213 25

Others receiving votes: Oregon 177, Pittsburgh 177, Kentucky 44, Wyoming 15, UConn 10, Marquette 8, VCU 6, Butler 5, Maryland 5, Murray St. 4, Alabama 3, Miami 3, Virginia Tech 3, LSU 1.

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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