Rant Sports Week 20 Official College Basketball Top 25 Rankings

By Trevor Lowry

Top 25 Rankings

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The field of 68 is set for the 2014 NCAA tournament. North Carolina State and Albany are moving on to the next round and two other play-in games need to be played today. It's a beautiful thing. Before the dance gets into full swing, let's take a look at the college basketball top 25 rankings for Week 20.

In this week of the rankings, we will simply look at one key for each top 25 team for the NCAA tournament.

25. Memphis Tigers

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25. Memphis Tigers

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Key: Frontcourt has to step up because the backcourt cannot do it all. Not even this backcourt, which could be the best in the tournament.

Seed: No. 8 East Region

24. Connecticut Huskies

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24. Connecticut Huskies

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Key: Shabazz Napier will need help on the offensive end, but he also has to have a great outing.

Seed: No. 7 East Region

23. VCU Rams

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23. VCU Rams

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Key: Don’t take lesser teams too lightly. It wasn’t long ago when VCU was a mid-major. Well, it still technically is, but it plays in an Atlantic 10 Conference that gets many at-large bids. The Rams will take on Stephen F. Austin and cannot take their opponent lightly.

Seed: No. 5 South Region

22. Baylor Bears

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22. Baylor Bears

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Key: Brady Heslip’s three-point shooting. Heslip can really shoot the long ball and if he is on, Baylor will have no problem advancing.

Seed: No. 6 West Region

21. Saint Louis Billikens

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21. Saint Louis Billikens

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Key: Get back on track and play their game. It is that simple. The Billikens have lost four of five.

Seed: No. 5 Midwest Region

20. Oklahoma Sooners

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20. Oklahoma Sooners

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Key: Keep putting the ball into the hoop at a high rate. Oklahoma is averaging a little over 80 points per game. If the Sooners keep up their high-scoring offense, they won’t lose.

Seed: No. 5 West Region

19. New Mexico Lobos

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19. New Mexico Lobos

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Key: Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow. These two players are very underrated, but if they come to play, the Lobos will make some noise.

Seed: No. 7 South Region

18. North Carolina Tar Heels

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18. North Carolina Tar Heels

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Key: Leslie McDonald’s three-point shooting. This may be an x-factor more than anything, but McDonald has to make threes for North Carolina to move on.

Seed: No. 6 East Region

17. UCLA Bruins

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17. UCLA Bruins

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Key: Kyle Anderson playing like he has been all season long. Anderson is a triple-double threat waiting to happen and he could become a star in the tournament.

Seed: No. 4 South Region.

16. Creighton Bluejays

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16. Creighton Bluejays

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Key: Doug McDermott. This one is pretty obvious. McDermott is the best player in the nation and he has to continue to put up big numbers in the scoring department.

Seed: No. 3 West Region

15. Cincinnati Bearcats

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15. Cincinnati Bearcats

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Key: Finding ways to score more. Sean Kilpatrick may average 20.7 points per game, but the Bearcats struggle to score (averaging 68.7 PPG).

Seed: No. 5 East Region

14. Syracuse Orange

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14. Syracuse Orange

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Key: That 2-3 zone. Syracuse is on a slide, but its 2-3 zone could cause any team some problems.

Seed: No. 3 South Region

13. Michigan State Spartans

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13. Michigan State Spartans

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Key: Stay healthy. When Michigan State is healthy, well, it is probably the best team in college basketball.

Seed: No. 4 East region

12. Wisconsin Badgers

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12. Wisconsin Badgers

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Key: Sam Dekker emerging. Wisconsin doesn’t rely on one player, but if Dekker turns into the star his talent would suggest, watch out for the badgers. That or everyone continues to contribute.

Seed: No. 2 West Region

11. Kansas Jayhawks

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11. Kansas Jayhawks

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Key: A healthy Joel Embiid. Andrew Wiggins is a star, but Kansas needs Embiid on the court to win a national championship.

Seed: No. 2 South Region

10. San Diego State Aztecs

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10. San Diego State Aztecs

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Key: Xavier Thames. Basketball is a team sport, but Xavier Thames is awesome and he has to come ready to play for the Aztecs.

Seed: No. 4 West Region

9. Michigan Wolverines

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9. Michigan Wolverines

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Key: Frontcourt players stepping up. Mitch McGary left a serious hole and without him the Wolverines have a much weaker frontcourt.

Seed: 2 Midwest Region

8. Duke Blue Devils

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8. Duke Blue Devils

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Key: Jabari Parker not being in foul trouble. Parker is usually the best player on the court, and Duke desperately needs him in the game. Him getting into foul trouble could be very bad in the Big Dance.

Seed: 3 Midwest Region

7. Iowa State Cyclones

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7. Iowa State Cyclones

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Key: Keep scoring at will. Iowa State has a great offense and there are not many teams that can keep up with it if it is on.

Seed: No. 3 East Region

6. Villanova Wildcats

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6. Villanova Wildcats

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Key: Keep Daniel Ochefu out of foul trouble. Villanova is not known for its frontcourt, so Ochefu has to stay out of foul trouble and he has to have a good tournament.

Seed: No. 2 East Region

5. Arizona Wildcats

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5. Arizona Wildcats

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Key: Three-point shooting. If Arizona is on from the three, it probably isn’t going to lose.

Seed: No. 1 West Region

4. Louisville Cardinals

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4. Louisville Cardinals

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Key: Keep doing what they are doing. The Louisville Cardinals have been blowing teams out as of late. They just need to continue playing their game.

Seed: No. 4 Midwest Region

3. Virginia Cavaliers

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3. Virginia Cavaliers

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Key: Joe Harris. Harris did not have as good of a season as he did last year, but he is still a capable scorer and Virginia will need him to play like he did in the ACC tournament.

Seed: No. 1 East Region

2. Wichita State Shockers

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2. Wichita State Shockers

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Key: Stay hot. Wichita State has not lost a game this year. The Shockers made the Final Four last season as well.

Seed: No. 1 Midwest Region

1. Florida Gators

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1. Florida Gators

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Key: Patric Young and Michael Frazier II. If Young is dominant in the post and if Frazier II is lights out from behind the arc, Florida isn’t going to lose. Regardless, this is the most complete team in college basketball.

Seed: No. 1 South

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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