The Top 25 matters in college hoops, Q&A with Craig Neal and more

Monday December 16th, 2013
Fans were electric at Iowa-Iowa St. in part because both teams were ranked, reigniting the rivalry.
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Craig Neal's nickname is "Noodles," but he won't let his players call him that.
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As you all know, I like to find an unheralded mid-major to plug into the last spot or two on my ballot (John Feinstein started this tradition with the AP poll), but there just weren't any legitimate candidates. So I settled on Missouri and Gonzaga to round things out. I took a look at Saint Mary's, but that win over Boise State was by far the Gaels' most impressive of the season. (For the life of me, I'll never understand why Randy Bennett schedules so weakly every year.) SMU clocks in at a respectable 8-2, but the Mustangs also don't have anything resembling a signature win.

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