Measuring up title contenders

It's too early to tell whether Ben McLemore and the Jayhawks are legitimate title contenders. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Mark this date on your calendar: December 2012. For one week at least, a very rare evaluative consensus has been attained. The same nine teams are at the top of the AP top 25, our own ESPN Power Rankings and indeed my own personal top 25. While we differ slightly on the exact sequencing, all three of these august sources agree that the best nine teams in the country are as follows: Duke, Michigan, Louisville, Florida, Syracuse, Indiana, Arizona, Ohio State and Kansas.