Overrated, underrated in Top 25

Kansas among ranked teams deserving more respect. Duke? Not so much.

Updated: December 24, 2013, 3:01 PM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Andrew WigginsRobin Alam/Icon SMIDuke should be looking up at Kansas in the polls, not the other way around.

With the calendar year almost finished and conference play about to commence, we've now seen enough hoops to hand down some judgments. For example: Jabari Parker is really good, North Carolina is somewhat baffling, and Marshall Henderson has been known to take an occasional shot.

In addition to these experience-based assessments, we now have enough games in the book to conduct a somewhat more informed review of the Top 25. To my eye, these are the most underrated and overrated teams in the nation right now:

Underrated: Kansas Jayhawks (No. 16 in AP)
The Jayhawks already have lost three times, so it's easy to see why they're languishing in the polls. I'm just not certain there are any particular demerits attached to losing on a neutral floor to Villanova, or in coming up short in true road games at Colorado and Florida. KU lost those three games by a total of 13 points.