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Let us introduce you to the newest No. 1 in the weekly Power 16 ratings.
Moving into the No. 1spot is a Florida team that many believe is the best in the country at the moment.
Twenty-nine and zip Wichita State moves to 2 after a week in which Syracuse dropped toughies in the ACC to Boston College (ouch!) and Duke.
The No. 1 team in the latest Power 16, Syracuse continued to manage to avoid that initial loss. No. 2 Arizona continued to look like a club capable of claiming No. 1 when it matters most. No. 3 Wichita State continued its systematic handling of all Missouri Valley Conference competition.
The three of the four top-ranked clubs in the Power 16 face potentially severe tests this week:
No. 1 Syracuse is at No. 13 Pittsburgh (Wednesday);
No. 2 Arizona visits Tempe to take on an Arizona State club that is playing very well in Pac 12 competition, on Friday;
Just about 50 games into the NBA season and franchises have now become familiar with the narrative of their team, the direction of their season, and the concoction that is their roster. As these teams come to recognize just who they are and are not, some franchises find themselves in a position of needing to evaluate not just their current rosters for the season, but what their team projects as going forward.
Monday is a big day for “rivalries” – old, and, potentially new.
The traditional varieties features Oklahoma State (No. 11 in this week’s Power 16) taking on Oklahoma in a Big 12 game in Norman, and Villanova (No. 12) visiting Georgetown in a Big East clash.
A new rivalry could be on the verge of blossoming in the “new-look” ACC, where a newcomer – Pittsburgh (No. 8) – plays host to long-time conference power Duke.
From January 3th to 5th C.B. L’Hospitalet held the second of the four qualification tournaments (Rome, Kaunas and Belgrade the other locations), of Nike Junior International Tournament. The winner was Spanish team Real Madrid, as they defeated Unicaja in the finals. Highly regarded prospect Domantas Sabonis, missed the tournament, as he is part of the Malaga senior team (he would have played for Unicaja if present). Here is a list of prospects that showed the most potential during this event.
There are some terrific college hoops rivalries going these days.
And one of the best of those – that between the Big Ten Conference’s Michigan and Michigan State – is set to resume on Saturday in East Lansing.
The Spartans hung onto their No. 4 slot in the updated Power 16 while the Wolverines returned (at No. 16) while taking a seven-game winning streak into their conference game at No. 14 Iowa Wednesday night.
It should be among the most compelling of matchups this weekend.
It's mid-January and Conference play has begun. While there's still a lot of basketball yet to be played and there will be a lot of movement left on the draft board, things are beginning to take shape. Joel Embiid has leapfrogged the "Big 3" and now appears in the driver seat to be the first pick of the 2014 draft. He not only shows tremendous upside, but has become an impact player. Jabari Parker has finally shown that he is human and is struggling but looks like an excellent player to build an NBA team around.