NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 11:31am

Rank (Last Week)
1. Ohio State (1)
The Buckeyes dismantled then-No. 3 Duke by 22 points last week; life will be a lot more difficult in Lawrence Saturday afternoon against No. 12 Kansas.
2. Kentucky (3)
The game in Bloomington Saturday (against unbeaten Indiana) is suddenly shaping up to be much more intriguing than anyone would have a suggested a few weeks ago.
3. Syracuse (4)
Despite all of the controversy swirling around the program, the team continues to knock off quality opponents; the Orange faces another one of those Tuesday night (5-1 Marshall).
4. Connecticut (6)
Freshman Ryan Boatright (18.5 ppg in two games since becoming eligible) is a prime example of why this club is deeper than the 2010-11 national title-winning team.
5. Baylor (8)
One word will suffice as reaction to 28-point win at then-unbeaten Northwestern on Sunday: Wow!
6. North Carolina (5)
The Tar Heels have had their last loss for a while (at Florida State on Jan. 14 is the next biggest challenge). They need to continue to polish their half-court offense and defense.
7. Duke (3)
The Blue Devils’ defense wasn’t the first, or the last, that will be dissected by the Ohio State Buckeyes this season.
8. Florida (10)
The NCAA Championship Committee, come tourney bracketing time, is certainly going to look upon seven- and four-point decisions at Ohio State and Syracuse, respectively, as “good losses”.
9. Louisville (11)
Rick Pitino could be doing as good as a coaching job as he’s ever turned in. The Cardinals almost certainly will be 9-0 when they play host to Memphis on Dec. 17.
10. Xavier (13)
Any questions about this team were answered with come-from-behind wins over Vanderbilt and Purdue last week.
11. Creighton (14)
The Blue Jays recorded a marvelous road victory over California’s best team (San Diego State) last week and then in-state foe Nebraska Sunday.
12. Kansas (16)
Talented but erratic Long Beach State could be a stumbling block Tuesday night if the Jayhawks are looking ahead to Saturday game with the nation’s best team.
13. Missouri (NR)
No one has come any closer than within 15 points of the Tigers this season. That should change Tuesday night (vs. Villanova in Madison Square Garden).
14.Harvard (NR)
A victory over Florida State on a neutral floor was impressive. A victory over Connecticut in Storrs on Thursday would be overwhelming.
15. Marquette (NR)

The victory in Madison certainly was an attention grabber, wasn’t it? The Golden Eagles face Washington Tuesday night in what should be a high-scoring affair.

16. Illinois (NR)
All in all, it was a pretty nifty week for the Illini (a seven-point win at Maryland and nine-point victory at home over then-unbeaten and No. 9 Gonzaga).

    On the cusp: San Diego State (8-2), Gonzaga (5-1), Memphis (4-2), UNLV (8-1), Saint Louis (7-1), Alabama (7-1), Georgetown (7-1), California (6-2), Michigan (6-2), Kansas State (5-0), Vanderbilt (5-3), Indiana (8-0), Stanford (8-1), Mississippi State (8-1), Tulane (9-0), Virginia (7-1) and Wichita State (5-2)

    Top performances of Nov. 28-Dec. 4

    TEAMS: Ohio State (dismantled Duke in Columbus), Kentucky (edged North Carolina in Lexington), Baylor (blew out then-unbeaten Northwestern in Evanston), Xavier (wins over probable NCAA tourney participants Vanderbilt and Purdue), Marquette (win over Wisconsin IN Madison), Georgetown (win at then-unbeaten Alabama), Illinois (win over then-unbeaten Gonzaga), Creighton (win at San Diego State).

    TEAM OF THE WEEK: Ohio State

    PLAYERS: William Buford (Ohio State), Tu Holloway (Xavier), Meyers Leonard (Illinois), Terrence Jones (Kentucky), Joe Ragland (Wichita State), Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Damian Lillard (Weber State).

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lillard (the 6-2 junior guard had a combined 77 points in games with Saint Mary’s and San Jose State, hitting 24 of 39 from the field – including eight of 16 on 3s – as well as 21 of 25 from the free-throw line).

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