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NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Fri, 03/06/2009 - 10:54am

NCAA Power 16: March 6th

Power 16
Record
Comment
1. Connecticut
27-2
Almost unbeatable when Stanley Robinson plays well.
2. North Carolina
26-3
This team would be even better if Roy didn’t insist on playing Bobby Frasor.
3. Pittsburgh
27-3
Pitt (18-0 at home) takes on UCONN (10-0 on the road). Something’s gotta give.
4. Oklahoma
26-4
1-1 since Griffin’s return, despite Blake’s 18 and 14.5 in those two games.
5. Memphis
27-3
21 wins in a row (56 overall in C-USA) is impressive no matter who you play.
6. Duke
25-5
Have won five in a row leading up to a showdown with the Heels at Chapel Hill.
7. Louisville
24-5
That blowout loss to ND is the only real blemish on an impressive Big East showing.
8. Kansas
24-6
A big letdown against TTU after slaughtering Missouri at home.
9. Missouri
25-5
Beating Oklahoma makes up for the fact that no one showed up in Kansas.
10. Michigan St.
24-5
Kailin Lucas has carried this offense in the midst of Morgan’s sub par play.
11. Washington
23-7
Going 3-0 in a week (two victories over the AZ schools) bumps them up 4 spots.
12. Wake Forest
23-5
James Johnson is the X factor. They look like a Final Four team when he plays well.
13. Marquette
23-7
Without James, Jimmy Butler needs to step up as their third perimeter scorer.
14. LSU
25-5
Strange that their first appearance in the Power 16 comes after a rare SEC loss.
15. Clemson
23-7
Lack of depth will hurt them in the postseason.
16. Arizona St.
21-7
Lost to both Washington schools in OT this past week.

Honorable Mentions

Villanova (24-6) – A shameful loss to a weak Georgetown team drops them out of the Power 16.

Purdue (22-8) – Losses to Michigan and Northwestern? That’s a bad week in the Big 12.

Gonzaga (24-5) – Their schedule makes Memphis’s competition look like the Big East.

UCLA (22-7) – A good win over Cal not enough to get more than an honorable mention.

Syracuse (22-8) – Have won three in a row (only good one against Cincinnati).

This Week’s Match-ups to Watch:

Saturday, March 7th:

#1 Connecticut @ #3 Pittsburgh – Runner-up for GAME OF THE WEEK

#6 Louisville @ West Virginia – A win here, and WVU is a lock for the tournament.

#25 Syracuse @ #15 Marquette – The third Big East game listed here, but let’s face it: no conference in America plays better basketball.

Sunday, March 8th:

#7 Duke @ #2 North Carolina – GAME OF THE WEEK

#19 Purdue @ #8 Michigan St. – Purdue’s played poorly of late; Can they rebound against the Spartans?

#18 Clemson @ #10 Wake – Another solid ACC matchup.

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