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NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 7:13am

Rank (Last Week)
Record
Comment
1. Syracuse (1)
19-0
Only four of the Orange’s victories have come by margins of less than double figures. That is called dominance.
2. Kentucky (2)
17-1
All things considered, the Wildcats held up pretty well under the weight of their first two SEC games away from Lexington.
3. Baylor (5)
17-0
The Bears can deftly do away with any remaining doubters by coming out of Phog Allen Fieldhouse Monday night with a W.
4. Ohio State (3)
16-3
As the Duke Blue Devils and Indiana Hoosiers would attest, the Buckeyes are capable of looking very impressive in Columbus.
5. Duke (7)
14-2
The Blue Devils have yet to overwhelm anyone – at least by points spread – but they are off to a spiffy 3-0 start to Atlantic Coast Conference action.
6. Missouri (9)
16-1
The Tigers bounced back nicely from their first loss with a road win over Iowa State and a victory in Columbia against Texas. It’s Texas A&M at home Monday night and then a trip into Waco on Saturday.
7. Kansas (10)
13-2
The Jayhawks are likely to need standout performances from a lot more sources than just Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor in order to hand the Baylor Bears their first loss Monday night.
8. North Carolina (5)
15-3
Not to take anything away from a remarkable performance by the host Seminoles but the Tar Heels’ effort in Tallahassee Saturday during a 33-point shellacking was baffling, to say the least.
9. Michigan State (10)
15-3
Yes, it’s very difficult to win on the road in the Big Ten as Northwestern reinforced by toppling the sizzling Spartans in Evanston on Saturday.
10. Indiana (6)
15-3
The Hoosiers encountered their first real speed bump of the season Sunday afternoon in Columbus.
11. Connecticut (11)
14-3
Andre Drummond continues to play in the kind of dominant fashion within 10 feet of the iron that everyone who saw him play last June and July knew he would.
12. Creighton (12)
13-2
The Blue Jays hit the road for a Wednesday rematch with the only team (Missouri State) to beat them in Missouri Valley Conference action.
13. Virginia (14)
14-2
The Cavaliers are just seven points from being unbeaten and being among the top four-ranked teams in the country. Mike Scott could very well be the ACC Player of the Year.
14. Murray State (15)
18-0
The Racers are going to be challenged by what appears to be the second best club in the Ohio Valley Conference (second-place Southeast Missouri State) Saturday on the road.
15. San Diego State (16)
15-2

Comment: Four days after struggling to edge a one-loss Chicago State squad, the Aztecs knocked off UNLV in a Mountain West Conference opener on Saturday. Go figure. They’ll get their other toughest competition in the conference – the University of New Mexico Lobos – Wednesday in Albuquerque.

16. UNLV (15)
16-3
The Rebels came-oh-so close to leaving San Diego 1-0 in the MWC. They’ll get their turn against the aforementioned New Mexico club Saturday in Las Vegas.

On the cusp: Seton Hall 15-3, Georgetown 14-3, Illinois 15-3, Florida14-4, Mississippi State 15-3, Vanderbilt 13-4, Saint Mary’s 17-2, Harvard 15-2, Marquette 14-4, Kansas State 12-4, Michigan 14-4, Wichita State 14-3, Gonzaga 14-3 and New Mexico 15-2.

TOP PERFORMANCES OF JAN. 9-15

TEAMS: Connecticut (got a come-from-behind home victory over West Virginia and another Big East win in South Bend against Notre Dame), Kentucky (won first road games in more than a month in SEC contests with Auburn and Tennessee), Oregon (road Pac-12 victories over Arizona State and Arizona), Baylor (collected road Big 12 victories against Kansas State and Oklahoma State), Saint Mary’s (three home WCC victories, including 83-62 against Gonzaga), Illinois (topped Ohio State in Champaign, 79-74) and Ohio State (five days after losing at Illinois, the Buckeyes blasted Indiana in Columbus by 17 points).

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Baylor

PLAYERS: Brandon Paul (Illinois/hit 11 of 15 shots – including eight of 10 behind the arc – to score 43 points in his team’s win over Ohio State), Pierre Jackson (Baylor/came off the bench for 28 points, eight rebounds, 19 assists and seven steals in his team’s two road victories), Andre Drummond (Connecticut/hit 14 of 23 shots for 30 points with 24 rebounds, five blocked shots and only two turnovers in wins over West Virginia and Notre Dame) and Anthony Davis (Kentucky/collected 32 points – 13 of 19 from the field – with 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots in SEC wins over Auburn and Tennessee).

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Paul

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That Brandon Paul performance

Was the best individual performance I got to see in college basketball this year. Glad he got his respect due as the player of the week, because he was incredible against Ohio State.

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