NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 10:52am

Rank (Last Week)
1. Kentucky (2)
Next four SEC games (at Georgia and LSU; vs. Tennessee and at South Carolina) vs. likely non-NCAA tourney teams.
2. Syracuse (1)
How quickly can Jim Boeheim’s formerly top-ranked crew bounce back from its first loss? We will not have long to find out – the Orange faces a tough Cincinnati club on the road Monday night.
3. Ohio State (4)
Extensive minutes given to freshmen in Lincoln Saturday could polish depth for down the road use.
4. Missouri (6)
It can’t get here soon enough – Feb. 4: Kansas at Missouri!
5. Kansas (7)
The improvement/contributions of center Jeff Withey should never be low-keyed when evaluating the Jayhawks’ success.
6. Duke (9)
A perplexing stat – the Blue Devils have only three more assists than turnovers (255 to 252).
7. Baylor (3)
Bears’ “defense” bordered on non-existent in season’s first losses (to Kansas and Missouri) last week. It better show marketable improvement Wednesday night in Norman.
8. North Carolina (8)
The loss of a second key player (starting guard Dexter Strickland last week; superb jump shooter Leslie McDonald was sidelined late in the summer) to a torn ACL has severely hampered the program’s depth/perimeter/scoring.
9. Michigan State (9)
How tight is the Big Ten race? The Spartans are one six teams that are either tied for first or within a game of the lead.
10. Creighton (12)
Five games (and counting) before Wichita State comes to Omaha for a Feb. 11 clash of the MVC titans.
11. Murray State (11)
And the last of the unbeaten teams still standing – the Racers!
12. San Diego State (12)
The Aztecs take to the road this week to play a couple of MWC clubs (Wyoming, Tuesday, and Colorado State, Saturday) that are much better than most non-MWC followers realize.
13. UNLV (14)
If the Rebels take care of their business on the road, they’ll return as members of the 20-win club with three days to spare in January.
14. Indiana (10)
The Hoosiers, after a nifty second-half performance at home against Penn State on Sunday, play three of their next four outside of Bloomington.
15. Florida State (NR)

Since their ACC-opening, 20-point loss to Clemson, the Seminoles are 4-0 – including a sweep of North Carolina and Duke!

16. Virginia (13)
After playing so well on the road all season the Cavaliers stumbled at home Sunday (47-45) to a Virginia Tech club that lost its first four ACC games.

Michael Kidd-GilchristMichael Kidd-GilchristOn the cusp: Connecticut 14-5, Georgetown 16-3, Florida 15-4, Mississippi State 16-4, Saint Mary’s 19-2, Illinois 15-5, Saint Louis 15-4, Harvard 16-2, Marquette 16-4, Gonzaga 16-3, Kansas State 14-4, North Carolina State 15-5, Dayton 14-5, Michigan 15-5, Wichita State 17-3, West Virginia 15-5, Wisconsin 16-5.


TEAMS: Kansas (gave Baylor its first loss; won at Texas), Notre Dame (stunned Syracuse after losing at Rutgers), Ohio State (beat Indiana and Nebraska by a collective 51 points), San Diego State (beat TCU and New Mexico by a collective 40 points) and Florida State (snapped Duke’s 45-game winning streak after a 14-point win over Maryland).

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Florida State

PLAYERS: Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas/scored 50 points in wins over Baylor and Texas, with seven rebounds and 10 assists), Kevin Jones (West Virginia/scored 51 points with 20 rebounds in wins against Marshall and Cincinnati) and Michael Snaer (Florida State/hit a combined 33 points in wins over Maryland and Duke, including game-winning 3 vs. the Blue Devils).


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