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NCAA Power 16 Rankings

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

Rank (Last Week)
Record
Comment
1. Kentucky (2)
19-1
Next four SEC games (at Georgia and LSU; vs. Tennessee and at South Carolina) vs. likely non-NCAA tourney teams.
2. Syracuse (1)
20-1
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)
17-3
Extensive minutes given to freshmen in Lincoln Saturday could polish depth for down the road use.
4. Missouri (6)
18-1
It can’t get here soon enough – Feb. 4: Kansas at Missouri!
5. Kansas (7)
16-3
The improvement/contributions of center Jeff Withey should never be low-keyed when evaluating the Jayhawks’ success.
6. Duke (9)
16-3
A perplexing stat – the Blue Devils have only three more assists than turnovers (255 to 252).
7. Baylor (3)
17-2
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)
16-3
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)
16-4
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)
18-2
Five games (and counting) before Wichita State comes to Omaha for a Feb. 11 clash of the MVC titans.
11. Murray State (11)
20-0
And the last of the unbeaten teams still standing – the Racers!
12. San Diego State (12)
17-2
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)
18-3
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)
16-4
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)
13-6

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)
15-3
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.

THE TOP PERFORMANCES OF JAN. 16-22

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).

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Taylor

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