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NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 12:37pm


The 2013-14 season opened in nifty fashion, with the heavily touted double-dip in Chicago last Tuesday night proving to be quite worthy of all the pre-hyperbole – as did the mega-frosh who were on display.

This week’s feature game figures to be the Oklahoma State (No. 7) vs. Memphis (10) in Stillwater that could be re-played a week later in Orlando as part of the Old Spice Classic.

The games that are a part of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off could be pretty cool, as well, notably a likely Virginia Commonwealth (No. 13) vs. Michigan (No. 14) semifinal clash Friday that would be a rematch, of sorts, of the Round of 32 contest of the NCAA Tournament won by the Wolverines last March.

Rank (Last Week)
Record
Comment
1. Michigan St. (1)
3-0
Opened the week by knocking off the perceived “most talented team in the country” then struggled to rally past Columbia at home. Go figure.
2. Kansas (2)
3-0
I lost track of how many guys Bill Self put into the game. And they all contributed significantly vs. Duke.
3. Duke (3)
2-1
Will Jabari Parker and Amile Jefferson be the Blue Devils’ primary low-post threats all season?
4. Kentucky (4)
3-1
The Wildcats will overwhelm most teams they face. But to knock off the really good opponents, Andrew Harrison will have to become a very good point guard.
5. Ohio State (6)
3-0
It was a tad painful to watch at times but the Buckeyes’ defensive effort at Marquette Saturday was truly impressive.
6. Louisville (7)
3-0
A better team than last season? It will take awhile to determine that but it sure looks a bit deeper, right?
7. Oklahoma State (9)
3-0
The Tuesday tilt with Memphis should reveal a lot about both teams.
8. Arizona (10)
3-0
It didn’t get as much attention, nationally, as it warranted but the win at San Diego State was among the most impressive of road wins so far.
9. Syracuse (12)
3-0
One of six ACC teams with 3-0 records – none of which are named Duke or North Carolina.
10. Memphis (14)
1-0
Its touted freshman class will get a taste of major college hoops against Oklahoma State.
11. Connecticut (15)
4-0
Could 6-1 Shabazz Napier (13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game) average a triple-double? It’s very unlikely but kind of cool to consider, eh?
12. Wichita State (16)
4-0
The “real” test for this club comes on Dec. 1 against Saint Louis.
13. VCU (NR)
3-0
The Rams proved what they are made up last Tuesday night in Charlottesville.
14. Michigan (11)
2-1
That wasn’t exactly an awful loss in Ames when one surmises that Iowa State may be vastly underrated, nationally.
15. North Carolina (5)
2-1

The Tar Heels certainly let things slip away when they seemed “salted away” down the stretch on Sunday.

16. Florida (8)
2-1
As the case with North Carolina and a few other short-handed teams right now, we have yet to set the “real” Gators.

THE NEXT 16 (alphabetically): Baylor (3-0), BYU (4-0), Colorado (3-1), Creighton (3-0), Gonzaga (3-0), Harvard (3-0), Indiana (4-0), Iowa (4-0), Iowa State (3-0), New Mexico (2-0), Oregon (2-0), Pittsburgh (3-0), UCLA (2-0), Virginia (2-1), Wisconsin (3-0) and Xavier (3-0).

TEAMS OF THE WEEK:

Arizona (win at San Diego State);

Belmont (stunner at North Carolina);

Kansas (victory against Duke);

Michigan State (held off Kentucky);

Virginia Commonwealth (win at Virginia).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

Melvin Ejim (Iowa State) – The senior forward, making his debut after missing the team’s first two games with a hyper-extended knee, scored 22 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals in the Cyclones’ victory over Michigan;

Treveon Graham (VCU) – The junior swingman averaged 17.5 points and grabbed 6.5 rebounds in wins against Virginia and Winthrop, including the winning 3-pointer in the former;

Jabari Parker (Duke) – The 6-8 freshman average 23.3 points and 8.3 rebounds over his first three games, including 27 and nine in the loss to Kansas Tuesday night;

Julius Randle (Kentucky) – After a wobbly first half (two points and five turnovers) against Michigan State , the left-handed, 245-pounder finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to the top-ranked Spartans;

Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) – Despite being on the floor for only 25 minutes (largely because of first-half foul issues), Wiggins finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, and seemingly made every big play down the stretch, as the Jayhawks knocked off the Blue Devils.

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I still think Kentucky is the

I still think Kentucky is the best team and will be the best team come tournament time. They lost to Mich St. by only two, and Randle had 8 TOs, and the Harrison brothers were throwing bricks. Their transition defense will improve as they play together more.

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