NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 2:10pm

There are all sorts of swell matchups this week, largely due to the ACC-Big Ten hookups.

Tuesday’s action includes Indiana at Syracuse (No. 6), Michigan at Duke (9) and Notre Dame at Iowa.

Wednesday it will be North Carolina at top-ranked Michigan State, Wisconsin (14) at Virginia and Maryland at Ohio State (4).

Another one to watch Monday: Florida (12) at Connecticut (7).

Rank (Last Week)
1. Michigan St. (1)
Keith Appling is oh-so-quietly having a tremendous senior season with Big Ten POY honors definitely a possibility.
2. Kentucky (4)
The final five pre-SEC games should be tough as heck.
3. Kansas (2)
I couldn’t care less about the “struggles” in the Bahamas. This is the team best equipped to win the national title.
4. Ohio State (5)
The balance and efficiency of this team, at both ends of the floor, is still overlooked by many.
5. Arizona (7)
This team has given us a pretty nice example of how half-court defense should be played.
6. Syracuse (8)
Tyler Ennis is playing better than any freshman point guard in the country right now.
7. Connecticut (9)
The team’s top rebounders are guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright – not a good sign, in reality.
8. Wichita State (10)
A question to ponder – Is this as good a team as there is right now?
9. Duke (3)
There isn’t a more effective shooter in college right now than Rodney Hood (.622 FG/.591 3PT/.818 FT).
10. Louisville (12)
Saturday game with Louisiana-Lafayette will draw a lot of NBA scouts’ attention.
11. Oklahoma State (6)
There was never any offensive rhythm Sunday night vs. Memphis. The defensive was sluggish and ineffectual as well.
12. Florida (13)
Monday night game vs. Connecticut is going to feature a terrific battle of backcourts.
13. Iowa State (16)
Dec. 13 home game vs. Iowa is going to be worth watching, even if you don’t have a rooting interest in either program.
14. Wisconsin (16)
Badgers have shown knack for winning tight games. There should be another of those types of affairs Wednesday night.
15. Villanova (NR)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls . . . Here is the “surprise team” of the season so far.

16. Memphis (NR)
The win Sunday night in Orlando may have been the most significant of Josh Pastner’s young head coaching career.

THE NEXT 16 (alphabetically): THE NEXT 16 (alphabetically): Baylor 5-1, BYU 6-2, Charlotte 6-1, Cincinnati 6-0, Colorado 7-1, Gonzaga 7-1, Harvard 7-1, Illinois 7-0, Iowa 7-1, Michigan 5-2, North Carolina 4-2, Oregon 7-0, Pittsburgh 7-0, San Diego State 5-1, UCLA7-0 and Virginia 7-1.


*Arizona: Rallied from 20 down to beat Drexel and then knocked off Duke two nights later in NYC.

*Memphis: Every bit of a 180 turn-around Sunday night from shellacking it took in Stillwater.

*San Diego State: Yes, the Aztecs are definitely in the hunt for the MWC title, thank you very much.

*Syracuse: Went it about its business in no-nonsense fashion in Hawaii.

*Wichita State: That was a very nice win Sunday against a likely NCAA tourney squad in Saint Louis on its home floor.


*Ron Baker (Wichita): The 6-3 sophomore averaged 22 points in wins over DePaul, BYU and Saint Louis.

*CJ Fair (Syracuse): The 6-8 senior forward dropped 24 points on Baylor in the Maui Invitational finale and took the long flight home in possession of MVP hardware.

*Shaq Goodwin (Memphis): The 6-8 sophomore center averaged 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds to help the Tigers capture the Old Spice Classic in Orlando.

*Nick Johnson (Arizona): The 6-2 junior guard got the MVP nod after helping his team to the NIT Tip-Off in Madison Square Garden.

*Xavier Thames (San Diego State): The 6-3 senior point guard looked like a potential MWC POY while earning MVP honors during Aztecs’ Wooden Legacy title run in Orange County.

Frank Burlison has been covering hoops for 30+ years for a variety of publications.

Follow Frank on twitter @FrankieBur. Also make sure to follow his website at College coaching staffs interested in Burlison’s scouting service should contact him at [email protected]

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