NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 11:48am

NCAA Power 16: Feb. 19th

Power 16
1. North Carolina
Tyler Zeller’s return gives them yet another weapon for the tournament.
2. Pittsburgh
Ask Hasheem Thabeet if he would describe Dejuan Blair as an “undersized PF.”
3. Oklahoma
Taking full advantage of the lack of elite teams in the Big 12 this year.
4. Connecticut
The top center in a draft should NEVER get dominated by a guy nine inches shorter.
5. Louisville
Tough to beat when they score like they did against Providence.
6. Clemson
Few big men in the country play as hard on both ends as Trevor Booker.
7. Memphis
Will not see another quality team until the NCAA Tournament.
8. Duke
Lost two in a row…a game with St. John’s will make sure it doesn’t reach three.
9. Marquette
Got the two wins they needed before a hellish final 5-game stretch.
10. Missouri
DeMarre Carroll is the best player in the country that no one knows.
11. Arizona St.
Beat UCLA for the 2nd time this year before crushing USC.
12. Purdue
Jumps back into the Power 16 with a statement win over Izzo’s Spartans.
13. Michigan St.
Morgan’s first game back (14 minutes, 3 points) not the return MSU needed.
14. Dayton
March 5th – Xavier gets its rematch. Look for a Flyer letdown before that.
15. Wake Forest
On Sunday, Wake will have a chance to leapfrog Duke.
16. Kansas
Jayhawks, here’s your warning: Do NOT look past Nebraska with OK coming up.

Honorable Mentions

Villanova (20-5): It’s not really their fault they fell (although the 21-point loss to WVU didn’t help).

UCLA (19-6): A bad trip to the desert (losses to ASU and UA) knocks them out of the Power 16.

Washington (19-6): The best team in Pac-10 conference play at 10-3.

This Week’s Match-ups to Watch:

Thursday, 2/19: #22 Washington @ #20 UCLA – The Bruins try to avenge an 11-point loss to the Huskies back in January.

Sunday, 2/22: #8 Wake Forest @ #9 Duke – Could the Blue Devils possibly lose to another ACC power at Cameron Indoor?

Sunday, 2/22: #12 Villanova @ #24 Syracuse – A battle of two of the Big East’s best guards: Scottie Reynolds and Jonny Flynn.

Monday, 2/23: #15 Kansas @ #2 Oklahoma – Finally, some competition for Blake Griffin and the Sooners.

Wednesday, 2/25: #1 Connecticut @ #10 Marquette – Won’t be #1 come Monday, but the Huskies need to take care of business against a tough Marquette squad.

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