Rank (Last Week)
1. Kentucky (1)
Someone will give the Wildcats a “test” in the SEC Tourney . . . won’t they?
2. Syracuse (2)
The Orange could face the team that showed it the NCAA Tourney exit (Marquette) last spring in the Big East final Saturday night in NYC.
3. Kansas (3)
All in all, a third game with Missouri seems inevitable in Big 12 tourney finale.
4. Missouri (5)
In wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech, the Tigers showed no ill effects from loss to Kansas.
5. North Carolina (7)
The Tar Heels got some revenge – and then some – in Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday night.
6. Duke (6)
One way to look at ACC Tourney – the Blue Devils seem to play better away from Durham, anyway, this season.
7. Ohio State (8)
The Buckeyes are the 3 seed but should be considered solid favorites to win Big 10 Tourney title.
8. Michigan State (4)
The season-ending injury to freshman Branden Dawson was the biggest loss suffered Sunday against Ohio State.
9. Marquette (9)
Knocking off Georgetown by 14 points was an impressive way to roll into the Big East Tournament.
10. Creighton (11)
As good as Doug McDermott was, the Bluejays were able to hold off Illinois State Sunday because of the shooting of Grant Gibbs.
11. Wichita State (8)
The NCAA Committee shouldn’t punish (via seedings) the Shockers too much for that semifinal hiccup vs. Illinois State Saturday.
12. Murray State (12)
The Racers will have plenty of time to fine-tune the engine while waiting to find out who they play in the NCAA Tourney.
13. Indiana (13)
The Hoosiers won their final four games by an average margin of 16 points.
14. Iowa State (14)
Six-eight, 270-pound Royce White (5.2 assists per game) is one of the best passing posts in the country.
15. Florida State (15)

Trivia Time – the Seminoles scored as many as 70 points just once in eight February games.

16. Wisconsin (NR)
Winning final three games (vs. Ohio State, Minnesota and Illinois) has to bode well for conference tourney momentum.

On the Cusp: Michigan 23-8, Georgetown 22-7, Kansas State 21-9, Drexel 27-5, VCU 27-6, San Diego State 24-6, UNLV 25-7, Notre Dame 21-10, Baylor 25-6, Memphis 23-8, Cincinnati 22-9, New Mexico 24-6, Saint Mary’s 26-5, Louisville 22-9, Gonzaga 25-5, Temple 24-6, Virginia 22-8, Harvard 26-4, Florida 22-9, Vanderbilt 21-10 and Nevada 25-5.


TEAMS: Ohio State (rallied from 15 points down to win at Michigan State in Big Ten finale); Creighton (won MVC tourney title); Kentucky (wrapped up SEC regular season with home win over Georgia and win at Florida); San Diego State (closed with four consecutive wins to share MWC regular-season title with New Mexico but gain the No. 1 seed in conference tourney); Penn (has won seven in a row going into regular-season finale at Princeton on Tuesday; a Quakers’ win means a one-game playoff with Harvard for the right to represent the Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament); UCLA (closed regular seasons with wins over Washington State and Washington to secure No. 5 seed in Pac-12 tourney); North Carolina (cruised to win at Duke Saturday night to clinch ACC title; hammered Maryland by 24 points earlier in the week); Memphis (knocked off Central Florida and Tulsa to win Conference USA by two games).

TEAM OF THE WEEK: North Carolina

PLAYERS: Anthony Davis (Kentucky/15.5 ppg, 10 rpg and eight blocked shots in wins over Georgia and Florida); Will Barton (Memphis/Had 24 ppg, 10 rpg, four apg, 2 bpg in wins over Central Florida and Tulsa); Mike Scott (Virginia/Scored career-best 35 points with 11 rebounds in 75-72 win at Maryland on Sunday; had 28 points and 10 rebounds in three-point loss at Florida State on Thursday); Tyler Zeller (North Carolina/had 24.5 ppg and 9 rpg in games with Maryland and Duke, including career-high 30 vs. Terps).


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1 Comment

  1. Nice to see Barton getting

    Nice to see Barton getting some love, looking forward to seeing what they can do in the tournament, could surprise some people. I wonder if his draft stock will ever start reflecting his great play.

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