By Josh Cochran and Joel Steiner
NCAA Power 16: November 16th

Welcome to our first Power 16 of the 2009-10 season. We’ll be back every Monday with updated rankings and our weekly Games to Watch. Our Power 16 worked in a few glorified exhibitions last week, but the competition heats up this week with several early season tournaments.

Power 16
1. Kansas
America meet Xavier Henry. The freshman stole the show with 27 pts in the Jayhawks’ debut.
2. Kentucky
Eric Bledsoe showed well in his debut with 24 pts and 7 rebs. Can John Wall top him Monday?
3. Michigan St.
This year’s version of Sparty may have more depth than last year. Draymond Green could be a double-double machine this year.
4. Texas
Texas is big, talented and has tremendous depth. Pittman trimmed down and is making more plays.
5. North Carolina
The Heels were a little sloppy against Valpo, perhaps looking ahead to NYC. Can the Heels height overwhelm its opponents and lead them to the 2K title?
6. West Virginia
Devin Ebanks did not suit up for the first game for undisclosed reasons…this may be a concern.
7. Villanova
Big 5 play starts this week. Penn should not pose any problems for Nova though.
8. Purdue
Robbie Hummel looked healthy against the Matadors scoring 17 points in 22 minutes.
9. Ohio St.
Evan Turner gets our nod for Player of the Week averaging 19, 17 and 7. Big match up against the Tar Heels in MSG Thursday.
10. Tennessee
Bruce Pearl’s team is off and running forcing 19 turnovers in their opener.
11. California
The Golden Bears struggled to win a close one vs Murray St, but we’ll know more about this team after its trip to NYC this week.
12. Butler
The Bulldogs had trouble with Davidson in the opener, but this is a talented bunch.
13. Michigan
This team should be 7-0 when they visit Kansas on 12/19.
14. Duke
Duke beat the defending national champs last week by 36. Too bad it was Division II Findlay.
15. Oklahoma
Hope the Sooners are ready to play Saturday night when they visit VCU. This will be a tough test on the road at a Mid-Major.
16. Washington
FR Abdul Gaddy is off to a slow start but SO Isiah Thomas is picking up the slack.

The Next Five: Connecticut, Minnesota, Georgetown, GeorgiaTech, Dayton

Set Your DVR for the Games to Watch:

Tuesday November 17th

Arkansas vs Louisville (Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis) – Rotnei Clarke dropped 51 inthe Razorbacks 130-68 win vs Alcorn St…expect more resistance when they take onthe Cardinals

Gonzaga at Michigan State – Mark Few’s Zags continue their tradition of challenging non-conference games

Memphis vs Kansas (Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis) – Rematch of the 2008 championship game

Wednesday November18th

Butler at Northwestern – We predicted Northwestern as an NCAA tournament team…we’ll get an early gauge Wednesday night when they host Butler

Thursday November19th

Dayton vs GeorgiaTech (Puerto Rico Tip Off) – Dayton should be one of the better mid majors,here’s an early chance to prove it.

Syracuse vs Cal (2KSports Classic) – Cal trying to represent for the Pac 10 as it travels to theEast Coast.

Ohio State vs North Carolina (2K Sports Classic) – Big Ten vs ACC, can the Buckeyes handle Carolina’s frontline? GAME OF THE WEEK

Friday November 20th

2K Sports Classic – Consolation and FinalPuerto Rico Tip Off – Semifinals (Villanova vs Dayton/Georgia Tech)

Saturday November21st

Oklahoma at VCU – Two reasons to watch: Willie Warren and Larry Sanders.

Sunday November 22nd

Puerto Rico Tip Off Final



  1. I’m looking forward to the
    I’m looking forward to the Dayton vs. Georgia Tech game.  I’ve been skeptical about GT going into this season.  I think they are overrated. I could be wrong though.  I think Dayton will beat them.  Should be an interesting game for sure.  We will finally see Derrick Favors in action.

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