NCAA Power 16 Rankings

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:56am

The annual December clash of the ACC and Big Ten provides us with most of our tastiest post-Thanksgiving Weekend dishes.

First and absolutely foremost among those takes place in Chapel Hill Tuesday night where the top-ranked University of Maryland Terps will take on the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels.

Then, Wednesday night, it will be the unbeaten (and certainly “untested”) Louisville Cardinals trekking it into East Lansing for a real test vs. No. 6 Michigan State – which has aced all of its tests so far.

Also on tap Wednesday night: Indiana (stunned twice in Maui last week) visiting No. 9 Duke and No. 12 Syracuse playing host to Wisconsin.

This week’s Power 16 breakdown, by conference: ACC four, Big 12 four, Big East three, SEC two, Big 10 two and WCC one.

Rank (Last week's rank)
1. Maryland (1)
The going gets a lot tougher this week but it’s hard to fault anything about the Terps’ play during their wins over Rhode Island and Cleveland State.
2. Kentucky (2)
The Wildcats will improve to 7-0 Monday night against Illinois State in Lexington before heading to Southern California – Westwood, specifically – in an attempt to go 8-0 Thursday night.
3. Iowa St. (5)
In decent position to take a 9-0 mark into Cincinnati on Dec. 22.
4. Oklahoma (9)
The Dec. 7 contest with Villanova shapes up as a humdinger of sorts, doesn’t it?
5. Villanova (7)
“Tightest” margin of victory so far: 14 points against Stanford.
6. Michigan St. (11)
The Spartans spent Thanksgiving weekend in Orange County; they came away with a tourney title and Coach Tom Izzo checked wins No.’s 500-02 into his overhead compartment on the flight home.
7. North Carolina (12)
That stunning loss to Northern Iowa will become a lot less relevant if the Tar Heels toppled former ACC foe Maryland Tuesday night.
8. Kansas (14)
The Jayhawks will get some major league reinforcements (aka, “Cheick Diallo”) Tuesday night against Loyola-Maryland.
9. Duke (15)
Freshman Luke Kennard seems to finally have re-discovered that nifty shooting touch that he brought to Durham with him.
10. Virginia (NR)
Since stumbling at George Washington the Cavaliers have knocked off four teams by an average margin of 25.8 points.
11. Xavier (NR)
A combined 48 points separated the Musketeers and their three Orlando opponents.
12. Syracuse (NR)
The Orange delivered an emphatic statement in the Bahamas, didn’t they?
13. Gonzaga (4)
The relative “newcomers” in the Bulldogs’ backcourt (Silas Melson and Josh Perkins) seem to be progressing nicely.
14. Texas A&M (NR)
There seems to be more challengers to Kentucky in the SEC than of late. This is one of them.
15. Providence (NR)
The Friars have more to offer than “just Kris Dunn” as them demonstrated during the John R. Wooden Legacy.
16. West Virginia (NR)
The walloping the Mountaineers gave San Diego State over the weekend in Las Vegas was eye-catching, to say the least.

ON THE CUSP: Arizona 6-1, Cincinnati 7-0, George Washington 6-1, Louisville 5-0, Miami 5-1, Oregon 5-0, Purdue 6-0, SMU 4-0, Utah 5-1 and Vanderbilt 5-1.


*Wayne Selden (Kansas): He hit 20 of his 30 shots in Lahaina, including 12 of 17 from behind the arc.

*Denzel Valentine (Michigan State): It’s two weeks in a row in this category after he averaged 26.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists in three John R. Wooden Legacy games.

*Henry Ellenson (Marquette): The 6-10 freshman had quite a week, too, averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots in wins over North Carolina State, Arizona State and Jackson State.

*Michael Gbinije (Syracuse): The second-year transfer from Duke had a big week in the Bahamas, dropping 21.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the Orange’s run to the championship.

*Georges Niang (Iowa State): The senior forward averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists during his squad’s wins against Virginia and Illinois.

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

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wayne selden is starting to

wayne selden is starting to look like a 1st rounder once again.he's averaging 17 pts/3assts/3rbs/1stl /54%fg and making 3s.

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