Fri. Jan 18th, 2019

NCAA

College Basketball Power Rankings After a Month: Kansas is the New Number One with Tennessee Right Behind

1. Kansas

Kansas has looked great so far and is in my opinion the best team in the nation right now.  They have beaten Michigan State and Tennessee, two top-10 teams, at neutral sites and have a good win over Marquette.  Lagerald Vick and Dedric Lawson are stars and so is Udoka Azubuike, when he’s on the floor.  Azubuike is playing just about 20 minutes per game right now, sixth on the team, mostly due to foul trouble.  Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson have looked really good and actually play a fairly similar style.  Kansas is in the top 7 in KenPom adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency and do just about everything well.  Stanford took them to overtime last Saturday but Lagerald Vick carried Kansas to a win and the Jayhawks stayed perfect.  Kansas’ next big game is December 15th against Villanova. Continue Reading!

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Recapping Week 3 of College Basketball: Duke Goes Down, Kansas Outlasts Tennessee, Next Week’s Best Games, and More!

Auburn Makes Duke Look Mortal

Before Duke was beaten by Gonzaga the next night, Auburn made them look like they definitely weren’t unbeatable.  Duke won 78-72 but Auburn definitely could have won.  If I were an Auburn fan I would have been extremely frustrated.  Auburn could have pulled off a memorable upset but didn’t because they didn’t box out, threw dumb alley-oops, and tried to match Duke’s style of play.  Nobody has the athleticism to come close to beating Duke at their own game.

Despite these repeated mistakes, the Tigers still looked good.  Jared Harper proved that he is among the best point guards in the country.  He’s an excellent shooter and passer and finished with 22 points and 6 assists while shooting 6-10 from three-point range.  Austin Wiley impressed me off the bench.  The junior center played physical and put up 17 points and 9 rebounds in just 19 minutes. Continue Reading!