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College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings

Miracle shot keeps Syracuse in top spot, could rest of the top five change?
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings: Feb. 14

Tyler Ennis made sure Wednesday there wouldn’t be a change atop the Athlon Sports power rankings this weekend.

His unlikely 35-footer as time expired to defeat Pittsburgh keeps Syracuse undefeated and at the No. 1 spot in the power rankings for another week.

College Basketball Key Stats of the Week

Offensive numbers are on the rise for most
College Basketball Key Stats of the Week: Feb. 11

No one is going to confuse today’s game with Paul Westphal’s Loyola Marymount teams, but the tide may be turning.

Scoring had been creeping lower and lower in recent years, to a point where the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee hoped an emphasis on calling hand checking and reinterpreting the block/charge would open up the game.

The returns so far indicate scoring is up, in part because of more free throws and improved efficiency.

College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings: Feb. 7

Syracuse takes over top spot after eventful week
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings: Feb. 7

Determining the top spot this week was easy. Arizona lost. Syracuse won its biggest game of the season. And that’s that.

The rest of the rankings, though, remain difficult to determine. Wichita State, San Diego State and Florida are slicing through their schedules, continuing to move up by attrition.

The top teams in the Big Ten lost last week with Michigan falling to Indiana and Michigan State falling to Georgetown. Meanwhile, teams like Cincinnati and Virginia continued to make us believers with major victories in the last week.

How long can Syracuse and Wichita State remain undefeated? A look back

Where the two unbeatens at this stage stand among others at this point
How long can Syracuse and Wichita State remain undefeated?

Perhaps the greatest threat to Syracuse’s undefeated start won’t be games like Saturday, when the Orange defeated Duke in overtime in a wild atmosphere at the Carrier Dome.

The Freshman 15: College Basketball Freshman Power Rankings Jan. 13

Duke's Parker reclaims top spot thanks to double-double streak
College Basketball Freshman Power Rankings Jan. 13

The race for the national freshman of the year has been in flux for most of the season, which is great news for lists like these.

Jabari Parker started on a hot streak before Aaron Gordon took center stage in a head-to-head matchup between Duke and Arizona. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid have both looked like Kansas’ best freshman at certain times. And the rest of the Big 12 — Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma — have provided candidates for the most underrated freshman of the season.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Duke-Syracuse Matchup is Top Draw

Before Super Bowl Sunday, college basketball could have an eventful Saturday
College Basketball Weekend Preview: Duke-Syracuse Matchup is Top Draw

Take a break from Super Bowl preparations Saturday — and Sunday — to watch a little college basketball. Trust us.

While last weekend was short on top matchups, this week promises plenty of key storylines on heading into the biggest sports day of the year.

The showdown between Duke and Syracuse is the top game of the week as the Blue Devils appear to have solved some of their defensive shortcomings just in time for their first trip to the Carrier Dome.

Weekly Tipoff: Which team could make a surprise Sweet 16 run?

Virginia, Gonzaga and George Washington all look like Tourney sleepers
Weekly Tipoff: Which team could make a surprise Sweet 16 run?

Of all the first-round upsets in last season’s tournament people picked, almost no one took Harvard over New Mexico. La Salle was just as much of a surprising moving from the First Four to the Sweet 16.

And then there’s Florida Gulf Coast.

Surprises are tough enough to figure with the bracket in your hand. In our weekly roundtable, we’ll try anyway as January comes to a close.

Name a team outside the top 25 that could make a run to the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight.

10 Key Stats from the Week in College Basketball

Krzyzewski-Boeheim matchup will be a statistically notable game Saturday
10 Key Stats from the Week in College Basketball Jan. 28

The weekend in college basketball ended with another coaching milestone for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, one he extended Monday with a victory over Pittsburgh.

Saturday, though, will be perhaps just as notable. The first meeting between Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim since the 1998 NCAA regional semifinal will pit two coaches with at least 900 wins at their current schools, and both teams have national title aspirations.

When the two last faced each other Krzyzewski sat on 431 wins at Duke (and added one with a win over Syracuse) while Boeheim had 528 at Syracuse.

College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 24

Duke making move up the rankings. Can it continue?
College Basketball Pre-Weekend Power Rankings Jan. 24

Recent weeks have presented the classic conundrum for those who spend time ranking teams: Do you rank a team based on what they have been all season, what they can be or what they are right now?

Tough life, right?

Teams like Wisconsin and Iowa State have seen winning streaks turn into losing streaks. Right now, clearly, they’re not very good, but the body of work suggests they’re still among the best in the country.

ACC Basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

North Carolina's big wins puts Heels among elite top three
ACC Basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Let’s get this out of the way: The greatest conference in college basketball history the ACC is not. ... yet.

Don’t blame the powerhouses, though. Even though North Carolina has two losses it would like to forget, the Tar Heels have three wins as good as anyone in the country. Meanwhile, Syracuse and Duke are contending for the ACC and probably more thanks to the play of key freshmen — Jabari Parker at Duke and Tyler Ennis at Syracuse.

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