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College Basketball Bracket Update: Kansas, Pittsburgh face tests this week

After home loss, Bill Self and Kansas hit road; Can Pittsburgh win on the road?
<p> After home loss, Bill Self and Kansas hit road; Can Pittsburgh win on the road?</p>

Is it time to start celebrating or time to start worrying?

Those are the questions fans of a handful of teams will start asking over the next month or so of the season. Are NCAA bids or conference contender status being locked up? Or for other teams, are the wheels to a satisfying season starting to fall off?

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College Basketball Power Rankings: Indiana returns to top spot, Miami makes move

Hoosiers back at No. 1 after Michigan win, but Miami is in rare territory
<p> The Hoosiers back at No. 1 after Michigan win, but Miami is in rare territory in the top five.</p>

Another week, another No. 1 in the Athlon Sports college basketball power rankings.

For the third week in a row, we have a new team in the top spot following Duke two weeks ago, then Michigan. We return to an old friend at No. 1 in Indiana, who defeated the Wolverines 81-73 on Saturday.

College Basketball Midseason Report: All-Americans and Championship Picks

In Part Two of our midseason report we look at individual superlatives and pick every conference
<p> We're halfway to the start of the Final Four and the Player of the Year race is as cloudy as the race for the top spot. Trey Burke, Phil Pressey, Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Doug McDermott and more are all in consideration.</p>

One of the critiques of the 2012-13 college basketball season has been a lack of eye-popping players vying for player of the year awards. Think of Player of the Year performances and competitions in recent years by Anthony Davis, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Tyler Hansbrough and Michael Beasley.

Adding to the confusion, the top prospect for the NBA Draft is unsettled, too.

College Basketball Bracket Update and Power Rankings: Jan. 16

Louisville looks to retain top spot nationally against shorthanded Syracuse
<p> Syracuse's road trip to Louisville is the week's most important game, but Mountain West contenders will be in the spotlight along with Maryland and Creighton.</p>

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the whispers: Bracketology, bubble watch, resumes, seeding, RPI.

The college basketball season is halfway through January and the conference races are starting to be determined. Though most conferences have only made a dent into league play, we have a pretty good idea of which leagues are going to have a ton of bids (Big Ten) and which are not (SEC).

8 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 7-13

The week was not a good one for undefeated teams as Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming lost
<p> The final four undefeated teams -- Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming -- lost in a five-day span. Meanwhile, Indiana held off a late rally by Minnesota, and a Texas A&amp;M guard made history at Rupp Arena.</p>

With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:

College Basketball Game of the Week Preview: Kansas at Ohio State

Aaron Craft, Jeff Withey show defensive prowess in top-10 matchup
<p> Ohio State hopes to reverse trend against this Kansas in top-10 matchup.</p>
Kansas center Jeff Withey

In the big picture, Kansas’ trip to Ohio State on Saturday is simply a good game against two top-10 teams, a national title contender visiting another title contenders gym.

College Basketball's Early Season Conference Review: Big 12

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the Big 12 stands so far.
<p> Kansas and Oklahoma State have distinguished themselves in a down year for the Big 12. Will Baylor and others find their identity?</p>

The first month or so of the season has been a strange one for the Big 12. Somehow, the league that boasts a solid Kansas team, a team that beat Kentucky in Lexington and a contender for freshman of the year is having an identity crisis.

Few Big 12 teams seem to be in a rhythm so far this season. Maybe that’s to be expected -- Baylor has a handful of new freshmen, Texas is missing a key player, and West Virginia and Iowa State have an influx of transfers.

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