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10 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Feb. 18-24

Georgetown's Otto Porter enters National Player of the Year discussion with effort vs. Syracuse
<p> Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Feb. 18-24</p>

These days, it takes a special effort to defeat Syracuse or Colorado State on their home courts.

The Orange and the Rams have owned their arenas, with home winning streaks of 38 and 27 games, respectively. Both of those streaks ended Saturday thanks to dominating performances from two players.

College basketball freshman of the year: Bennett, McLemore, Smart enter the debate

With Nerlens Noel hurt, freshmen from Kansas, Oklahoma State and UNLV step to the forefront
<p> College basketball freshman of the year: Bennett, McLemore, Smart enter the debate</p>

Like just about everything else this college basketball season, the National Freshman of the Year race is a bit of a mess.

A week ago, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel could have been considered a frontrunner, not only for the top freshman, but also the National Defensive Player of the Year. His season-ending injury likely takes him out of the running.

College Basketball Bracket Update: Big 12, Tourney implications for Kansas, Oklahoma State

Conference frontrunner status is on the line in the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and more
<p> Conference frontrunner status is on the line in the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and more</p>

A wild college basketball season has an eventful week ahead of it.

Entering Tuesday, 11 conferences had ties atop their leagues -- either outright ties or teams tied in the wins or losses column. And these aren’t obscure conferences either: The Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and Mountain West are all crowded at the top.

College Basketball Power Rankings: Indiana, Michigan State square for top three matchup

Michigan State moves into the top three. Could Sparty claim No. 1 this week?
<p> College Basketball Power Rankings: Indiana, Michigan State square for top three matchup</p>

Another week, another Big Ten showdown with national implications.

With a five-game win streak including last week’s 75-52 rout of Michigan, Michigan State has gone from sneaky Final Four contender to potential No. 1 seed. The Spartans, who moved from No. 9 to No. 3 in our rankings this week, will have their chance to test that in their second meeting with Indiana this season.

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?

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 Bracket Update: Jan. 23

UCLA, Arizona try to regain footing in Pac-12 race while Miami looks to make statement
<p> UCLA, Arizona try to regain footing in Pac-12 race while Miami looks to make statement in this week's Bracket Update</p>

As the college basketball season nears the end of the first month of the new year, the standings still reveal a handful of surprises.

Instead of Arizona and UCLA, Oregon is atop the Pac-12. Ole Miss is undefeated in the SEC, though the Rebels have yet to run into the Florida steamroller. Meanwhile, Miami is the only team unscathed in ACC play.

10 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 14-20

Butler has a flair for the dramatic, Brad Stevens does not
<p> Butler's buzzer-beating finish over Gonzaga headlines this week's top stats, also Florida's dominance, struggles for point guards at Louisville and Missouri, and a clutch point guard performance from Syracuse.</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 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.

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