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Weekly Tipoff: Who is the No. 2 candidate for player of the year?

After Doug McDermott, the field for the nation's second-best player is up for grabs
Weekly Tipoff: Who is the No. 2 candidate for player of the year?

This season will not be a repeat of J.J. Redick vs. Adam Morrison. Or Jimmer Fredette vs. Kemba Walker.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott is the clear frontrunner for national player of the year honors as one of the nation’s leading scorers for the leader in a major conference.

That’s a testament to McDermott’s season, but also a reflection of the rest of the field. This season has seen some great players, especially in the freshman ranks, but not all of them have been consistent enough to rival McDermott for postseason honors.

College Basketball Key Stats of the Week

Wichita State, Syracuse and Florida continue to set impressive marks
College Basketball Key Stats of the Week: Feb. 18

Syracuse and Wichita State remain undefeated. Doug McDermott scored a bunch. And Florida handled a couple of SEC teams.

On the surface, the last week was pretty typical as far as the 2013-14 season goes.

But behind all those things we’ve come to accept as automatic this season, there are a few interesting numbers to crunch.

Wichita State is the first to do something in a decade. Syracuse may hit a mark that coincides with the dawn of the Jim Boeheim era. And Florida did something it never has during the Billy Donovan era.

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the ACC

Now a factor in football, Duke tops our list
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the ACC in 2014

No league has changed its identity more in recent decades than the ACC.

What was once a regional league dominated by basketball powers, the ACC has looked to the outside to build a league that can match in football. Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech added to football prestige, and now Syracuse represents the ACC atop the basketball rankings.

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.

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