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.
The 10th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will attempt to put some distance between themselves and their first loss in two months, as they welcome the Houston Cougars to Fifth Third Arena for an American Athletic Conference clash.
With a win over a top-10 team for the first time since 1987, three victories against top-25 clubs this season, and an unbeaten record at home, the SMU Mustangs are certainly worthy of being ranked come Monday.