1. Syracuse (59) 27-2 1,618
2. Kansas (6) 27-2 1,550
3. Kentucky 27-2 1,493
4. Duke 25-4 1,415
5. Kansas State 24-4 1,377
6. Ohio State 23-7 1,232
7. Purdue 24-4 1,169
8. New Mexico 27-3 1,151
9. Villanova 23-5 1,143
10. West Virginia 22-6 1,024
11. Michigan State 22-7 960
12. Butler 26-4 762
13. Vanderbilt 22-6 741
14. Brigham Young 26-4 633
15. Wisconsin 21-7 625
16. Tennessee 21-7 615
17. Pittsburgh 22-7 612
18. Gonzaga 24-5 554
With there still being one day left in the weekend we've gout ourselves quite the question: who should be the nation's top-ranked team when the new polls are released on Monday? The top two teams, Kansas and Kentucky, went on the road Saturday and return to their respective campuses with losses. The Jayhawks fell to an Oklahoma State team likely one marquee win away from sewing up an NCAA bid 85-77 as they were unable to slow down James Anderson (27 points, eight rebounds) and three other Cowboys who finished in double figures.
Touted as the "Game of the Year" in the Big East, either Villanova or Syracuse will take a step towards a regular season title in front of what's expected to be the largest crowd in Carrier Dome history. The Wildcats bounced back from two straight losses to beat USF earlier this week while the Orange outran a Providence squad whose defense would be complimented if described as a "speed bump". Can the Wildcats find enough open looks (that they want) against the tough Syracuse zone?
Saturday is full of huge hardwood matchups, and just when you're done shaking off the hoops hangover the next day, a potential Big Ten title game stares you right in the face on Sunday afternoon.
Kentucky and Tennessee get things started at noon (CBS) Saturday. The Vols are looking to avenge a loss in Lexington two weeks ago, and they just might pull it off this time.
This time around Syracuse didn't wait to get going against Georgetown, racing out to a 20-6 lead in the game's first six minutes. Things didn't get much better for the Hoyas despite Chris Wright scoring 12 first half points as they went into the locker room trailing by thirteen (44-31), and the Orange increased the lead to as many as 23 points (60-37) by the time the second half was less than eight minutes old.
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