Was the Huskies' 84-56 victory over Syracuse Monday night the statement UConn needed to be taken seriously?
2. Kentucky (15-3)
I'm getting the feeling that the SEC is exacting a measure of revenge for last season's perfection.
4. Texas Tech (17-4)
Let the man say whatever he wants; there's adequate precedent that programs don't recover from losing Bobby Knight.
5. Pittsburgh (21-1)
The Panthers are no longer perfect, but certainly deserve to be mentioned among the elite teams as we enter February.
6. Saint Joseph's (19-0)
… But the Red Hawks are. With Joe's most difficult upcoming road tests at UMASS and Rhode Island, don't expect them to lose until April.
8. Georgia Tech (16-5)
It's tough to penalize the Jackets for dropping a few in ACC play, and Tech still has one of the most explosive offenses in the country.
11. Gonzaga (18-2)
Always straddling the line between mid-major and major, the Bulldogs will once again make us wait until Tourney time to see how good they really are.
12. Iowa State (13-5)
The Cyclones are 4-3 in Big 12 play after dropping an embarrassing 75-48 decision to Oklahoma Wednesday.
13. Arizona (14-5)
Saturday's game against Stanford went from ‘would help' status to ‘alright stop losing' after the ‘Cats five-point loss to Cal on Thursday.
14. Texas (15-3)
Look whose back. And look for the Longhorns to stick around for more than a week this time.
16. Syracuse (14-4)
Did the Orangemen get a wake-up call after their 28-point loss at UConn Monday? Maybe, but their real problem is that they've dropped three of their last four.
17. Creighton (17-2)
Even if the Jays beat SIU on Saturday, they'll need to keep beaks clean and do so again in Illinois to likely share the title and earn a Tourney birth.
18. Wisconsin (15-3)
Wisconsin guard Maurice "Boo" Wade was released from jail Thursday on a signature bond a day after his arrest on charges he choked a 19-year-old woman.
20. Louisville (16-3)
The Pitino saga aside, this is a banged-up (and disgruntled) club right now. Getting healthy for March is top priority, not winning in February.
24. Lafayette (16-4)
Lafayette has posted three less losses than St. Joseph's while playing just slightly weaker talent.
25. Dayton (18-3) Beating, or even playing well against Saint Joseph's this week would certainly open the nation's eyes to the Flyers.
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