Power Rankings: College Basketball
Ohio State has been knocked for its lack of depth--the Buckeyes basically have a six-man rotation. Still, they have arguably the best player in the country in Jared Sullinger and a great Robin to his Batman in William Buford. Last week's home loss to Michigan State, in which the Buckeyes scored only 48 points was eye-opening, but the Buckeyes will be fine--and mighty dangerous come March.
7. Michigan State Spartans (20-5)
Michigan State has had a very strange season. The Spartans opened with a pair of losses against North Carolina and Duke (nothing earth-shattering there), then proceeded to win 15 straight before losing three of their last eight. However, the Spartans have won three straight, including victories over Michigan and at Ohio State. Tonight's matchup with Wisconsin should be very telling of the Spartans. One thing is definitely for sure: Tom Izzo knows how to coach in March, so Michigan State can't be counted out come March Madness.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (22-4)
I wouldn't be surprised if North Carolina won the National Championship and I also wouldn't be surprised if the Tar Heels were that No. 2 seed being upset by a No. 15 seed in the first round. Roy Williams' team is difficult to dissect. With Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and company, they have as much talent as anyone in the country, but sometimes they forget to show up. For example, the Jan. 14 33-point loss at Florida State, and in the last 10 minutes at home versus Duke, when they seemed to have the game in hand. Still, the Tar Heels lead the nation in scoring and rebounding, so this team is no slouch.
9. Baylor Bears (22-4)
Baylor is definitely hoping that Kansas and Missouri are as far from them in the bracket as possible come Selection Sunday. The Bears are 0-4 against the Jayhawks and Tigers this season and 22-0 against everyone else. Baylor lacks the quality wins of some of the other top-tier schools, but has absolutely crushed lower-level competition. How might Scott Drew's Bears respond to adversity come March?
10. Georgetown Hoyas (19-5)
Georgetown doesn't win pretty, but they win. The Hoyas have the best defense in the Big East, and might be a top-five team had their overtime loss at Syracuse last week gone the other way. Georgetown boasts quality wins over Memphis, Alabama, Louisville and Marquette, and while it would take a minor miracle for the the Hoyas to win the Big East, I would not be surprised to seem them give the Orange a run for its money at Madison Square Garden during the Big East Tournament.