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Super Sixteen

By: Jarrod Columnist
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College Basketball Super Sixteen

With several highly ranked teams falling during the past week's action, this week's Super Sixteen sees a slight shake-up at the top....

[ Week of December 8 - 14 ]


North Carolina North Carolina
Playing as well as anybody in the country. Sean May, Jawad Williams, and Rashard McCants are all averaging over 18+ PPG. Raymond Felton is loving it, and so is Roy Williams.
Connecticut Connecticut
Another cupcake week on the schedule before UConn starts to get into the thick of it. The addition of Charlie Villanueva just might make this team unbeatable in the coming weeks.
Duke Duke
Dominated Michigan State on the road in almost every aspect of the game. J.J. Redick needs to find his stroke and keep it for this team to remain this high.
Texas Texas
Continues to roll through the lesser teams in the country. First test of the season comes this week when they play Arizona on Dec. 9th. Should be a fun one.
Missouri Missouri
Showed they could win on the road by pulling off an amazing 21-2 run to end the game at Indiana. Match-up with Gonzaga on Dec. 13th is about as night and day as they come.
Florida Florida
Had a very workmanlike week, winning 3 games against in-state teams. Won’t have it so easy this week when they play Maryland and Louisville.
Kansas Kansas
Desperately needs to find an outside threat. Jeff Hawkins is not the answer. Favorable schedule will keep Kansas in the Top 10 for now.
Arizona Arizona
Lack of depth could become an issue playing both Texas and Marquette this week. The loss of Isaiah Fox surely doesn’t help matters.
Illinois Illinois
Despite Dee Brown’s sub-par performance, they still hung with North Carolina on a so-called “neutral” court. Look for Illinois to climb the rankings in the coming weeks.
Kentucky Kentucky
Inconsistent offense will prove to be costly down the road. Tubby Smith needs to find a go-to-guy offensively, otherwise the losses will soon be coming, and coming often.
St. Joseph's St. Joseph's
St. Joseph’s just continues to win and win and win. Their schedule suggests that it will be a long time before they lose. But then again, who are we kidding? It’s college basketball, they could get blown out by 20 against Boston College.
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
With the emergence of Georgia Tech and North Carolina this season, the ACC has once again established itself as the best conference in American. It will be smooth sailing for Georgia Tech until January.
Oklahoma Oklahoma
Jason Detrick was an amazing 16-19 from the free throw line against Michigan State, but will need more production from Kevin Bookout down low to climb the rankings.
Wake Forest Wake Forest
Impressive wins over Richmond and Indiana last week as they head into their “bye” week still undefeated. Match-up with North Carolina on Dec. 20th will be huge.
Purdue Purdue
Win over Duke looked all the better after Duke trashed in-conference rival Michigan State. Matchup with Oklahoma this week should be a bruiser.
Stanford Stanford
Scrappy win over the Kansas Jayhawks won’t be the measuring stick for the Cardinal this season, but will go a long way come selection time in March.


Texas vs Arizona - Tuesday
Texas vs Arizona

SUMMARY: [ Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden ] Arizona comes into this game with some huge question marks. They just lost Isaiah Fox to knee surgery. With depth being an issue before, it becomes even more of a question mark now. Look for an added emphasis by the Wildcats to get Channing Frye more touches. He is extremely efficient down-low.
Texas will be tested for the first time this season, especially at the point. Without a true point guard, Texas turned the ball over 19 times versus an inferior Wofford squad last week. That will not cut it against the likes of Arizona and the Big 12 conference.

X-FACTOR: Depth: Right now, Arizona is just too thin. Foul trouble could mean absolute disaster for this team. Texas will keep bringing in fresh bodies, wearing down a more athletic Arizona team. Rick Barnes will have his team prepared to handle the pressure.

PREDICTION: Texas 84 – Arizona 74

Purdue vs Oklahoma - Thursday
Florida vs Arizona

SUMMARY: Purdue comes in having one of the best seasons of any team in the country to date. Senior guard Kenneth Lowe leads the Boilermakers, averaging 17.8 PPG. Purdue has been solid in every aspect of the game, and have been getting it done with defense, allowing just 58 PPG.
Oklahoma has had similar success. Freshman point guard Andrew Lavender has done a tremendous job quarterbacking this team, with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.11/1. His backcourt counterpart, Jason Detrick, has been just as good, averaging 16.7 PPG, and shooting 54% from the field.

X-FACTOR: Home Court: Purdue has yet to be tested on the road this season. Oklahoma is one of the toughest places to play in the country. In a game as evenly matched as this one is, home court advantage goes a long way in determining who has the momentum

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 70 – Purdue 67

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