No. 1 Arizona (17-0, 1st in Pac-12)
Arizona has been lights out, destroying their competitors by up to 50 points. They have had only one real test so far with a game back in November against Duke who was No. 6 at the time. They proved to be as good as there rank and won by 6.
Averaging 75 points a game, the wildcats real weapon is their work on the boards. With 40 rebounds per game, they are able to win the battle for balls off the glass and get second chance points. Freshman Aaron Gordon is the best rebounder of this team. Averaging 8 rebounds and 16 points a game, Aaron Gordon has been a big reason why this team has been successful and looks like they can keep it up. They have only two games coming up against a ranked team and that is against No. 21 Colorado.
No. 2 Syracuse (17-0, 1st in ACC)
The Orange showed some signs of struggling against teams like St. Francis Brooklyn but then proved otherwise against No.18 Baylor, No. 8 Villanova and UNC. They looked promising after winning the EA Sports Maui Invitational beating both Baylor and Minnesota in the process.
They have players at all positions that can put up points and carry the team on a run like C.J. Fair and Trevor Cooney but who might be most impressive is the freshman Tyler Ennis who might be the best point guard in the country right now. With almost 12 points per game he gives Syracuse a shooting weapon but also he creates opportunities with close to 6 assist per game. With a home and home serious with Duke including the highly anticipated game at the Carrier Dome, the Orange don’t have it easy down the stretch.
No. 5 Wichita State (1st in Missouri Valley Conference)
The Shockers barely made it away with a win at Missouri State on Saturday with a 3 point win in OT. That wasn’t their first close game of the season. Many say that this team will maker it to the tournament perfect and there is a very good chance of that seeing the don’t have a single ranked team on their schedule. They might have their hardest test in Indiana State who is shooting an impressing .487 percent which is 21 in the NCAA. Indiana State beat Notre Dame already this season as well. If they can make it past that I think try can easily stay perfect.
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