2014 college basketball power rankings: Florida No. 1, Wichita State No. 2 in Savory Sixteen

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida keeps its top spot, Wichita State moves up, a bunch of teams deserve No. 3 and No. 7, and the surprise inclusion of the week is a team that wears baby blue.

No. 1: Florida (25-2, 14-0 SEC)

Last Week: Let Auburn be Auburn, 71-66; quelled Mississippi, 75-71.
Best Wins: vs. Kansas, at Kentucky, vs. Memphis (neutral site), at Arkansas, at Tennessee
Losses: at Wisconsin, at Connecticut
EfficiencHeat Check1: 1.16 points per possession (PPP), 1.05 PPP allowed

Florida's margins have been getting shaved down of late: The EfficiencHeat Check had the Gators beating SEC teams by 0.31 PPP in the first edition of the Savory Sixteen, by 0.26 PPP two weeks ago, and 0.16 PPP last week, before that figure dwindled to 0.11 this week, over a span covering four single-digit wins. But a funny thing happened on the way to Florida losing enough ground to fall from the top spot here, as the Gators earned pole position in the real college basketball rankings by merely winning as every other team (well, except one) in similarly rarefied air lost.

And another thing happened, too: Florida, in February, has morphed from a defense-first team with an array of withering defensive approaches into a terrifyingly balanced team that now sits No. 9 in both offensive and defensive efficiency at KenPom.

After holding six of their eight January foes under 1.00 points per possession, the Gators have allowed five of seven February foes to top it — but they've also put up at least 1.08 PPP in all seven of their February games, and have been at or above 1.19 PPP in five of their last six games. And they haven't done it in just one way: Florida was under 50 percent in Effective Field Goal Percentage in four of its seven February games, but compensated with Free Throw Rates of better than 50 percent in three of those four games. In the fourth, Florida's win at Tennessee, the Gators grabbed 43.2 percent of available offensive rebounds, forced 15 turnovers, and held the Vols to 24 points and 29.2 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

Florida rounding into form, and the sort of rounded team that wins titles — seven of the 19 teams that have finished in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency in the KenPom era have won national titles, including the last two champs — should probably be the thing to note with the Gators, not close wins over teams that have shot the lights out. The Gators got significant help to beat Auburn on Tuesday, sure, but Auburn was also tied with the Gators when Asauhn Dixon-Tatum fouled Patric Young, and Florida finished the game on a 5-0 run — not unlike many of the runs Florida's been finishing on lately.

No. 2: Wichita State (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week: Corralled Loyola Chicago, 88-74; dogged Drake, 83-54.
Best Wins: at Saint Louis, vs. Tennessee, vs. BYU (neutral site), at Indiana State
Losses: What are those?
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.25 PPP, 0.99 PPP allowed

Would Wichita State losing to a Missouri Valley Conference team — and, thus, not becoming the first team since 1990-91 UNLV to make the NCAA Tournament with zero losses — actually be more surprising than Syracuse losing to Boston College?

The Shockers haven't been playing with fire like Syracuse was entering last week, having won their last four games by double digits and their last 12 games by at least seven points. They've already been through their toughest games, taking care of a week with road trips to Indiana State and Northern Iowa with a soupçon of drama, if that. Boston College, despite its 7-20 record and triple-digit KenPom rating, would have the third-best KenPom rating in the MVC.

And it's not like Wichita State's playing poorly compared to the best teams in the country: It's No. 8 in KenPom, has been outside the top 10 only very briefly in February, has the second-best EfficiencHeat Check margin this week, and has the sort of balance (No. 16 in offensive efficiency, No. 13 in defensive efficiency) that past mid-majors would have loved to have. I doubt Wichita State would beat Florida, the team with an even better balance of elite offense and defense, and I think Wichita State probably wouldn't be favored by bookmakers against a few of the teams that follow it here, but I'm okay with giving the Shockers No. 2 until those teams can prove that they can win more than a few games in a row while dragging through February.

No. 3: Arizona (25-2, 12-2 Pac-12)

Last Week: Outlasted Utah, 67-63 (OT); buffaloed Buffaloes, 88-61, at Colorado.
Best Wins: vs. Duke (neutral site), at Michigan, at UCLA, at San Diego State, vs. Arizona State
Losses: at California, at Arizona State
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.05 PPP, 0.92 PPP allowed

No. 4: Kansas (21-6, 12-2 Big 12)

Last Week: Survived Home Texas Tech, 64-63; sawed off Texas, 85-64.
Best Wins: vs. Duke (neutral site), vs./at Iowa State, vs. Texas, vs. Oklahoma State, at Oklahoma
Losses: vs. Villanova (neutral site), at Colorado, at Florida, vs. San Diego State, at Texas, at Kansas State
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.24 PPP, 0.99 PPP allowed

Arizona, Kansas, Duke, and Syracuse should really share one spot, given the four-team pack of really talented teams with occasional bad losses they comprise. But, for a variety of reasons — it's easier to discuss two teams at a time, both Arizona and Kansas have wins over Duke, neither Arizona nor Kansas lost this past week — I'll give Arizansas the first pair of spots. Because Arizona's beaten Colorado twice, and Kansas lost to the Buffs — when they still had Spencer Dinwiddie, it is important to note — the 'Cats go first.

Arizona's still sort of figuring out life without Brandon Ashley, and starting Gabe York against Utah was not an offensive panacea. But feeding Aaron Gordon against Colorado totally worked, and not just because Gordon had the weekend's four flashiest points on a thunderous oop and a breakaway reverse.

Gordon had 23 points against the Buffs, posting his new career high on 13 shots, and he scored them on dunks, layups, a couple threes, and a couple jumpers; this was easy stuff, in other words. And if Arizona's opponents can't get it together enough to foul Gordon hard — that 41.1 percent mark from the line is ugly — and he makes enough of his threes to force defenses to do something other than sit on his drives, it will look easy for him. Perhaps it will look just as easy for Arizona, a team that has spent February making scoring points look hard — on both ends.

Kansas, on the other hand, has no such offensive concerns, not when Andrew Wiggins is on and Joel Embiid is healthy, and it both scalded (1.33 PPP) and strangled (0.84 PPP) Texas on Saturday in a performance good enough to make that one-point win over Texas Tech fade with alacrity. It's helpful for Kansas to have a third scorer — whether it's Perry Ellis or Frank Mason or Naadir Tharpe doesn't matter much; Kansas just needs a paper to go with the scissors and paper of "Wiggs and Big" — behind its two surefire top-five picks, but Kansas really just needs them both, or any two players, to be effective: The Jayhawks are 20-2 when two Kansas players have at least 13 points, and 1-4 in the games with only one player at or above 13 points.

Thanks in part to the Big Ten winnowing its No. 1 candidates to a team that is 9-5 in conference and a team that was 6-4 in its first 10 games, which we'll get to later, Kansas has the inside track to a No. 1 seed if Arizona falters — Wichita State's getting one if it goes undefeated, and Florida and the ACC champion look like safe bets for the top line — and it will have earned it and then some, as there's a pretty good chance the Jayhawks will have played the toughest schedule in decades.

No. 5: Duke (22-6, 11-4 ACC)

Last Week: Stung Georgia Tech, 68-51; heeled at North Carolina, 74-66; faired well vs. Syracuse, 66-60.
Best Wins: vs. Syracuse, vs. Virginia, vs. Michigan, vs. UCLA (neutral site)
Losses: vs. Arizona, Kansas (neutral sites), at Notre Dame, at Clemson, at Syracuse, at North Carolina
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.05 PPP, 0.98 PPP allowed

No. 6: Syracuse (25-2, 12-2 ACC)

Last Week: Let Boston College soar, 62-59 (OT); outduked in Durham, 66-60.
Best Wins: vs. Duke, vs./at Pittsburgh, vs. Villanova
Losses: vs. Boston College, at Duke.
EfficiencHeat Check: 0.98 PPP, 1.00 PPP allowed

And then there's Syraduke.

Duke drops here from No. 3, but not further than Syracuse, because Duke's road loss to North Carolina — mostly just a poor shooting night — is leaps and bounds better than Syracuse's home loss to Boston College, which ranks up there with the most inexplicable losses by a potential Final Four team in conference play of this century.

Don't take this to mean I think Duke's a lot better than Syracuse, though: The teams have played about even over two games — Duke got a bailout call in Cameron, sure, but I seem to remember more than a few calls going against the Dukies in critical moments in the Carrier Dome — and Syracuse won at home while out-Duking (both teams were over 1.30 PPP, remember, over 68 possessions) Duke's fantastic offense, while the Blue Devils squeezed the Orange in Cameron in a slower (60 possessions), less efficient (neither team over 1.10 PPP) game in which Syracuse was very cold from the field. And though I wouldn't bet against Duke in an ACC Tournament game in Greensboro — another thing for Jim Boeheim to complain about! — I think there's at least one more clash between the two teams in the offing, and wouldn't be surprised by either team winning the series.

I also feel much better about Syracuse's chances of holding this spot, or moving back up, than I did about Syracuse holding No. 2 last week, and not just because this is probably an overcorrection. No. 6 makes a lot more sense for a team that has played poorly enough of late to plummet from No. 2 in KenPom on February 15 to No. 11 in KenPom on February 23, and that Boston College loss looks a lot worse than any other by a serious contender. Baye Mousse Keita's return to the court ought to be followed by a return to form that stabilizes things underneath for the Orange, Tyler Ennis will probably make it through the freshman wall he's hit, and Trevor Cooney will heat up.

But I'm not ranking what a team will be next week, just what a team is right now, and Syracuse is a very good team that had a very bad week.

No. 7: Virginia (23-5, 13-1 ACC)

Last Week: Didn't chokie at Virginia Tech, 57-53; starved Notre Dame, 70-49.
Best Wins: vs. SMU (neutral site), vs. North Carolina, at Pittsburgh
Losses: vs. VCU, vs. Wisconsin, at Green Bay, at Tennessee, at Duke
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.15 PPP, 0.98 PPP allowed

And then there's Virginia, the ACC team the nation is still sleeping on, and the one that I would make the odds-on favorite to win the conference's regular season title without much hesitation at the moment.

More on Virginia: Streaking the Lawn

Virginia's not going to win a lot of games in March with offense, not unless a Cavalier catches fire, but the Cavs have been quite good on offense of late, with impressive explosions against Clemson (1.19 PPP) and Notre Dame (1.33 PPP) on the last two Saturdays. Clemson is a superb defensive team (10th in defensive efficiency), and Notre Dame is horrendous (192nd), but I'd almost be more heartened by what UVa did against the Irish: They hammered away inside, going 21-for-29 on twos with the aid of a 7-for-7 outing from Akil Mitchell, and rained fired from outside, where five different Cavaliers contributed at least one three to a 7-for-15 day.

That kind of offensive efficiency hasn't come at the expense of Virginia's preferred glacial pace, either, as the Cavs haven't played a game with more than 58 possessions in the last fortnight, nor has Tony Bennett's "Pack Line" defense stopped leaving moraines like the 49-point effort Notre Dame managed in its wake.

Virginia's already played the only game it will play against Duke in the regular season, and sees Syracuse for the only time in the regular season on Saturday — at home. And with just one game left after that Syracuse showdown, if the Cavs beat Miami on Wednesday, they will be playing to clinch the ACC title against the Orange.

No. 8: Wisconsin (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten)

Last Week: Bullseye'd Iowa, 79-74.
Best Wins: vs. Florida, at Virginia, vs. Saint Louis (un sitio neutral), vs. Michigan State, at Michigan, vs./at Iowa
Losses: at Indiana, vs. Michigan, at Minnesota, vs. Northwestern, vs. Ohio State
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.21 PPP, 1.08 PPP allowed

No. 9: Michigan (19-7, 11-3 Big Ten)

Last Week: Roared past Michigan State, 79-70.
Best Wins: vs. Florida State (neutral site), at Wisconsin, vs. Iowa, vs./at Michigan State
Losses: at Iowa State, vs. Charlotte (neutral site), at Duke, vs. Arizona, at Indiana, at Iowa, vs. Wisconsin
Rolling Two-Week Efficiency Averages: 1.17 PPP, 1.13 PPP allowed.

On Sunday, Michigan put on the most entertaining show of the weekend that did not involve Aaron Gordon slipping the surly bonds of earth, unleashing a 45-point second half and scoring 1.27 PPP for the game to beat a Michigan State team that posted a ridiculous 63.5 percent Effective Field Goal Percentage. And that's maybe even underselling how good Michigan was: Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas were unstoppable, the Wolverines committed just three turnovers on the day, and John Beilein's bunch really could've scored 85 had they felt like flexing.

Last Sunday, Wisconsin beat essentially that same Michigan team like a drum.

Such is life, to some degree, in the Big Ten, where Michigan can look like the conference's best team after a 2-3 stretch and Wisconsin can punctuate a six-game winning streak with back-to-back road wins over the Wolverines and Iowa after a 1-5 lull. Michigan State can keep teasing every national writer based on a picture of Spartian Gray that looked really good in November, Iowa can continue to post wonderful efficiency stats that don't feel quite as good as wins would, Ohio State can break out of a terrible offensive slump by scoring 46 points — yes, more than Michigan — in a half, one half after scoring a season-low 18 points in a half, and Nebraska — Nebraska! — can storm from 80th to 49th in KenPom over a five-game stretch in which the Cornhuskers' closest game came against Northwestern, of all teams.

I'm convinced that at least a couple of Final Four contenders reside in the Big Ten, but the trick is figuring out which teams fit that profile each week. This week, it's the Badgers and Wolverines; I won't be shocked if either team cracks the top five or falls out of the Savory Sixteen entirely next week.

No. 10: Louisville (23-4, 12-2 American)

Last Week: Ran over South Florida, 80-54; clawed past Cincinnati, 58-57.
Best Wins: at Cincinnati, at Connecticut, vs. SMU, vs. Southern Miss
Losses: vs. North Carolina (neutral site), at Kentucky, vs. Memphis, vs. Cincinnati
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.22 PPP, 0.84 PPP allowed

All year, Louisville had come up just a little short in its biggest games — the really important ones against teams with little numbers next to their names in the chyrons, not the games against tough American foes UConn and SMU that Louisville actually won, mind you, just the ranked vs. ranked games that Louisville lost to North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, and Cincinnati. And since there weren't any other wins to brag about, not with Southern Mississippi squarely outside the top 25 and the rest of Louisville's opponents, save Missouri State, outside the RPI's top 100, that number that hung next to LOUISVILLE was up for debate, too.

Then this happened:

And now Louisville fans can add "We won at Cincinnati!" to the short list of accomplishments by this team, one that has been so brilliant at eviscerating the outmatched that it was KenPom's No. 1 team almost without a blip in non-conference play, has never been outside the KenPom top 15 despite going 6-3 from Christmas to February, and has the best EfficiencHeat Check numbers in the Savory Sixteen for the second week running.

It's not much, but it's something, and last year's Cardinals had a 3-4 stretch and a three-game losing streak by this point in the year, and more questions about their offense; this year, Russ Smith's far less Russdiculous and far more efficient, and there's more than one shooter to worry about, and Chris Jones — that's him, the 5'10" waterbug, soaring for the deflection on the inbounds pass in the above highlight — and Terry Rozier have basically blended what Louisville got from Peyton Siva into one player.

Can the defending national champion still be considered a sleeper if it heads into March in the top 10? We're probably either going to find out or watch Louisville graduate into a favorite again.

No. 11: Creighton (23-4, 13-2 Big East)

Last Week: Downed Marquette, 85-70; escaped Seton Hall, 72-71.
Best Wins: vs. Arizona State (neutral site), vs. Xavier, vs./at Villanova
Losses: vs. San Diego State, George Washington (neutral site), at Providence, at St. John's
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.27 PPP, 1.13 PPP allowed

Doug McDermott scored moved to 10th in all-time scoring on Sunday — passing up Alfredrick Hughes of Loyola, who led the Ramblers to the Sweet Sixteen in 1985 — and now has 2,917 points in his career. McDermott can pass both Danny Manning and Oscar Robertson, who do not need appositive explication, by merely scoring 67 points over Creighton's final three regular season contests, and given that he is averaging 30.7 points per game over his last seven games, that seems rather possible.

But, well, McDermott should really be more like 62 points away from Robertson, except for his bizarrely poor close to Creighton's escape against Seton Hall on Sunday. McDermott, who came into Sunday's game as the only player nationally to have shot more than 150 free throws and made better than 89.5 percent — so, if we're rounding, 90 percent — on the year, made his first 11 free throws, then missed four of his last five, including both of the shots he had to extend the Bluejays' lead to four points with 21 seconds left. And after a Pirates bucket cut the score to 72-71, McDermott was trapped on an inbounds play, and bounced right to Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin under Creighton's basket; he got deliriously lucky that Edwin fumbled it to Ethan Wragge.

The late struggles weren't McDermott's alone — Wragge, who had made 89.3 percent of his free throws coming in, and leads the nation in both Effective Field Goal Percentage and True Shooting Percentage, missed two free throws after being fouled on his recovery of Edwin's fumble — but McDermott is going to be the national player of the year in part because he is (far) more important to his Bluejays than any other player is to his respective team. Creighton dodging that head-scratching loss means we won't have to deal with some bullshit discussion of whether McDermott is "clutch," fortunately, but luck had more to do with the escape than skill. And with a bunch of other teams looking really good this weekend, it's easy to drop Creighton a bit.

No. 12: Villanova (24-3, 12-2 Big East)

Last Week: Prevailed at Providence, 82-79 (2OT); survived St. John's, 57-54.
Best Wins: vs. Kansas, Iowa (neutral site)
Losses: at Syracuse, vs./at Creighton
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.10 PPP, 1.07 PPP allowed

This is how I began the Villanova blurb last week:

Villanova against Creighton this year: 1.10 PPP, 1.46 (!!!!!) PPP allowed. Villanova against Big East teams that are not Creighton this year: 1.21 PPP, 0.97.

These are Villanova's numbers against Big East teams that were not Creighton this past week: 1.00 PPP, 0.96 PPP. So, yeah, not a particularly good week for the Wildcats, who also managed to make just 23 of their 40 free throws across two games decided by a combined six points.

No. 13: Saint Louis (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10)

Last Week: Outlasted George Mason (again), 89-85 (OT); swept the Georges with 66-59 win over George Washington.
Best Wins: vs. VCU, vs. Richmond, at Dayton
Losses: vs. Wisconsin (un sitio neutral), vs. Wichita State
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.02 PPP, 0.96 PPP allowed.

Hard to keep ranking you if you keep going to overtime against George Mason, Billies. Good thing you won this one, like you won the last one. I'll make you a deal: If you can get past VCU again, this time in Richmond, you can stay ranked next week.

No. 14: Cincinnati (24-4, 13-2 American)

Last Week: Benighted UCF, 77-49; Russed by Louisville, 58-57.
Best Wins: at Louisville, at Memphis, vs. Pittsburgh (neutral site)
Losses: at New Mexico, vs. Xavier (neutral site), at SMU, vs. Louisville
EfficiencHeat Check: 1.16 PPP, 0.95 PPP allowed

If one gives Louisville a ton of credit for beating Cincinnati, one must also give the Bearcats credit for hanging with Louisville. After holding the Cardinals to 66 points and tying their season low in Louisville, Cincy reset that season low on Saturday in Fifth Third Arena2, holding the Cards under 60 points for the first time this season. Had Russ Smith not hit that 18-footer after making just one of his first 10 shots on the day, Cincy would've gotten a win, too.

But if one can't praise the Bearcats for their defense, because their offense loses it a game in a great defensive effort, one can't praise the Bearcats for very much, because that defense is basically all Cincinnati has. And if Sean Kilpatrick — who was 9-for-27 against Louisville — isn't scoring efficiently, it's tough for Cincinnati to score at all.

No. 15: San Diego State (23-3, 12-2 Mountain West)

Last Week: Shrigley'd Utah State; swallowed by The Pit in 58-44.
Best Wins: vs. Creighton (neutral site), at Kansas
Losses: vs. Arizona, at Wyoming, at New Mexico.
EfficiencHeat Check: 0.96 PPP, 0.95 PPP allowed

Even Cincinnati's defense-heavy profile is preferable to San Diego State's defense-only profile, though.

I watched none of San Diego State's midweek win over Utah State, so I missed the immortal Matt Shrigley outscoring Xavier Thames, Winston Shepard, and Dwayne Polee combined — it was Shrigley 15, San Diego State's Three Primary Offensive Options 11 — but I saw almost all of New Mexico's 58-44 mangling of the Aztecs, and they looked bad.

Scoring 44 points is never a good look, but 44 points on 65 shots is the sort of look Tim Gunn huffs at. The Aztecs got 17 offensive rebounds, and yet that accounts for fewer than half of their misses on two-pointers, because they went 19-for-55 inside the arc. Just one Aztec, Skylar Spencer, made even half of his shots — and he went 2-for-4.

The game played out more like San Diego State running into a buzzsaw than anything else, and a very good, motivated New Mexico team playing in front of a very loud home crowd at The Pit can totally act as a buzzsaw. San Diego State still has something — a win over Kansas at the Phog — that no other team does. Thames is still a really good player, despite making just 10 of his last 40 shots.

But if you want to convince yourself to pick against the Aztecs in March, all you have to do is watch any five minutes of Saturday's game, and let the shudders guide you.

No. 16: North Carolina (20-7, 10-4 ACC)

Last Week: Roared back at Florida State, 81-75; bedeviled Duke, 74-66; laid Wake Forest to rest, 105-72.
Best Wins: vs. Duke, vs. Louisville (neutral site), at Michigan State, vs. Kentucky
Losses: vs. Belmont, at UAB, vs. Texas, at Wake Forest, vs. Miami, at Syracuse, at Virginia
Rolling Two-Week Efficiency Averages: 1.19 PPP, 1.01 PPP allowed.

I have been burned by the inclusions of hot teams — what was I doing ranking SMU No. 10 two weeks ago? — before, but that's what hot teams do when they cool off. Other than the two teams at the tippy-top of these rankings, however, I'm hard-pressed to name a team hotter than North Carolina.

The Tar Heels kinda handled Duke on Thursday, holding the Blue Devils to their second-lowest PPP mark (0.96) of the season; only Clemson, which is both slightly better and many, many times slower, has done a better job against the nation's most efficient offense that does not feature Doug McDermott. And I suspect the Heels' run-and-gun game is increasingly hard for the tar-bound ACC to handle: Four of the nation's eight slowest3 teams are ACC squads, and the conference as a whole is last in Adjusted Tempo, by a sizable 0.7 possessions per game. Carolina doesn't care so much about waiting for the perfect shot as it does getting a good one quickly, and it has the slashers and quick-twitch post players to set heads nodding; how do you plan for overdrive when all you see is second gear?

Carolina will probably lose to N.C. State or Virginia Tech this week, because 1) it's still the 2013-14 North Carolina team, which has done far stranger things and 2) hot teams burn me, but, despite all the ragging that Roy Williams takes for his occasionally custodial coaching, it's genuinely nice to see his Heels doing their daggumedest to run everyone out of the building.

To Fill A Top 25

SMU gets to stay on the outside of the Savory Sixteen, 'cause I've been burned once. ... Kentucky should probably have lost to LSU, given how poorly it played, but something about how those 'Cats celebrated makes me think there's still some powder left to burn. ... Michigan State once beat Kentucky, long, long ago. ... Ohio State had an offense for 20 minutes this weekend! ... Iowa remains on the same Beat A Good Team Alert it has been on. ... Iowa State handled Texas before Kansas did. ... Stephen F. Austin gets "ranked," and not just for that awesome buzzer-beater. ... New Mexico looked really, really good against San Diego State. ... JUST RANK Southern Mississippi ALREADY, GOSH.

Seven Sleepers

Nebraska is going to have to pay a pretty penny, and hundreds of millions more of them, to keep Tim Miles after this season. ... Memphis really struggled with awful Rutgers and Temple teams this week. ... Said "Oklahoma is going to be ranked again by the end of the year, you watch" last week; still believe it. ... Stanford looked good (1.24 PPP) in its win over UCLA (No. 2 in the Pac-12 in defense). ... Oklahoma State may not make the NCAA Tournament, but if they do, a refocused Marcus Smart is no one's ideal matchup. ... Pittsburgh is less sleeper than sleeping.


  1. The EfficiencHeat Check — named by Chip Patterson — is a team's points per possession in games since February 10, based on KenPom's possessions totals for all teams listed. For most of these teams, this is four games; Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Cincinnati all played just three games in the last 14 days. As always, this measure isn't exactly predictive, because of sample size, but it's meant to be sort of a thermometer, telling us how hot or lukewarm a team has been of late.

  2. At least it's slightly less dumb than the KFC Yum! Center, as ridiculous names for arenas go.

  3. Virginia is No. 344, Syracuse is No. 345, Clemson is No. 349, and Miami is No. 351, dead last nationally. Miami also beat North Carolina in a 66-possession game, because Jim Larrañaga is a powerful wizard.

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