With just under a month before March Madness makes its way to the national spotlight, the college basketball enthusiast are still scratching their heads trying to figure out who is the country’s top team, lets take a look at some possible candidates.
Could it be the Indiana Hoosiers?
Everyone’s title favorite seems to be hitting on all cylinders as the season reaches the home stretch. They are currently ranked #2 in the USA Today poll, as well as #1 in the AP poll. The Hoosiers have been far from perfect though, as they have been on the losing side three times this season, all to teams who were unranked coming into the game. Although Center Cody Zeller leads the team in scoring and rebounding, he has not lived up to the lofty expectations of being the nation’s top player, which many had anticipated coming into the season. However, 6’5″ Junior Victor Oladipo has been a pleasant surprise for the Hoosiers, offering energy, and a defensive pest, while moonlighting as the team’s second leading scorer. The Hoosiers may not be the nation’s best team, but they are certainly the most talented, and when playing to their potential, the most difficult to beat.
Are the Blue Devils going to hang their 2nd banner in 4 years?
Few have as impressive a resume than the Duke Blue Devils. They have quality wins over Kentucky, Ohio State and Louisville, all of which were top 5 teams at the time. However, this was before Duke lost Senior Ryan Kelly to a foot injury. Since Kelly’s absence, the Blue Devils have been a far cry from the nation’s top team. They were absolutely pummeled last month when they made the trip to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes, and showed just how weak they can be inside when they were defeated by an inconsistent N.C. State team. Although Duke has certainly shown promise of being the nation’s best team, unless they don’t get Kelly back, don’t expect to see another Final Four Banner being put up in Cameron Indoor.
Will the Miami Hurricanes prove they are more than just a football school?
Everytime I see that #3 ranking next to the Miami Hurricanes, I always have to do a double take, because that is just how rare it is to see the ‘Canes in national discussion. However, Miami deserves all of the recognition, as they are the only team in a BCS conference, who still has not had an in-conference blemish. While the ‘Canes have been mightily impressive in the ACC, their out of conference record indicates a bi-polar team. Yes the highs are high, with an impressive win over a top 15 team in Michigan State, but losing to Florida Gulf Coast and Indiana State are some really troubling losses. However, neither of those losses were in 2013, and in a “What have you done for me lately” kind of world, none have been more impressive than the Hurricanes. If 6’11″ Senior Kenny Kadji’s injury isn’t serious, Miami is a legitimate National Title contender.
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