12.6.13: College Hoops East/West Power Rankings

12.6.13: College Hoops East/West Power Rankings
December 6, 2013, 11:45 am
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Every Friday during the season, Daniel Martin of CSNBaltimore.com and Greg Crawford of CSNNW.com will come together to give you the NCAA Hoops East/West Power Rankings, a ranked list of the nine best teams from the West and the nine best teams from the East and Midwest in college basketball. Below is this week’s edition.

EAST

9. North Carolina- Had to include them. Logic often evades these Tar Heels, as losses to Belmont and UAB prove, but wins over Louisville and Michigan State are nothing to scoff at.

8. Kansas- They’re more than just Andrew Wiggins. Tough loss to Villanova, but the Jayhawks were one three-pointer away from being No. 1 in the land. Don’t doubt Bill Self, even with a tough upcoming schedule.

7. Connecticut - New conference, no problem for Kevin Ollie’s team so far. Major-conference wins over Maryland, Indiana, and now Florida show they could have staying power.

6. Villanova - They beat No. 2 Kansas and then No. 23 Iowa in back-to-back games. The Big East might look different, but the 8-0 Wildcats want to prove it’s just as tough.

5. Kentucky - One loss came against a tough Michigan State team, but haven’t had a big test otherwise. Friday night against Baylor, Julius Randle & Co. have a chance to prove something.

4. Wisconsin - Bo Ryan’s wins aren’t always pretty, but the Badgers stand at 8-0 for a reason. Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker are tough to guard in the front court.

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3. Michigan State - Spartans have all the pieces in place to be a Final Four team. Lost to an unpredictable UNC team, but have faith in Gary Harris/Keith Appling backcourt.

2. Ohio State - Offense is balanced and defense is one of the toughest in the country. Oh, and Aaron Craft. Won’t be tested again until later this month vs. Notre Dame.

1. Syracuse - C.J. Fair is the centerpiece that a Final Four team needs. Jerami Grant is having the breakout start we expected. Tyler Ennis is as good as advertised at the point guard spot.

WEST

9. Boise State - Undefeated, might not stay here, but deserve to be here now.

8. Colorado - Tad Boyle, one of the best college coaches no one knows about.

7. Oregon - Undefeated, no big tests yet, but coming up Illinois and Brigham Young.

6. New Mexico - Lobos have not missed a beat with Steve Alford now gone.

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5. Gonzaga - Can never leave them out, but still a mystery team.

4. San Diego State - Hall of Fame coach Steve Fisher has Aztecs rolling again.

3. St. Mary's - Amazing the probation has no impact, Gaels undefeated.

2. UCLA - Bruins do not play Arizona or Arizona State on the road this year.

1. Arizona - Looking like Final Four team, might even win national championship.

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