College Basketball’s Most and Least Impressive Teams: 2nd Week of February
We had quite the week in College Basketball with some big games highlighted by Duke-Virginia in Charlottesville. There were buzzer beaters, bubble teams picking up wins and some bursting. We also got to see the tournament committee reveal their top 16 teams. And their pick of Duke as the #1 overall seed was rewarded with the Blue Devils’ win over UVA.
Kansas State Wildcats 18-5 NET: 28
With the NCAA Tournament right around the corner, I will be ditching KenPom for the new NET rankings, as you can see above. But what a week for the Wildcats. The seniors get their first ever win over Kansas in Bramlage and follow it up with a gutsy road win at Baylor, who I still cannot figure out if they are good or not. I’ve said it many times, but this is a good team. They’ve dealt with some injuries and are finally healthy and playing to their potential. The offense still sputters at times but there are very few teams that are better defensively than K-State.
Honorable Mention: Duke Blue Devils, Florida State Seminoles, LSU Tigers, Houston Cougars, Clemson Tigers, TCU Horned Frogs, Ohio State Buckeyes
Virginia Tech Hokies 18-5 NET: 15
Just a few days after I went out on a limb and said that the Hokies belonged in the top-4 seed conversation, they lose at Clemson and score 51 points. The problem is obviously the absence of Justin Robinson. Since Robinson went out, the Hokies have averaged just 54 points. Not good at all. This is a team that has hovered around the top-10 in terms of offensive efficiency and just can’t seem to get it going. Ahmed Hill and Nickeil Alexander-Walker have been struggled from the field without Robinson on the floor and it has shown. Kerry Blackshear has been good but he’s not gotten much help otherwise. This is a strong defensive team and even when they’re not scoring, they can hang around in games, but they need to find a few more points and avoid some of these losses.
Honorable Mention: Oklahoma Sooners, Michigan State Spartans, Baylor Bears, Illinois State Redbirds