Buckeyes, Seminoles slip into Power 24 update
After a one-week hiatus, time for an update to our Power 24. Welcome to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Florida State Seminoles. Can they stick around? Of note, we find North Carolina in the No. 2 spot, back within one place of where we anticipated. Time to see how Connecticut handles the injury to Jerome Dyson. Can others fill in the gap?
Here’s the updated Power 24 for Valentine’s Day … It’s a look at teams based on performance and potential. Just as important, teams are put through the “eye test.”
Current Update: Saturday, February 14
Next Update: Saturday, February 21
Moving in: Missouri, Ohio State, Florida State | Moving out: Texas, Gonzaga, Minnesota
Our Power 24 …
- Connecticut - We’ll be re-evaluating the Huskies without Jerome Dyson over the next two-three games.
- North Carolina - Do Tar Heel fans ever ask … why don’t we play defense all the time like we did in the second half at Duke?
- Oklahoma - The Sooners are 9-0 vs. Top 50 RPI teams. They are certainly playing themselves into a No. 1 seed.
- Pittsburgh - If the offense holds up, the Panthers are dangerous.
- Duke - No shame in losing to Carolina (even with the rivalry).
- Michigan State - Lets remember one common denominator in all four Spartan losses: Goran Suton/Raymar Morgan were injured or sick. From our view a No. 1 seed is still possible.
- Clemson - Nice to see the Tigers put a hurting on BC after letting a lead slip away to Florida State at home. The closing stretch is quite manageable (or should be) ahead of the finale at Wake.
- Memphis - The “eye test” is important here. This is not the same team we saw in December or early January. And it’s likely the Tigers won’t lose again before Selection Sunday.
- Louisville - The loss at Notre Dame was shocking only because the Cards never seemed into it. U of L got where it was because of execution and defense.
- Villanova - Even with the loss at West Virginia Friday night, the Wildcats are much improved.
- Marquette - With the Golden Eagles overall lack of size, poor shooting nights can be a concern. MU needs the next two at home before a brutal closing stretch.
- Kansas - The close loss at rival Missouri isn’t a big issue unless the Jayhawks make it one. However, this might be the ceiling for KU.
- Wake Forest - Young team. Finding ways to win tough conference games takes time. Problem is, a rough patch can turn into a full skid in the ACC. Confidence could be a concern.
- Xavier - The Muskies are still favorites to win the A-10 and be a hit. After a short two-game glitch, time to start moving again.
- Missouri - The Tigers are on a bit of roll and executing much better. They certainly won’t be a fun draw come March.
- UCLA - This is not a great team. There isn’t one in the Pac-10. But we’ve seen stretches that suggest the Bruins can be pretty good.
- Washington - This group of Huskies is still somewhat unknown.
- Illinois - Is the rally at Northwestern a sign that the Illini have re-gained some toughness away from home?
- Ohio State - You have to say the young Bucks have handled life without David Lighty pretty well. If he comes back healthy, this team could be dangerous. Tough stretch with four of six on the road is next.
- Purdue - Until we know fore sure about Robbie Hummel, we have to consider Purdue’s overall evaluation as if he can play. They are much more dangerous if he’s healthy.
- Arizona State - Nice sweep of UCLA. If the Sun Devils can be a bit more consistent and avoid the occasional losing “down”, we’ll have a stronger opinion.
- Butler- Winning is something Butler is just now used to. Period.
- Florida State - Solid run by the Seminoles. Closing stretch won’t be easy.
- Syracuse - If the defense continues to wane, so will the Orange. They are about to get passed and even worse – spark fears of bubble talk. ‘Cuse holds this spot because we think a return to form is still possible.
Knocking on the door: Texas, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Minnesota, California, LSU, Florida, Virginia Tech
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