The coldest edition of the Top Freking 10 to date sees a former Indianapolis high school star continue to light up the home state competition while the top four squads in the rankings remain intact for the fifth straight week. Also, I examine a few notable win streaks on the line this week.
1. ARIZONA (last week: 1)
Let’s have a moment of silence for the poor Washington State Cougars, who missed enough shots in a 60-25 loss at Arizona Thursday to rebrick a Tucson suburb. Wazzou — which was missing leading scorer DaVonte Lacy and another starter — shot 9-of-45 (20 percent) from the field and recorded the program’s lowest point total since Jan. 15, 1938.
2. SYRACUSE (LW: 2)
The Orange traveled to Virginia Tech Tuesday night for their first road game as a member of the ACC. Here’s to hoping Syracuse finds the bottom of the net more often than it did Saturday vs. Miami, when it made 36 percent of its shots and shot 3-of-15 from beyond the arc in a 49-44 win.
3. OHIO STATE (LW: 3)
Ohio State faced by far its most challenging test of the season to date Tuesday night at Michigan State, which has seemingly regained its rhythm after a strange home loss to North Carolina in early December. Buckeye fans shouldn’t sleep on the team’s next opponent — the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa visits Columbus Sunday owning wins over Xavier and Notre Dame.
4. WISCONSIN (LW: 4)
Provided the Badgers can get by a surging Illinois squad tonight, they will roll into Bloomington Tuesday with a 16-0 mark. As for signature win-needing Indiana, the higher the pedestal Wisconsin is on coming into that game, the better.
5. WICHITA STATE (LW: 7)
The Shockers picked up double-digit victories over Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa last week to begin Missouri Valley Conference play, winning easily in both games. Wichita State shot well (54 percent) vs. the Salukis and not-so-well (38 percent) against the Panthers. The Shockers have now won 15 straight games to begin their season, a new program record for consecutive wins.