Kansas’ hot streak is rewarded with a big boost, revisiting the greatness of Florida’s back-to-back national champion squads and two American Athletic Conference teams crash the Top Freking 10 — including one making its rankings debut.
1. ARIZONA (last week: 1)
The Wildcats own top-five national rankings in scoring defense, scoring margin, field-goal percentage defense and rebound margin, which is a good way of knowing your team is pretty darn good. What’s something 18-0 Arizona is ranked near the bottom of the country in? Three-point attempts and 3-point makes. Zona is ranked 247th in 3s made per game (5.5) and 297th in 3-point attempts. What does that mean? Precisely nothing.
2. SYRACUSE (LW: 2)
While Arizona has been busy blowing people out, Syracuse has been playing close games, topping Boston College by 10 and Pittsburgh by five in its last two games. Still undefeated, the Orange suffered a roster loss Tuesday when big man DaJuan Coleman decided to have season-ending surgery on his left leg. Coleman started the first 12 games of the season, but had only seen three minutes of action in the team’s last six games.
3. WICHITA STATE (LW: 4)
Nick Wiggins is only averaging five points per game for the Shockers, but his impact on college basketball is much larger than that. Nick’s younger brother, Andrew, is one of the nation’s top freshmen for the Kansas Jayhawks. Prior to selecting KU last May, Andrew, a favorite to be taken No. 1 overall in the June draft, was also considering Florida State (his parent’s alma mater), Kentucky and North Carolina. It’s believed that having his older brother in the same state — the Wiggins brothers grew up in Canada — was a heavy contributing factor in Andrew’s decision.