The newness has worn off, the season is in full swing. Conference play has tipped off. The contenders and pretenders appear to be aligning themselves in their correct slots as 2013 moves away from the initial calendar flip and fastbreaks toward the NCAA Tournament.
With that, we present our initial Midweek Madness for college basketball – a power rankings potpourri that offers a look at the major schools, the mid-major schools and the top players in the country.
So, without further ado, and before teams tip off tonight …
Louisville, 15-1. The Cardinals lost to Duke back in late November, struggled against mid-major Illinois State the next time out and they don’t exactly overwhelm with the “wow” factor. But they’re solid, they’re experienced and they’re looking every bit the part of a repeat Final Four participant with PG Peyton Silva directing the way.