Known to be one of the more illustrious football schools in the country, the Miami Hurricanes have never been a real force in college basketball. After a mediocre first season under new head coach Jim Larranaga, the team is off to their best start in school history and undefeated in ACC Conference play. The Hurricanes currently sit eighth in the AP Top 25, and with a win this weekend over North Carolina, coupled with losses to three of the top five teams in the AP poll, could move into the top five for the first time ever with a win.
Since rejoining Division One in 1985, the Canes basketball program has only made the NCAA Tournament five times. Of their five trips to the big dance, the Canes have made it past the first weekend of the tournament once, a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2000. The school has one regular season conference title over the same time period. A title with which they share with Syracuse from the 1999-2000 season.
Another week has passed. More games have been played, which means it’s time for the first Mid-Major Player of the Year Power Rankings on February.
In the previous two rankings, Creighton’s Doug McDermott has led the pack by a commanding margin. He’s been so far ahead of the rest of the list, it’s difficult to imagine another player coming anywhere near the top spot.
However, while McDermott may be holding down the top spot in the rankings for now, a few games here or there could determine the winner of the MMPOY award in the blink of an eye.
This past weekend wasn’t great for most of our players on last week’s rankings. Will that result in any changes for this week?
Let’s find out. Here are the power rankings for February 6:
1.) Doug McDermott, Creighton (24.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 53 percent three-point field goals)
It’s been a great year … and a lousy one.
Pick your poison when it comes to college basketball 2012-13. If you’re a proponent, or fan, of the dynamic squad, the one that sets the tone for an entire season and has everyone else scrambling to stack up, this has been a rough few months for you.
If you prefer more of a wide-open approach, whereby you take a gander up and down the rankings and beyond, wondering if any team is a given to beat another, this has been as close to bliss as possible for you.
Think about, even as we head down the stretch drive, can any of us look at what we’ve seen and say with conviction what team is going to win it all? Or what teams will make the Final Four? Or even what ones will do some damage in the NCAA Tournament?
Bracket Busters is the biggest stage that some mid-major teams will see in a college basketball season. With 2013 being the final installment of the Bracket Busters franchise, college basketball fans will be able to enjoy a large slate of great game.
Games will be played February 22 and 23 with the ESPN family of networks airing the top games on tap for the event.
Let’s take a look at the games viewers should be looking forward to, giving you three weeks to plan out your day accordingly:
1.) Creighton (20-3, 9-2 MVC) @ Saint Mary’s (19-4, 8-1 WCC) Feb. 23 6pmET ESPN/2
Creighton traveling to Saint Mary’s is the only game that was a given considering each team’s standing in high powered conferences. Creighton leads the Missouri Valley and is the only team in the Bracket Busters field who is currently ranked (16th in Associated Press polls as of February 4). Saint Mary’s trails Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference by one game.
We’re coming down the stretch in the college basketball season with just over a month of regular season action left. In the next month, we will separate the strong from the weak, especially when we look at the Mid-Major Player of the Year race.
In last week’s MMPOY breakdown, Creighton’s Doug McDermott held a commanding lead over the rest of the field and appeared to be running away with the award. However, another week has passed. McDermott is still in the first place spot, but the gap is narrowing with strong performances by the rest of the field.
Here’s the Mid-Major Player of the Year rankings for the week of January 30.
1.) Doug McDermott, Creighton (23.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 50 percent three-point field goals)
Once again, Doug McDermott leads the pack with his outstanding season. McDermott’s points have gone down in the last week, highlighted by Creighton’s loss at Drake last Wednesday (the day last week’s rankings came out). McDermott did finish the game with 19 points on 9-13 shooting, but it couldn’t lead the Blue Jays past the Bulldogs. Doug also went 0-6 from three-point range in the loss.