Posted: Monday November 27, 2006 1:21PM; Updated: Monday November 27, 2006 11:15PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Connecticut Huskies (2-0)
The Huskies are good no matter what country they play in. They took a break from their U.S. schedule to beat up on a couple of teams in Italy. No doubt the time together touring Italy was a good bonding experience, too. That's sure to pay off down the line... Next three: 11/28 Boston University; 11/30 Purdue; 12/04 at Holy Cross
Ohio St. Buckeyes (5-0)
Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins are still making things difficult for opponents. They've combined to average 29.8 points. Marscilla Packer (8.8 ppg) and Star Allen (8.2) are scoring enough to make defenses think about them as well. Packer has the potential to be a long-range threat, and the Buckeyes need to be more consistent on the perimeter if they want to keep teams from crowding the paint.
Next three: 11/30 vs. Longwood; 12/03 vs. Washington; 12/10 at LSU
Texas A&M Aggies (5-0)
The Aggies are off to a good start, but it would be nice to see them tackle a tougher schedule before getting into Big 12 play. Regardless, Texas A&M is benefiting from the early success of Morenike Atunrase and Takia Starks. Atunrase is putting up 18.4 points a game. Starks averages 13.8. They're also contributing to a stingy defense that is allowing just 43.8 points a game.
Next three: 11/28 vs. Arizona; 12/01 at Rice; 12/06 at Washington
Purdue Boilermakers (6-0)
Purdue already has a couple of impressive wins, knocking off Washington and Baylor. With a trip to Connecticut this week, the Boilermakers have a chance to add to that and make a real statement. Freshman FahKara Malone has given Purdue another option on the perimeter, hitting nearly 50 percent from behind the arc in her first six collegiate games.
Next three: 11/30 at Connecticut; 12/02 vs. Gonzaga; 12/06 at Notre Dame
Georgia Bulldogs (5-0)
First it was Rutgers. Then, Stanford. The Bulldogs have shown they can get by just fine without All-America Tasha Humphrey. That's because other players are stepping up. In five games, four different players have led the team in scoring. Everyone seems to be getting into the action on the boards, too. Megan Darrah leads the team with eight rebounds per game, but four others are averaging at least four.
Next three: 11/29 vs. Memphis; 12/03 at Georgia Tech; 12/07 vs. Middle Tennessee State