Posted: Monday November 27, 2006 1:21PM; Updated: Monday November 27, 2006 11:15PM
It shouldn't be any surprise that there aren't many changes in the top 10. That's because the top teams are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing -- winning.
In fact, you can go all the way to last week's No. 10 before you find a team that lost. Of course, Stanford did lose to a pair of top-10 teams and those defeats weren't enough to drop the Cardinal out of our rankings, but they did move Stanford to the lower end, where there's been a shakeup each week.
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Maryland Terrapins (7-0)
Maryland continues to set impressive marks, jumping out to its best start since 1991. The Terrapins are putting up huge numbers offensively, too. They burned Ole Miss for 110 in Saturday's title game at the Junkanoo Jam. The best is the Terrapins haven't had to wear out their starting five. Nine players are averaging at least 14 minutes.
Next three: 11/29 at Marshall; 12/02 vs. UC-Santa Barbara; 12/04 vs. Sienna
North Carolina Tar Heels (6-0)
That North Carolina defense is at it again. The Tar Heels are forcing 30.3 turnovers a game. When you get the ball back that much, you're bound to put points on the board. And UNC is -- 93.8 a game. Junior forward Erlana Larkins & Co. aren't giving many second chances either. Larkins, who averages a team-high eight rebounds, is one of four Tar Heels with at least six a game.
Next three: 11/30 vs. UNC-Greensboro; 12/03 vs. Tennessee; 12/06 vs. Western Carolina
Oklahoma Sooners (4-0)
Oklahoma is definitely a better team this year than last when it reached the Sweet 16. That's because the Sooners are more balanced. They've been consistent on the perimeter, and, of course, inside where Courtney Paris continues to dominate. But the Sooners are proving they can play without Paris, too. It was Leah Rush and Chelsi Welch who carried the load when Paris was on the bench in foul trouble during last week's win over UCLA.
Next three: 11/29 at Lamar; 12/02 at Tulsa; 12/07 at South Carolina
Tennessee Lady Vols (5-0)
We know two things for sure: Candace Parker can dunk, and Tennessee is really good. The Lady Vols have already logged a win over a couple of tournament hopefuls, including Stanford. As for Parker's dunks, they're as common as Tennessee wins. She threw down her fourth last Friday against Stanford. Lady Vols fans hope to learn that Parker was right when she said the knee injury she suffered on Sunday against Middle Tennessee isn't serious.
Next three: 11/28 at Louisiana Tech; 12/03 at North Carolina; 12/05 vs. Tennessee-Martin
Duke Blue Devils (5-0)
The Blue Devils are headed for a tough four-game stretch that starts with Old Dominion and ends with a home game against Texas and player of the year candidate Tiffany Jackson. Duke has been balanced, though, and is able to put points on the board. The Blue Devils are averaging 83.2 and giving up just 44.6.
Next three: 11/29 Old Dominion; 12/04 at Rutgers; 12/07 vs. Vanderbilt