Posted: Friday December 22, 2006 1:26PM; Updated: Friday December 22, 2006 2:12PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)
The Buckeyes certainly seemed to have learned a thing or two from that road loss to LSU. When Jessica Davenport, Marscilla Packer and Brandie Hoskins are playing well, it's a tough combination to beat. They proved that with Wednesday's win at Oklahoma. Davenport also did what few players can do -- give Courtney Paris a tough time. Davenport had four blocks against the Sooners.
Next three: 12/31 at Iowa; 01/04 vs. Minnesota; 01/06 vs. Kentucky
Oklahoma Sooners (9-1)
The loss to Ohio State won't drop the Sooners much. Oklahoma still has one of the best players in the country in Paris and one of the best coaches in Sherri Coale. The Sooners have shown they can get by with Paris on the bench, but they're going to have to do more than that against the top teams. When their star is out, whether it's foul trouble or a simple break, everyone else has to step up.
Next three: 12/30 vs. New Mexico at Oklahoma City; 01/03 vs. Kansas State; 01/06 at Nebraska
Arizona State Sun Devils (10-1)
Yes, the Sun Devils dropped a spot even after winning a rain-shortened (never thought I'd write that sentence about basketball) game. But the Buckeyes moved past Arizona State because they've done something the Sun Devils haven't -- won a tough game on the road. ASU has had the benefit of playing most of its schedule at home.
Next three: 12/22 vs. Arizona; 12/28 at California; 12/30 at Stanford
LSU Tigers (12-1)
I'll just skip right over that McNeese State win. Oh well, a win at Michigan State's not a bad way to head into the old holiday break. The Tigers have handled the teams they're supposed to, but it may be January before we see just how good they are. Until then, LSU will hang on the edge of the top 10.
Next three: 12/30 vs. Louisiana Tech at New Orleans; 01/03 at South Florida; 01/07 vs. Georgia
Baylor Lady Bears (11-1)
The Bears are taking a break after winning eight straight since that loss to Purdue in the WNIT final. That stretch does include a few lightweights, but a win at UCLA is impressive. So is the play of Jessica Morrow and Bernice Mosby, who combined for 44 points and 12 rebounds against the Bruins.
Next three: 12/28 vs. North Carolina A&T; 12/30 vs. Prairie View A&M; 01/03 vs. Texas Tech