Posted: Friday December 22, 2006 1:26PM; Updated: Friday December 22, 2006 2:12PM
The non-conference schedule didn't cause much movement among our top teams. With conference play looming in January, someone will have to fall. For now, Maryland and North Carolina hold onto the top two spots. Unbeaten Louisville is the only new entrant at No. 15.
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Maryland Terrapins (13-0)
It's the same story week after week for the Terps. The true challenges won't come until the ACC schedule kicks in. Until then, they'll keep outscoring opponents by 30 points a game. Next three: 12/29 vs. UNC-Greensboro; 12/30 vs. Liberty/Marist; 01/03 vs. North Carolina State
North Carolina Tar Heels (13-0)
While the other three starters in the North Carolina lineup garner most of the attention, Latoya Pringle and Rashanda McCants are giving opponents something to think about, too. McCants had one of her best performances of the season against St. John's on Wednesday, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Pringle is averaging 8.8 points and 6.9 boards.
Next three: 12/28 vs. Delaware State; 12/30 vs. Tennessee Tech; 01/02 at Georgia Tech
Tennessee Lady Vols (10-1)
What can you say, Tennessee just gets the job done. When something isn't working, the Lady Vols rely on something else just as they did last weekend against Texas. When they had a hard time hitting shots, they cracked down on defense. When Candace Parker wasn't scoring, someone picked it up. It's why the Vols are contenders again.
Next three: 12/22 at Old Dominion; 01/03 vs. Alabama; 01/06 at Connecticut
Duke Blue Devils (11-0)
The Blue Devils are aggressive on both ends of the floor, and it's paying off. They've had 98 free-throw attempts in the past four games. They're also forcing 23 turnovers a game. And should they get the ball in the paint, opponents won't find things any easier. Alison Bales is blocking five shots a game.
Next three: 12/29 at Dartmouth; 12/30 vs. Dayton/Boston University at Dartmouth.; 01/03 vs. Miami
Connecticut Huskies (8-0)
The Huskies are doing a great job of keeping opponents off the boards. Tina Charles, Kalana Greene and Charde Houston have helped Connecticut to a rebounding edge of 15 a game. Together, they're averaging 22. Greene, a sophomore, has been particularly strong the last two games, scoring 38 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
Next three: 12/23 vs. Oakland at HCC; 12/29 vs. Hartford; 12/31 vs. Sacred Heart