Posted: Monday January 8, 2007 1:55PM; Updated: Monday January 8, 2007 2:39PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Ohio St. Buckeyes (12-1)
Ohio State hasn't exactly dominated recent opponents, but the Buckeyes are finding ways to win. If Minnesota and Kentucky are playing them so close on their home court, you can't help but wonder how the Buckeyes are going to fare against the highly ranked teams. With Jessica Davenport, Brandie Hoskins and Marscilla Packer, though, they've always got a chance.
Next three: 01/11 at Penn State; 01/14 vs. Northwestern; 01/18 at Wisconsin
Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)
Head coach Sherri Coale praised the play of her bench after Oklahoma's win over Nebraska on Saturday. And rightly so -- opponents are finding there's more to the Sooners than Courtney Paris. Sure, the sophomore All-America leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks, but even Paris can't win a title on her own. It looks like she won't have to, either.
Next three: 01/10 at Baylor; 01/14 vs. Texas Tech; 01/17 at Oklahoma State
LSU Tigers (15-1)
The Tigers faced their share of lightweights earlier in the season, but they've really proven themselves in the last few weeks, knocking off Ohio State, Michigan State and now Georgia. And as long as they can keep 6-6 center Sylvia Fowles on the floor, the Tigers have a shot of knocking off anyone.
Next three: 01/11 at Mississippi; 01/14 at Mississippi State; 01/18 vs. Kentucky
Baylor Bears (15-1)
Baylor is one of the few teams in the Big 12 that actually has a chance at ending Oklahoma's conference winning streak. The Bears may not have a Courtney Paris, but 6-1 forward Bernice Mosby is no pushover. Mosby leads Baylor with 17.4 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. With 24 steals and 22 blocks, she's a force on the defensive end as well.
Next three: 01/10 vs. Oklahoma; 01/13 at Texas A&M; 01/20 vs. Kansas State
Stanford Cardinal (11-3)
Stanford has won nine straight, including three key wins on the road against Pac-10 opponents. Veterans Candice Wiggins and Brooke Smith continue to provide leadership, but freshman Jayne Appel is emerging as another threat. Appel is contributing 12.4 points a game. She's led the Cardinal in scoring in three of the last four.
Next three: 01/08 vs. South Carolina; 01/11 at Washington; 01/13 at Washington State