Posted: Tuesday January 23, 2007 12:59PM; Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2007 12:59PM
Monday night's Duke-Tennessee matchup had all the makings of a Final Four game and the Blue Devils proved that they are the favorites to win the title with an impressive 84-80 win in Knoxville.
In addition to beating Tennessee, the Devils have tightened their grip on the top spot after wins over Maryland and Tennessee.
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Duke Blue Devils (20-0)
And we thought the loss of Monique Curry would leave the Blue Devils without a star. Hello Lindsey Harding. Hello Abby Waner. In two of the biggest games of the season against Maryland and Tennessee, the backcourt duo put up 84 points, 21 assists and 21 rebounds.
Next three: 01/25 at Florida State; 01/29 vs. Virginia Tech; 02/02 at Virginia
North Carolina Tar Heels (22-0)
The Tar Heels are doing just as much damage in the ACC as they did in non-conference play. They've put up 100 points twice in their first six league games. They're also beating opponents in every facet of the game, grabbing more rebounds, forcing more turnovers, and of course, scoring more points.
Next three: 01/28 at Maryland; 02/01 at Boston College; 02/08 vs. Duke
Tennessee Volunteers (17-2)
I'm not moving them. The Lady Vols were bogged down by a slow start on Monday night (something that Duke had a lot to do with), but they played the Blue Devils closer than anyone has, including Maryland. They also have seven wins against ranked teams. They're staying put.
Next three: 01/25 at Vanderbilt; 01/28 at Alabama; 02/01 vs. South Carolina
Maryland Terrapins (20-1)
Maryland recovered nicely from its loss to Duke, winning its next two games. After being held to a season-low 62 points, the Terrapins put up 95 against Virginia and 83 against Wake Forest. The next true test comes on Sunday against UNC.
Next three: 01/25 at Clemson; 01/28 vs. North Carolina; 02/01 at Georgia Tech
Ohio State Buckeyes (17-1)
Senior All-America Jessica Davenport is doing everything the Buckeyes need -- and expected -- this season. She ranks in the top 20 in the country in scoring (19.6 ppg), rebounding (10.2 rpg) and blocks (2.9). She's also hitting 66 percent of her field goal attempts, second in the nation.
Next three: 01/25 vs. Indiana; 01/29 at Purdue; 02/01 at Northwestern