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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Monday February 12, 2007 1:26PM; Updated: Monday February 12, 2007 4:05PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Rank LW School
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LSU Tigers (22-3)
So close. LSU could just have easily been the team moving up instead of Connecticut. The Tigers came up just short of forcing the Huskies into overtime. Sure, the defense gave up 72 points, but several players came through on the offensive end. That's something the Tigers will need in the SEC and NCAA tournaments. Sylvia Fowles can do it all, but she can't do it all alone.
Next three: 2/15 at Arkansas; 2/19 vs. Tennessee; 2/22 at Vanderbilt
7 7
Maryland Terrapins (24-3)
The Terrapins are learning that it's not easy being the defending champs. There's no room to let up. That's why head coach Brenda Frese wasn't pleased with her team's lack of focus on Sunday. After building a big lead against Virginia, the Terps allowed the Cavaliers to make the final score much closer than the game really was. Chances are Frese's team won't make that mistake again.
Next three: 2/15 at Florida State; 2/18 vs. Duke; 2/25 at Boston College
8 8
George Washington Colonials (21-2)
Seventeen points. That's all St. Bonaventure could muster in the first half against George Washington. I don't care who you play, if you hold a team to 17 points in 20 minutes, you're pretty good. The Colonials can't help that they don't play in the ACC or SEC. George Washington is doing what it's supposed to -- win.
Next three: 2/15 at Charlotte; 2/18 at Saint Louis; 2/23 vs. Saint Joseph's
9 9
Georgia Lady Bulldogs (21-5)
Georgia has put together a couple of well-balanced games since a loss to Tennessee on Feb. 5. The Bulldogs forced 47 turnovers in victories over South Carolina and Alabama. That led to 173 points on the offensive end. Granted, the numbers were against teams at or near the bottom of the SEC standings, but it all builds momentum heading into the postseason.
Next three: 2/15 at Kentucky; 2/18 at Auburn; 2/25 vs. Arkansas
10 10
Stanford Cardinal (21-4)
Stanford is back on track, winning two straight since a loss to California. But an injury to Candice Wiggins is worth watching. Wiggins left Saturday's game against Washington with a sprained right ankle. Stanford, however, has shown it can win without Wiggins. She sat out earlier in the season when Stanford knocked off USC.
Next three: 2/15 at Oregon State; 2/17 at Oregon; 2/22 vs. UCLA



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