There's no question now. Duke is the best team in the nation. The Blue Devils have taken on a slew of contenders and have come out on top every time. After knocking off rival North Carolina last Thursday and Wake Forest on Sunday, they stand alone atop the ACC standings. As the only unbeaten team remaining, Duke also keeps its spot at the top of our rankings.
The Blue Devils aren't the only ones who are looking pretty good as we head to the final weeks of the regular season. Connecticut looked tournament ready when it went into Baton Rouge and knocked off LSU. And Texas A&M knocked Oklahoma from the top of the Big 12 standings in impressive fashion. That's why the Huskies and Aggies are on the move this week. Other teams are moving, too -- in the wrong direction.
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Duke Blue Devils (26-0)
Not only is Duke the best team, but the Blue Devils may also boast the best player. Lindsey Harding is making quite a case for national player of the year. Harding and Abby Waner are a great combination on both ends of the floor. Just as important, though, the Blue Devils aren't solely relying on their leading scorers to get the job done.
Next three: 2/15 vs. Boston College; 2/18 at Maryland; 2/25 vs. North Carolina
North Carolina Tar Heels (24-1)
The Tar Heels stars failed to shine against Duke. Ivory Latta and Erlana Larkins struggled, combining for just four field goals on 28 attempts. The good news is that you can't expect North Carolina to be off like that too often. The Tar Heels are sure to rebound, and will likely make the rematch with Duke in the regular-season finale interesting.
Next three: 2/12 at Florida State; 2/16 at N.C. State; 2/18 vs. Miami
Tennessee Volunteers (23-2)
Not that they've played incredibly poorly at any point this season, but the Lady Vols seem to be hitting another level. That might be because Alexis Hornbuckle has been playing so well. It was hard to find a Tennessee player that didn't play well in Sunday's win against Kentucky.
Next three: 2/15 vs. Ole Miss; 2/19 at LSU; 2/22 at Arkansas
Connecticut Huskies (22-2)
The Huskies have certainly gotten a good look at what the NCAA tournament will be like during their recent stretch, and they look ready. Connecticut has knocked off three ranked opponents in a row, including LSU. The 72-71 win in Baton Rouge can go a long way in building confidence for the postseason. It also shows that you just can't count the Huskies out.
Next three: 2/13 vs. Louisville; 2/17 vs. Pittsburgh; 2/20 at South Florida
Ohio State Buckeyes (22-1)
The Buckeyes have won 16 in a row, but it's a loss in the lineup that has them slipping behind the Huskies. Less than one year after tearing the Achilles tendon in her right foot, senior guard Brandi Hoskins suffered the same injury to her left foot. The loss is of their second-leading scorer is sure to affect the Buckeyes, who slipped by Minnesota and Illinois without her.
Next three: 2/15 vs. Wisconsin; 2/18 vs. Michigan State; 2/22 vs. Penn State
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