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On a roll (cont.)

Posted: Monday November 26, 2007 12:03PM; Updated: Monday November 26, 2007 1:19PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
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North Carolina Tar Heels (7-0)
It's been quite a while since we've seen the Tar Heels play someone capable of keeping up with them. Other than an early November game against Arizona State, the schedule has been filled with teams that are far less of a challenge. So thank goodness for Purdue and Tennessee; North Carolina will finally have the chance to show just how good it is.
Next three: 11/27 vs. College of Charleston; 11/29 vs. Purdue; 11/02 at Tennessee
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Duke Blue Devils (5-1)
The Blue Devils can't be happy about the outcome of Sunday's game against Connecticut. But the 26-point loss probably has more to do with how good the Huskies are. It's not often that you see Duke's starters struggle so much on offense, especially guard Abby Waner, who went 0-for-7 from the field. The game was Waner's first in two weeks because of ankle injury.
Next three: 11/28 at Vanderbilt; 12/02 at Penn State; 12/06 vs. Rutgers
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Stanford Cardinal (4-1)
All-America Candice Wiggins may be the only thing those away from the West Coast know about the Cardinal, but this team has more weapons than her. Stanford has good balance on offense and one of the more formidable frontcourts in the nation. Freshman Kayla Pederson continues to play fearlessly, combining with sophomore Jayne Appel for more than 30 points and 23 rebounds a game. They are a big reason that the Cardinal have gotten the better of everyone (except Connecticut).
Next three: 11/28 vs. San Francisco; 12/02 vs. UC Davis; 12/16 vs. Baylor
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Oklahoma Sooners (2-2)
The impressive streak of double-doubles by Courtney Paris came to end at 64 against Mississippi State, but the Sooners won the game. No doubt, Paris will get that streak going again, too. As impressive as she's been this season, however, it's twin sister, Ashley, who is leading the Sooners statistically by averaging 17.3 points and hitting 72 percent from the field.
Next three: 11/27 vs. North Texas; 12/02 vs. Arkansas State: 12/05 at Illinois
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LSU Tigers(3-2)
I hate to punish the Tigers too much for dropping a two-point game at Rutgers. However, it was the same old story for the LSU offense -- or lack thereof. The Tigers still have one of the best defenses in the country, though, and that's why they are still hanging in there in the rankings. That, and the fact that their two losses have been to a couple of really good teams in Rutgers and Maryland.
Next three: 11/29 at Houston; 12/02 at Tulane; 12/16 at Louisiana Tech

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