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Power rankings (cont.)

Posted: Monday January 28, 2008 4:51PM; Updated: Wednesday January 30, 2008 4:17PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
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Baylor Bears (18-1)
If there's a coach that could give Summitt a run for her money in the competitive category, it's Kim Mulkey. Without the star power that surrounds the Tennessee legened, the Bears rely on the team's only McDonald's All-American, sophomore Danielle Wilson. On defense, they're the stingiest in the Big 12, allowing just 53.5 points a game. That hard work has Baylor at the top of the Big 12.

Next three: 1/30 vs. Texas; 2/2 at Kansas State; 2/5 at Oklahoma State
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Louisiana State Tigers (16-3)
LSU gets the award for longevity after winning the 700th game in school history on Sunday, but it wasn't the accomplishment that had coach Van Chancellor excited. It's the fact that his offense seems to be catching up to the defense, which has been one of the best in the country for some time now. Since the start of SEC play, the Tigers have become more accurate and productive on offense, hitting 51 percent from the field, an improvement of eight percent, in the last five games.

Next three: 1/31 vs. South Carolina; 2/3 at Florida; 2/7 at Alabama
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Stanford Cardinal (17-3)
Heading into Saturday's game against California, Candice Wiggins needed just 40 points to overtake Kate Starbird (2,215) as the school's all-time scoring leader. She put up 28 points to get closer to that record and her team just one game behind California in the Pac-10 standings. There's no doubt Wiggins will soon top Starbird, and there's a good chance that she'll take the Cardinal to the top of the league again. When it comes to big games, Wiggins comes through.

Next three: 1/31 vs. USC; 2/2 vs. UCLA; 2/5 at Santa Clara
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Duke Blue Devils (15-4)
Duke may be the underdog going into Monday night's game against Tennessee, but the Blue Devils actually have a few things on their side. They do have the longest winning streak at home, having won 24 straight at Cameron. Injuries throughout the season have enabled the Blue Devils to build some pretty good depth. That's something they haven't had often, even during Final Four runs. With all 12 players averaging at least 10 minutes, the Blue Devils' reserves have more than doubled the scoring output of opposing benches with a 522-246 advantage.

Next three: 1/28 vs. Tennessee; 2/1 vs. Virginia Tech; 2/4 vs. North Carolina
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California Golden Bears (17-2)
"We needed to come out more confident," Cal coach Joanne Boyle said after Saturday's 72-52 loss to Stanford. "They're a great team, but we're 8-1. It's one step backwards. We have to come out swinging. Everybody is after us, and we have to gain confidence on the offensive end. We have been confident and shot really well this year." With Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton combining for almost 29 points a game, the Golden Bears still have a lot of potential to stay at the top of the conference.

Next three: 1/31 vs. UCLA; 2/2 vs. USC; 2/7 at Oregon State

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