The WBCA announced the 2008 WBCA Superlative award winners a few days ago. We'll follow up with some superlative teams in this week's power rankings.
|NCAA Basketball Power Rankings|
Conneticut Huskies (19-0)
Geno Auriemma was the coaches' choice as most likely to draw a technical foul. There's nothing foul about the way his Huskies are playing, though. North Carolina is the only team that's managed to stay close to Connecticut since its 12-point win over Stanford in November. The Huskies have won every game this season by double digits. Renee Montgomery seems determined to keep it that way -- she's scored 65 points since moving to the point to the shooting guard spot three games ago.
Next three: 1/30 vs. South Florida; 2/2 vs. Providence; 2/5 at Rutgers
Tennessee Lady Vols (17-1)
The Lady Vols cleaned up in the awards department, winning six of the 10, including best tradition and most competitive coach. In traditional fashion, the Lady Vols have continued to make it difficult for opponents. They've been even harder to beat since the start of SEC play. Tennessee outscored its non-conference opponents (most of which are in the top 25) by 21 points a game. That margin has increased to 28 in league play. Vanderbilt is the only SEC team that has managed to put up more than 60 against Tennessee, but came up short in a 79-63 loss.
Next three: 1/28 at Duke; 1/31 at Ole Miss; 2/3 vs. Kentucky
North Carolina Tar Heels (18-2)
North Carolina may end up with the award for the team with the least dropoff after graduating two of its biggest stars. No offense to Ivory Latta and Camille Little, but their absence hasn't taken too big of a toll on the Tar Heels. With five players averaging more than 10 points, the Tar Heels offense is even more productive -- that's why North Carolina hasn't had the same leading scorer more than two games in a row this season.
Points/game 89.8 83.7
Rebounds/game 49.3 45.3
Assists/game 18.9 17.8
Steals/game 14.7 14.3
Turnovers/game 19.7 19.7
Next three: 1/31 at Wake Forest; 2/4 at Duke; 2/7 vs. Clemson
Maryland Terrapins (22-2)
Time might have finally run out on Maryland in last week's double-overtime loss to North Carolina last week, but there's no question the Terrapins have earned the honor of overtime team. There was the overtime win that sent them to the Final Four two seasons ago. And, of course, the overtime win against Duke that gave the Terrapins the national title. That North Carolina defeat wasn't even the first time Maryland played two extra periods. The Terrapins beat Georgia Tech in double-OT on Jan. 20.
Next three: 1/26 at North Carolina; 1/31 vs. Miami; 2/4 at Virginia Tech
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (17-2)
Rutgers shot 50 percent against Villanova, and still put up just 63 points. But that's all the Scarlet Knights have needed during their 12-game winning streak, in which only Marquette (61) has scored more than 60. It's hard to score when you're facing a defense that's held its last 27 opponents to less than 50 percent from the field.
Next three: 1/29 at West Virginia; 2/2 at Pittsburgh; 2/5 vs. Connecticut
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