Three unbeaten teams remain: Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State. Of course, history tells us it’s very, very difficult to continue that trend for a full season — no team has gone undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. But according to kenpom.com, one team has a relatively respectable chance at doing so — Wichita State has a 33.6 percent shot at the distinction, compared with a 13 percent chance for Arizona and 0.7 percent chance for Syracuse. Still a long shot, to be sure, but not as bad as one might think.
• The weirdness of the ACC extends beyond its flip-flop of power. As John Gasaway points out on his blog, the conference has been unusually slow this season, averaging 62.6 possessions per game as a whole. Looking through kenpom.com, that’s the slowest by far the conference has been in at least 10 years, and it was only a few years ago, in 2008, that the ACC was the fastest league in the nation. Syracuse is a big part of the new slow-down, managing a stunningly sluggish 54.8 possessions per game.
• By now, everyone has heard plenty about Creighton’s 21-three-pointer game. Can that stat get even more impressive? Maybe it can. According to a markup of the Bluejays’ momentous 96-68 win at Villanova, found on reddit.com by ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan, 18 of those came from behind the NBA three-point line (23 feet, 9 inches, compared to 20 feet, 9 inches in the NCAA). Wow.
• The midseason Wooden Award watch list was released with 25 names on Wednesday, but most would agree it was far from complete. Joel Embiid, who has been the major factor, rather than Andrew Wiggins, for Kansas’ resurgence, was nowhere to be found. Neither were Big Ten players Gary Harris (Michigan State) or Nik Stauskas (Michigan), who have both improved tremendously from a year ago and have led their respective teams to the top of the league despite major injuries on their squads. No matter:
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