WEEKEND GAME TO WATCH
No. 6 Kansas at No. 3 Oklahoma, 1:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
If you've been counting down to this rematch, you likely won't be disappointed. Remember the game that took three overtimes to resolve and featured a 46-point performance by someone on the losing team? Yeah, Round 2 is coming at you, full force.
It's been a little more than a month since Kansas topped Oklahoma 109-106 and the sheen has not faded. Buddy Hield still is raining threes like salt on a rib-eye.
And after gutty wins over West Virginia and Texas for Kansas and Oklahoma, respectively, expect these two teams to be operating at full tilt.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
106: Point differential in Kentucky's past four home games, all wins, but the Wildcats have dropped three of the last four on the road heading into Saturday's game at South Carolina.
1: Number of teams ranked in analyst Ken Pomeroy's top 15 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. The team? Virginia.
20-5: Indiana's record, one victory better than fellow Big Ten leader Iowa (19-5) after Thursday's win. But Iowa's strength of schedule ranks 12th nationally, while Indiana's sits at 147.
Duke has been somewhat of a mystery this season. After a few good but not great wins in nonconference, the Blue Devils started league play 3-3 after a head-scratching three-game losing streak that didn't include any of the league leaders.
After Monday's 72-65 win over Louisville, Duke is starting to look more consistent and reliable. But do the Blue Devils belong with the big boys? The next three game stretch involving Virginia at home and North Carolina and Louisville (again) on the road will go a long way in answering that.