College Basketball Mid-Season Update:

The first half of this college basketball season has been anything but predictable, even so, there are two definitive facts that fans of the sport know: The first is that Gonzaga/Baylor are the two best teams… and it isn’t close. The second being that Luka Garza is the best player in the country. Other than that, everything else is up in the air. This year more than ever, it seems like each conference seemingly cannibalizes each other on a weekly basis. The middle of these power five conferences have never been stronger, and it is taking a toll on some of the teams at the top of their conferences, some of which already have multiple in-conference losses (see Wisconsin, Kansas, and Tennessee as reference points). What this will mean come tourney time is there will be multiple 10+ loss teams that will get into the tourney. The scariest part about these teams with 10, 11, or maybe even 12 losses? They are still going to be able to compete or even beat anyone. With all of this parity across the country, this season is shaping up to be one of the most memorable March’s in recent memory. I mean something’s got to make up for the lack of a tournament last year, right? Get your Bankrolls ready. Let's take a look at where we stand now.

My current top 10:

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Villanova

4. Texas

5. Houston

6. Michigan

7. Iowa

8. Virginia

9. Ohio State

10. Alabama

Personal Wooden Award List:

1. Luka Garza, C, Iowa: 26.9 ppg, 8.9 reb, 61.0 FG%

2. Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga: 20.6 ppg, 4.9 reb, 58.2 FG%

3. Ayo Dosunmo, G, Illinois: 21.7 ppg, 6.3 reb, 4.9 ast

4. Jared Butler, G, Baylor: 17.1 ppg, 3.2 reb, 5.4 ast

5. Marcus Carr, G, Minnesota: 20.9 ppg, 4.1 reb, 5.2 ast

Sleeper pick: Justin Champagnie, F, Pitt: 19.9 ppg, 12.4 reb, 53.4 FG%

Teams with a (analytical) chance to win March Madness (per KenPom)*:

*Based on KenPom analytics:

Since 2002, 17 of the last 18 champions have had an adjusted offensive efficiency of 25th or better, while 14 of the champs had an adjusted defensive efficiency of 25th or better as well. This year these are the teams that (currently) meet that criteria.

Top 3 Sleeper teams that could make some noise come March:

1) Saint Louis (7-1)

2) Florida State (9-2)

3) Missouri (10-2)

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