Twenty games into season and college basketball is beginning to take shape. Unusual year so far with a wide variety of teams and conferences making the March to Madness; the nations top 10 contains only one Big Ten team in number one Ohio State and number 3 Duke is the only ACC top ten team. With two Mountain West teams in the top 10; BYU with the nations leading scorer Jimmer Fredette, and San Diego State.
So where do our southern teams come into play? Heading into February here are the best bets from the ACC and the SEC making the March to Madness.
Starting with the ACC and Duke; the 3rd ranked Duke Blue Devils have just one loss. Coach Ks team holds the nations longest active home win streak and three of the Blue Devils final six home games come against Boston College, Virginia Tech and Clemson, a combined 5-75 in Durham. Going by todays poll, Duke wont play a ranked opponent for the rest of the regular season.
Florida State is the only other ranked ACC squad at 22. FSU only plays Duke once this year and they gave the Devils their only loss 66-61. At just 70 points a game, the Seminoles can struggle offensively, but are 10th in the country in rebounding.
Moving onto the SEC; number 14 Kentucky re-loaded after losing what amounts to an entire team to the NBA draft. This years freshman class is not as spectacular but getting better game by game; Power forward Terrance Jones is averaging over 18 points and almost 9 boards a game and hes not alone. Fellow freshman Brandon Knight is averaging over 17 points a game and is shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc. Kentucky has defeated every ranked opponent they have faced this year.
Number 24 Florida has quietly put together a season that will get them into the field of 65. The Gators are 16-4 and first in the SEC East at 5-1, after beating Georgia in two overtimes this week. If you take out the drubbing from Ohio State, the Gators other 3 losses came at a combined total of 9 points. Florida still has to play number 14 Kentucky and number 19 Vanderbilt twice each.
In the ACC, Boston College and North Carolina will probably make the march, as will Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama in the SEC.