College basketball picks: Does being (or beating) No. 1 matter?
ESPN.com's college hoops experts make their picks for this weekend, which includes an intriguing UNC-Virginia matchup.
No. 2 Kansas readies for visit from No. 20 Colorado
Scrubbing all combinations involving two big men in the Kansas basketball lineup would be almost disingenuous to coach Bill Self, because the strategy contradicts presumed roster strengths.
No. 25 Utah State back home, ready for Fresno State
No. 25-ranked Utah State heads home Saturday for its first Mountain West Conference game at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, hosting Fresno State in Logan, Utah.
Battle-tested No. 13 Oregon hosts Hawaii
Coming off a good showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis nonconference tournament in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving week, the Oregon Ducks take the court for a game for the first time in eight days when they host Hawaii on Saturday in Eugene.
No. 3 Maryland preparing for Illinois' size inside
Big Ten Conference play heats up Saturday when Illinois visits third-ranked Maryland at College Park, Md.
Fairleigh Dickinson next up for No. 8 Kentucky
Kentucky (6-1) should have little trouble running its win streak to five in a row when Fairleigh Dickinson (2-5) visits Lexington, Ky., on Saturday afternoon.
BPI Off Leader
BPI Def Leader
7-Day RK CHG Leader
|RK||TEAM||CONF||W-L||BPI Off||BPI Def||BPI||7-Day RK CHG|
|1||North Carolina CentralNCCU||MEAC||25-9||-0.7||2.0||1.3||--|
|10||South Carolina StateSCST||MEAC||11-20||-4.9||-9.2||-14.1||--|
|13||North Carolina A&TNCAT||MEAC||3-29||-7.4||-10.2||-17.6||--|
- BPI Off: BPI Offense measures a team's offensive strength compared an average offense on a scale of points per 70 possessions.
- BPI Def: BPI Defense measures a team's defensive strength compared an average defense on a scale of points per 70 possessions.
- BPI: Basketball Power Index measures a team's true strength going forward; expected point margin per 70 possessions vs an average opponent on a neutral court. BPI = BPI OFF + BPI DEF.
- 7-Day RK CHG: Team's BPI rank change from seven days ago.