Conference play has brought a blizzard of upsets in NCAA basketball, and some of the leading candidates for the Naismith Award have seen their teams go down to painful defeats. The ones who have kept winning since our last look at the front-runners are building Player of the Year credentials that go beyond their individual stats.
Of course, it helps to be doing well in both categories, as Kansas’ Jeff Withey undoubtedly is. The senior center remains the second-leading shot-blocker in all of college hoops, and his defense has the Jayhawks on the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games and counting.
Herein, a closer look at Withey and the rest of the 20 leading contenders to take home the Naismith hardware this season.