Power Ranking the College Basketball Naismith Player of the Year Candidates

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Power Ranking the College Basketball Naismith Player of the Year Candidates
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College basketball’s conference schedule is serving up plenty of high-stakes clashes (like Saturday’s Indiana-Michigan showdown), and the race for Naismith Player of the Year honors is tightening up accordingly.

In the week since our last set of rankings, there wasn’t a more impressive big-game effort than the Hoosiers’ home win over the top-ranked Wolverines. Preseason Naismith favorite Cody Zeller looked spectacular in the victory, but the game also showcased the value of Zeller’s high-energy teammate Victor Oladipo, who makes his first appearance in these rankings.

Read on for more on both Hoosier stars, along with the rest of the 20 best candidates to hoist this season’s Naismith trophy.

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