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USC head coach Andy Enfield is authoring another impressive turnaround three years after taking Florida Gulf Coast to a Sweet 16.
Record: 15-3 (5-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 24
The stink from the blowout loss at Duke is starting to fade, as the Hoosiers haven't lost since. In fact, the team that was embarrassingly bad at Cameron Indoor leads the Big Ten in defensive efficiency in conference play, according to kenpom.com. (Things I never thought I'd write for $800, Alex.)
The Hoosiers deserve some love for their current 10-game winning streak and the vast improvement on defense, although both come with a caveat: Only one of those wins has come against a team that will have a shot to make the NCAA tournament. That's Notre Dame, who Indiana beat on a neutral floor in Indianapolis. Including the next four opponents, Indiana will play a stretch of 14 games with only one opponent (Notre Dame) that ranks in the top 50 on kenpom.com.
Record: 15-3 (3-2 Pac-12)
Previous rank: 22
The loss of freshman wing Allonzo Trier hasn't been as troublesome to the Arizona offense as you'd think it would be. Trier, who is averaging 14.8 points per game, has missed the last two games with a broken hand, and the Wildcats have put up 189 points in those two wins.
The Wildcats are by far the best offensive team in Pac-12 play, putting up 13.4 points per 100 possessions more than the next-closest offense (USC), per kenpom.com. It's the defense, surprisingly, that has held the 'Cats back and hasn't been up to the Sean Miller standard, ranking eighth in defensive efficiency in conference games.
Record: 13-3 (2-2 ACC)
Previous rank: 9
The Hurricanes went 0-2 this past week, but there's no shame in losing to Virginia and suddenly-lethal-at-home Clemson. The next two weeks will determine if Miami can contend for the ACC title. The 'Canes have four straight winnable games: at Boston College, home against Wake Forest and Duke and then on the road at NC State.
Record: 15-3 (3-2 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 23
The Boilermakers have what should be two gimmes—at Rutgers and then at home against Ohio State—before a trip to Iowa next Sunday. The Hawkeyes won the last meeting by holding Purdue's inside duo of Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan to a combined 12 points and 11 rebounds. Purdue needs more out of those two to win in Iowa City.
Record: 15-3 (4-1 Pac-12)
Previous rank: Not ranked
Andy Enfield took only two years to get Florida Gulf Coast to an NCAA tournament and Dunk City's run to the Sweet 16 is one of the best college basketball stories in recent memory. The turnaround at USC cannot rival the story of his success at FGCU, but it's arguably just as impressive. The Trojans sit atop the Pac-12 after going 5-31 in conference play in Enfield's first two seasons.