We were ready to make the move. It looked like there was a new Player of the Year about to happen.
Then Buddy Hield went to West Virginia. The Sooners had lost three of four games before the senior did what he does best last weekend—shoot the ball at a ferocious clip—and won at a Top 10 team. Hield made nine of 21 shots (five three-pointers) and scored 29 points.
The road win doesn't make Hield's team the favorite again to win the Big 12. But it does keep him in the front of our POY standings, even as Michigan State's Denzel Valentine has played some dazzling ball lately.
Check out the updated rankings.
The nine other candidates on this list are having fine seasons in their own right. See where some shifts have taken place within the rest of the field.
Also considered: Perry Ellis, Kansas; Damion Lee, Louisville; Dillon Brooks, Oregon; Jakob Poeltl, Utah