Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan provides weekly insights on men's college basketball until the champion is crowned at the Final Four in Atlanta.
Five on the rise:
George Washington: The Colonials beat Rhody and are in charge in the Atlantic 10 again.
Virginia Commonwealth: Even Globe North sports writer Julian Benbow, a VCU grad, is on the bandwagon after the Rams beat Drexel for their 10th victory without a loss in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Austin Peay: The Governors are back in a familiar place in the Ohio Valley Conference, first place, after beating Samford. Who remembers the great Fly Williams?
Stanford: The Cardinal were totally overlooked this season but after Sunday's victory over UCLA (plus a win over Southern Cal Thursday), they're another tough team in the Pac-10 and an NCAA contender.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels were awesome in crushing Arizona on Saturday. Maybe they're a Final Four team after all.
UConn: At some point, Jim Calhoun will turn this group into a good team but it's not going to be this season. Huskies lost to Providence on Saturday.
LSU: Tigers lost at home to Vanderbilt and at the buzzer against Georgia.
Rutgers: A loss to South Florida officially makes the Knights the worst team in the Big East.
Temple: The Owls lost to Duquesne Saturday and are now 1-5 in the Atlantic 10.
Iona: 0 and 20, and counting.
This week's George Mason: Butler. The Bulldogs are still playing great.
This week's Final Four: Florida, UCLA, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh. One of these four would have to beat North Carolina in a region final.
This week's National Champion: Florida
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