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Sully's Court: Iowa State and our new favorite player, Royce White

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  January 9, 2012 08:59 AM

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Five rising:
Arkansas:
I wondered why Mike Anderson would leave Missouri with the great team he had returning to take the Arkansas job. Maybe he knows what he’s doing. After upsetting Mississippi State Saturday night, Anderson’s Razorbacks are 12-3 with a seven-game winning streak.
Dayton: The best basketball fans in the America have to be pleasantly surprised at the Flyers' 12-4 record plus they opened Atlantic 10 play with two upsets, beating Saint Louis and Temple. Temple was at home and coming a victory over Duke.
Iowa State: Our new favorite player Royce White had 10 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists as the Cyclones won their seventh straight by winning at Texas A&M for the first time in 11 years. It was the first time in seven years they’ve beaten Texas A&M anywhere.
Nevada: The Wolfpack have won nine in a row and 11 of 12 and really established themselves as the favorite in the WAC by winning at Utah State, some hing few teams do.
Seton Hall: What a job Kevin Willard has done transforming the Pirates from wild and whacky to savy and tough-minded as evidenced by their big win over UConn in Newark and a decisive road over Providence.

Five falling:
UConn:
The Huskies had two nightmare trips to Jersey, losing to Seton Hall and Rutgers. Even the return of Jim Calhoun from suspension couldn’t help the Huskies in Piscataway.
Jacksonville: Artis Gilmore must be in agony; the Dolphins are 2-13 and have lost 11 in a row.
Navy: The Middies have really fallen on hard times at 3-12 plus they’ve lost eight in a row and 12 of their last 13.
Ohio: I thought the Bobcats might be special but had a bad week, losing at home to Robert Morris and then on the road to Bowling Green.
Towson: The Tigers have hit rock bottom, they’re 0-16 on the year and have lost an NCAA record 34 straight. In their last two games, they’ve scored 27 and 34 points.
Western Kentucky: The once-proud Hilltoppers are 5-11 and lost at home to Troy Saturday. Earlier last week, they lost on the final play when Louisiana Lafayette had six players on the court (tough to defend for anyone). Then they fired the coach Ken McDonald.

This week’s George Mason (best mid-major): Murray State, the Racers are 16-0, which ties the best start in school history tying the 1935-36 team.

This week’s Final Four: North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse. Made a switch here. I’m really impressed with Syracuse’s talent and depth. The Orange replace Missouri, which played poorly at Kansas State. Still really like the Tigers.

This week’s national champion:
North Carolina

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