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Sully's Court: Cincinnati, New Mexico are both on the rise

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  December 3, 2012 12:00 PM

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The Monday college basketball report after navigating through college football championship games and the NFL:

Five rising:

Cincinnati: The Bearcats are 7-0 after handing Alabama its first loss after six victories Saturday. Plus they had nice wins over Iowa State and Oregon in Las Vegas last week.

New Mexico: The Lobos are 8-0 and had a sneaky good win at Indiana State Saturday. Who even goes to play at Indiana State except Missouri Valley teams?

Providence: The Friars have only seven scholarship players healthy or eligible to play. Ed Cooley has done a great job, getting them to 6-2, with the two losses coming by a total of five points.

Virginia Tech: The Gobblers are 7-0 but there’s an asterisk -- six games have been played in Blacksburg, the other was a road win at North Carolina Greensboro.

Wyoming: The Fightin’ Fennis Dembos are 8-0 after beating Colorado in Laramie Saturday. Coach Larry Shyatt is in his third season in his second go-round at Wyoming. The first time he left after one season to go to Clemson. All was forgiven and he was welcomed back. So far, so good.

Five falling:

Florida State: The Seminoles looked like a tough unit after winning the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament in Brooklyn, but this past week lost consecutive home games, one to Minnesota (excusable) and the second one to Mercer (inexcusable).

Houston: Phi Slamma Jamma is a faint memory. The Cougars lost to Prairie View A&M last week and followed up with a loss to Texas A&M at home.

Kentucky: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars lost at home to Baylor, ending a 55-game winning streak against non-conference teams.

Northwestern: I’ll never figure out the Mildcats, who opened the season with six straight victories but then lost back-to-back home games against Maryland and Illinois Chicago.

Siena: The Saints blew a big lead to lose at home against UMass, then lost the city championship game to UAlbany. A bad week.

This week’s George Mason (best mid-major): Murray State.

This week’s Final Four:
Indiana, Duke, Michigan, Creighton

This week’s national champion: Indiana

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