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        Player of the week: Lynn Greer

        Temple's 6-foot-2 senior guard has averaged 31.7 points over his last three games. That includes 43 points against Fordham (Jan. 30) and 34 against St. Joseph's (last Saturday). Against the Hawks, he was 18-of-18 from the foul line. Greer averages 22.7 ppg and is No. 2 on Temple's career scoring list. During this three-game span, he is 26-of-54 from the field, 12-of-22 from 3-point range and 31-of-32 from the foul line.

        Who's hot?


        Let's hear it for one of the mid-majors. The Golden Flashes have won eight in a row and are 17-5. They have the best record in the Mid-American Conference at 10-1.

        Casey Jacobsen

        We know, he was our Player of the Week last week. But you can't ignore a guy who's scored more than 40 points twice in three games. The Stanford star went for 41 Thursday in an overtime victory over Oregon, a week after scoring 49 against Arizona State. He's averaged 29.3 points over his last six games.


        Thirty-two teams? Forty teams? Whatever. The afterthought postseason tournament decided to expand its amount of teams for one year as an experiment. We don't mind. Heck, let's shoot for another 64-team tournament. More games for more teams. What can be so bad about that?

        Who's not?


        We know, the schedule's been brutal. But four straight losses are four straight losses, even though they have come against North Carolina State, Maryland, Missouri and Duke. Pete Gillen's Cavaliers are just 4-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.


        We have witnessed several occasions this season when fans attending college basketball games have become mean-spirited and pushed the limits toward bad taste. And it's not just students, it's adults, too. Players have to learn to handle themselves better and avoid interaction with, say, a hostile student section, but the bottom line is fan behavior is too often unacceptable.

        C-USA rookies

        Nice addition to Conference USA men's basketball, eh? East Carolina and TCU are both 2-8, a combined 4-16 record joining a league that would only have had one NCAA Tournament team last spring if not for Charlotte's upset of UC in the league tournament.

        How "sweet' it is

        Enquirer power ratings for the top 16 teams in the country

        1.Duke (21-1)
       Time to look ahead to Feb. 17 game at Maryland

        2.Kansas (20-2)
       Tough tests: vs. Texas Tech today, at Texas Monday

        3.Maryland (18-3)
       Looked sharp beating Virginia and N.C. State

        4.Alabama (20-3)
       Won six straight; running away in SEC West

        5.Oklahoma (18-3)
       Will try to sweep Okla. St. on Wednesday

        6.Cincinnati (21-2)
       Does Skip Prosser have UC's number? Tune in

        7.Gonzaga (21-3)
       Still second to Pepperdine in WCC standings

        8.Florida (17-4)
       Rallying a bit; big game Tuesday at Georgia

        9.Miami, Fla. (20-3)
       Nice win over UConn; travels to BC today

        10.Arizona (16-6)
       Great win at Stanford; big test Thursday at UCLA

        11.Georgia (18-5)
       Tries to keep SEC East lead Tuesday vs. Florida

        12.Kentucky (15-6)
       Still up & down against nation's toughest sked

        13.Oregon (17-6)
       Lost in OT at Stanford; tough one today at Cal

        14.Marquette (20-3)
       Won nine straight; beating UC was validation

        15.Pittsburgh (20-4)
       Fights Syracuse for Big East West lead Sunday

        16.UCLA (16-6)
       Beat USC Wednesday; flies to Villanova today


               This week's topic: Top five upsets of the season thus far.

        1. Florida State 77, Duke 76 (Jan. 6). Well, it's the only loss by the top-ranked team, for starters. Then there's the fact FSU is a .500 team.

        2. Ball State 93, Kansas 91 (Nov. 19). What a start to the season. This Maui Invitational shocker didn't seem quite so far-fetched when the Cardinals beat UCLA the next day. Kansas is 20-1 since this loss; BSU is just 13-7 since beating UCLA.

        3. Portland 79, Oregon 78 (Dec. 2). The Pilots, No. 265 in the RPI, haven't beaten anyone else in the top 190 of the RPI.

        4. Western Kentucky 64, Kentucky 52 (Nov. 15). The reason UK occasionally welcomes in-state teams to Rupp Arena is that it would never actually (si) lose (ei) to one of them. Or so it thought.

        5. Wright State 90, Butler 87, 2 OT (Jan. 2). The Bulldogs were 13-0, ranked for the first time in 54 years and at home against a middling Horizon League foe.

        Honorable mention: Eastern Washington 68, Saint Joseph's 67 (Nov. 15); San Francisco 55, Michigan 47 (Dec. 29); Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 59 (Feb. 2).

        MUST-SEE TV

        Keep an eye on these games in the upcoming week:

        --Cincinnati at Wake Forest, noon today (Ch. 9): UC fans know well that Skip Prosser has won four of his last five meetings with the Bearcats.

        --Louisville at Indiana, 1 p.m. today (Ch. 12): It's not Knight vs. Crum any more. But it's still a border battle.

        --Xavier at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. today (Ch. 64): XU takes the nation's longest winning streak to Middleofnowhere, N.Y.

        --Florida at Georgia, 9 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN): Raise your hand if you thought this was the team Florida would be chasing for the SEC East title.

        --North Carolina State at Duke, 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN): The Wolfpack are poised to enter the Top 25.


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