This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
The biggest surprise of the college basketball season thus far comes out of Greenville, S.C. That's the home of the mighty Furman Paladins, who are ranked in the top 25. I honestly had to look up what a Paladin was (sorry, Dungeons & Dragons is only cool when played by the kids in "Stranger Things"). For those like myself who were previously uninformed, a Paladin is essentially a knight. By any name or definition, though, the Paladins have become a Cinderella story months before the NCAA Tournament even tips. Furman is 11-0 with wins over defending champion Villanova and Final Four participant Loyola-Chicago.
Furman hasn't been in the NCAA Tournament since 1980, and it has never been ranked until now. That's 106 years of Paladin basketball, in case you were wondering. Furman visits LSU just before Christmas is what could signal an end to the undefeated start, but it's been a wild ride so far for junior guard Jordan Lyons, senior forward Matt Rafferty, and the rest of the Furman faithful.
Let's take a look at some other movers and shakers in this week's College Hoops Barometer.
Yoeli Childs, F, BYU - Childs has been playing like a man possessed lately. He recently scored 31 points in three-straight games for the Cougs, shooting nearly 65 percent from the field over that span. Childs is averaging a double-double on the year as well, spurred by a five-game streak of such outputs to begin the 2018-19 campaign. BYU may have a