College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers
College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.

Thus far this season we've covered some surprising upstarts like Buffalo and Houston, along with the perennial contenders like Duke and Villanova. How about the most disappointing teams in America? Indiana certainly qualifies, as the Hoosiers have lost seven games in a row in conference play, with freshman sensation Romeo Langford already having one foot out the door en route to the NBA. Or what about West Virginia? Huggy Bear's Mountaineers have made the big dance four years in a row, but currently sit in dead last in the Big 12 and have what seems to be an insurmountable hill to climb to make a case for March Madness inclusion. Then again, perhaps there has been no greater disappointment than the entire Pac-12 conference. Besides Washington at 8-0 in league play, the rest of the league looks entirely flat. Even Arizona is beatable, and other than Arizona State, the rest of the conference is barely above .500 overall. An extremely poor non-conference record will do no favors for those squads come Selection Sunday.

But why focus only on the negatives? We'll examine both sides of the coin in this week's College Hoops Barometer.

UPGRADE

Tremont Waters, G, LSU - After an inconsistent start to the season, Waters appears to have hit his stride. The sophomore has scored in double figures in 11 straight games for the Tigers, including a 36-point explosion at Texas A&M on Saturday. When he's not getting his own buckets, Waters has gotten his teammates involved. He's

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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