College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers

College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.

Buckle up, hoops aficionados.  We could be in store for a wild ride in the polls this season.  The top of the rankings has already been in flux thanks to some huge early clashes between elite schools.  In this edition of Six Degrees of College Basketball, Villanova has two losses to top-5 teams (Purdue and UCLA).  The Bruins beat the Wildcats but then got pummeled by Gonzaga.  The 'Zags then drop a thriller to Duke.  The Blue Devils take Gonzaga's place at No. 1, only to lose their subsequent game against Ohio State.  Purdue remains undefeated, as does Baylor; the Bears play Villanova next week.  How's that for coming full circle?

Once conference play begins in earnest, we should get a better sense of the pretenders and contenders.  For now, though, let's enjoy a little holiday madness.

Let's profile some movers and shakers in this week's College Hoops Barometer.

UPGRADE

 Wendell Moore, G/F, Duke – Though the Blue Devils dropped their matchup with Ohio State on Tuesday following a riveting win over Gonzaga, Moore has taken his game to new heights as a junior.  His playmaking skills have been particularly impressive.  Moore is averaging 5.6 assists per contest, more than double his mark from a season ago.  He has also been getting into the lane and hitting a standout 56.1 percent of his shots from the field en route to an average of 17.9 points per tilt.  By contrast, he did not average double figures in points as

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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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College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers
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