Barreling towards the home stretch of the regular season, the outlook is quite clear: We have a two-man race on our hands, and a bunch of notable contenders all jockeying for position at a completely different part of the track.
Barring a string of wild circumstances, the honor of national player of the year will probably come down to a choice between Kansas' Thomas Robinson and Kentucky's Anthony Davis. We've seen enough of each guy to confidently know what to expect in the coming weeks, meaning this might end up being close enough that it comes down to personal preference.
We know Anthony Davis isn't going to post back-to-back 30-point games just as much as we know Thomas Robinson isn't going to block 17 shots over the next week. These two players are special for different reasons, and while it's probably not fair to pigeonhole each one like this, it sort of feels like an offense vs. defense debate here.
In the end, somebody has to win this thing. Will voters have the belief that the two stat lines each player has produced are surprisingly equal, and therefore give Davis an edge for his team's place atop the sport? Because right now, that's exactly how we see things on this end. Extremely close, but the unibrowed sensation has a slight edge.
Full week 15 power rankings after the jump...
Apparently he can block shots. His miniscule foul rate is mind-blowing.
|2||-1||Only real weakness: Is becoming a tad turnover-prone. 4.33/gm over last six.
||Big Ten ranks: 1st-Reb/gm (10.5), 1st-DReb% (27.6), 9th-Ast/gm (3.5)
||Made only three 3P attempts since Feb. 4. Bluejays are 0-3 in that span.
||Block and steal rates are each up 1+% from his freshman #'s.
|6||--||Until someone else matches his 20-10 status, it'll be hard to drop him.
||Odd week. Solid vs. Duke (25 pts, 8-12 FTs) & lackluster vs. UV (4-of-15 FGs)
||Owns the exact same ORating last season right now (127.1)
||Yet another triple-double last week. His 13-5-10 line remains under-appreciated.
||Still the NCAA scoring leader (25.3). Attempted 194 FTs so far this season.
||20+ points in seven of the last nine games. Quietly having a wonderful year.
||UNC's stud def. rebounder. Zeller's off. reb prowess negates his upside though.
||Crazy as it sounds, his #'s aren't too far off from T-Rob's (No. 2).
||31 pts and seven triples despite the loss last wk. Got some great pub though.
||Compares favorably to Green (No. 3). Might even *gasp* be more versatile.
||Gave him the benefit of the doubt, which was a poor decision. Brutal week.|
Ranks 5th in the kPOY ($). Still far from spectacular in our eyes.
|18||--||Might be the hottest player in college hoops. Nonexistent buzz though.
||SEC play: At least 50% FGs all but once. That was a 24-14 night vs. Vandy.
|20||UNR||He's in the mix now. But how often is he really out-playing Barnes/ Henson?
Five who just missed:-Kentucky,