It has been a wild ride from 351 to 68 to 16. Just look at Syracuse, which didn’t even finish in the top 10 of the final ACC regular-season standings, but will be one of the final 10 teams still alive on Friday night when it takes on Duke. This feels like a good time to release a specific Sweet 16 power rankings update, given what we learned over the past few weeks.
As a reminder: I’m doing this from a betting perspective. So, for example, the No. 1 team would be favored over every other team on the list, and so on. Got it? Let’s get to it.
16. Kansas State
Star forward Dean Wade is apparently “98%” certain he’ll play against Kentucky. A healthy Wade could create problems for a UK team that has had holes defensively at the rim. Plus, Wade’s mobility will open the floor for KSU’s quick backcourt. Given how well both KSU and UK defend ball screens, that could turn their game into a grinder quickly. However, UK’s newfound efficient half-court offense mixed with KSU’s defensive rebounding struggles will probably be too much to overcome in the battle of the Wildcats.