A weekly (or so) ranking of college basketball teams on the basis of watchability and with very little regard to how good they might be.
1. Miami. The Hurricanes are watchable for the sole reason that they render their opponents utterly unwatchable. In the first seven minutes of Miami's 26-point win over North Carolina, UNC scored only five points. The Hurricanes, under second-year coach Jim Larranaga, rely on man defense that encourages switching and requires bigs to show on screens. The goal is to keep opponents from penetrating the lane, so even if a Miami guard is late going over a screen, the big—whether it's Kenny Kadji, Julian Gamble, or Reggie Johnson—shows hard or flat hedges to ensure a dark green jersey blocks a view of the basket. And if they keep driving, they'll likely get blocked. This team, so far, has no defensive weak spots—they shuffle so smoothly on D that just two opponents have scored 70 or more points this season. (Pre-game speeches like this help, too.) Another upside: When you're getting steals, you're getting fast breaks, and sophomore guard Shane Larkin makes for pretty results on the other end of the court.
Next game: Today vs. Wake Forest
2. Indiana. My Victor Oladipo moment? Indiana-Michigan State. Oladipo is inbounding the ball with five seconds left in the first half. Oladipo, seeing all four Hoosiers were well covered, throws the ball off the back of Matt Costello, catches it on the bounce, and slams home a two-handed dunk. He's a show unto himself.
Next game: Tuesday at Minnesota