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The Line with Caroline: Mid-season Surprises

It’s time to take a look at mid-season surprises.
With less than two months before conference championships begin, the number one team in the land is always up for grabs.  This spot in college hoops is my newest surprise.
The coveted spot has flip-flopped every week for the last month.  Today there is another new number one, the Michigan Wolverines.  Michigan hasn’t been ranked in the top spot since 1992 and the Fab Five.   Within the last week then-number-one Duke fell to Miami (Fl), then-number-three Syracuse fell to Villanova and Michigan is the team that came out on top (this week).
This season shows the great parity in college hoops today and why college basketball is the most exciting basketball.
Here were my early season surprises that I wrote about in December:
Illinois
Cincinnati
Minnesota
New Mexico
Wichita State
Dropped out-
Illinois and Minnesota… both of these teams started off strong, but have three game losing streaks.
There are two new teams to take their place on the list.
Butler
This team has beat Indiana, Gonzaga and then-ranked North Carolina.  Impressive for a team that wasn’t even ranked. Senior transfer from Arkansas, Rotnei Clarke, has led this team averaging 16.7 ppg and they are impressing.  Combine Clarke’s in-the-gym shooting range with Roosevelt’s Jones grit and Brad Stevens coaching prowess and no one should be surprised that the Bulldogs are in the mix once again.
Oregon
With big wins over Arizona, UNLV, and UCLA, this team is now on my radar.  The Ducks have won nine straight since their triple overtime loss against UTEP back in December.
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    • Yeah… funny how when I write about how teams are doing well… they lose to unranked teams. Well, then again, this is like how most ranked teams fare on a weekend… about 50% lose!