College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers
College Hoops Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.

The top of the SEC is downright frightening this season. Kentucky is playing superbly, posting a nine-game winning streak, and the Wildcats are almost always the cream of the crop in this conference. However, the SEC also boasts the No. 1 team in the country in Tennessee, and let's not forget about LSU either. Although the Tigers just lost their first conference game of the year Saturday to Arkansas, LSU is still in the running for the SEC regular season crown. LSU sophomore Tremont Waters doesn't get nearly enough publicity, and LSU has a towering front line featuring 6-foot-10 freshman Naz Reid and 6-11 senior Kavell Bigby-Williams. That duo may even remind some hoops historians of the tandem on Tyrus Thomas and Glen Davis, who once led the LSU to the Final Four. The Tigers have only been to the NCAA Tournament twice since that magical 2006 run, but this year's squad certainly appears poised to make some noise in March. Naturally, these teams all face each other during the next month, but the SEC could have three extremely heavy hitters come tourney time.

Let's look at some more notable names in this week's College Hoops Barometer.

UPGRADE

Ethan Happ, F, Wisconsin - Happ is certainly making a push for Big Ten Player of the Year, and perhaps even National Player of the Year as well. Happ has two triple-doubles on the season, but flirts with a triple-double virtually every time he steps on the floor. The Badgers are on

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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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