Indiana's Cody Zeller gets more pub, but it could be argued Plumlee has had the best season of any big man thus far. First off, there's the fact that the Blue Devils, ranked No. 2 right behind the Hoosiers, are unbeaten with wins over Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State — all Final Four teams last season. Then you add the stats: top 10 in the nation in double-doubles and shooting percentage, top 15 in rebounding.
Cody Zeller, Indiana
For starters, he's the best player on the nation's top-ranked team. He entered the season considered by many as the frontrunner for player of the year, and has done little to change that perception. He leads the unbeaten Hoosiers in scoring at 15 points per game, makes better than 60 percent of his shots (putting him in the top 15 in the nation) and averages more than 7 rebounds per game.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Last season, Carter-Williams averaged 10 minutes, 2.1 assists and 2.7 points per game as a freshman. This season? He's certainly grown up. Carter-Williams leads the nation with almost 10 assists per game and chips in 12 points per game for the No. 4 team in the nation, to boot. Oh yeah, he's also second in the nation in steals. It's scary to think what he would what he would do as a junior . . . almost as scary as believing he'll be back for his junior season.
Trey Burke, Michigan
The nation's No. 3 team is led by the best backcourt in the nation in Tim Hardaway Jr. and Burke. And while Hardaway grabs more rebounds and their scoring is almost the same, it's Burke who makes the offense go with 7.1 assists a game — some of those coming in transition thanks to his leading the team in steals. If you need a floor general and distributor, there may not be a better one in the nation.
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Last March, McCollum led his Mountain Hawks to one of the biggest stunners in NCAA Tournament history, scoring 30 points as 15-seed Lehigh took down second-seeded Duke — in North Carolina. So what in the world could he do for an encore this season? How about rank among the top three in scoring with 24.4 points per game? He's also among the leaders in 3-point shooting. And Lehigh is off to a strong start.