He doesn't do much besides score, but he's the top scorer on a Cardinals team that held the top ranking last week and remains in the mix despite Saturday's loss to Syracuse. The 6-foot-1 junior bounced back from two bad games with 23 points in last Monday's win at UConn and had a game-high 25 against Syracuse. But his rebounding is maddeningly inconsistent and his shooting (42.3 percent) needs to improve.
Seth Curry, Duke
Suddenly, Curry's the hottest player on the third-ranked Blue Devils, when they need him most. With Ryan Kelly going down and Mason Plumlee going through an up-and-down stretch — including Thursday's 2-for-12 first half against Georgia Tech — Curry has games of 22, 22 and 24 points in his past four games. After spraining an ankle in Sunday's loss at NC State, Curry came back with a career-high six 3-pointers in Thursday's win and scored 11 of his 24 during a big run that put it away. Plumlee finished with 16 and 13 and had a dunk that even made Coach K run onto the court and jump up to embrace his senior center, so keep an eye on the big fella.
Trey Burke, Michigan
Sure, Tim Hardaway Jr. stole the show in Thursday's win at Minnesota with 21 points, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks and three assists. But Burke, even in an off night (5 for 15), still finished with 18 points, nine assists and only one turnover and helped seal the win from the line. The sophomore point guard has shot poorly the past three games, but still shoots 40 percent on 3's and 80 percent from the line while leading the No. 5 Wolverines in scoring, assists and steals.
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Kansas' fab freshman leads the fourth-ranked Jayhawks in scoring, steals and 3-pointers. He had 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in last Monday's win against Baylor before spraining an ankle, then returned Saturday at Texas with 16 points, six assists and two steals as the Jayhawks dodged an upset.
Cody Zeller, Indiana
The Hoosiers' 7-footer was on his way to a monster game Tuesday vs. Wisconsin, scoring 18 first-half points on 8-of-8 shooting. Then he missed 6 of 7 shots in the second half and No. 2 Indiana suffered a 64-59 loss that likely ensured the Hoosiers won't make it back to No. 1 next week. But let's face it, all the top teams are tumbling these days. Zeller followed up his 23-and-10 night with 21 and 13 in a win at Northwestern, his best back-to-back performances of the season. Zeller may be finally hitting his stride.