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CBK 99 43 Player of the Year watch 31568267 Mason Plumlee, Duke Mason+Plumlee%2C+Duke CBK

After almost a month off the list, the Blue Devils' man in the middle is back in the mix. In a week when Plumlee was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list (the basketball writers' player of the year award), the 6-10 senior forward proved why with two bounce-back games for No. 5 Duke. In much-needed wins over Maryland and Wake Forest, Plumlee averaged 25.5 points on 78-percent shooting while also grabbing 8 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 32 points (the most by a Blue Devil this season) in Wednesday's 75-70 win over Wake and is still tied for fourth in the nation in rebounding (11.1). Even after a down month, he's arguably still the best big man in the nation.

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CBK 99 43 Player of the Year watch 31568265 Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Deshaun+Thomas%2C+Ohio+State CBK

Yup, a fourth Big Ten guy on this list. And how can you argue? He is in the top 20 in the nation in scoring at 20 per game and leads the Buckeyes in rebounding and 3-point percentage, and he makes more than 80 percent of his free throws. As good as Indiana and Michigan are, Ohio State is only one game back of both in the loss column and sits 11th in the poll. Thomas' last game was a big one: He scored 25 points and played all 40 minutes in a 58-49 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday. And he's got a big one this coming Tuesday: at Michigan. The last time they played, Thomas dropped his 20 and the Buckeyes handed the Wolverines their only loss.

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CBK 99 43 Player of the Year watch 31568263 Victor Oladipo, Indiana Victor+Oladipo%2C+Indiana CBK

Two Hoosiers on this list? Indiana fans will tell you it's long overdue. Oladipo may lack the national popularity of Zeller — he didn't make the Wooden Award midseason watch list — but he's perhaps the most improved and complete player in college basketball. And his play has caught the eye of opposing coaches and NBA scouts alike, with his name the highest riser from where it stood before the season on most everybody's draft board. His biggest asset? His high-percentage shots. His 66-percent clip from the field is third in the nation, and his 53.9 percent 3-point shooting would lead the nation if he took enough shots to qualify. Or is it his defense? He also leads the Hoosiers with 52 steals (top 20 in the nation). This past week, he averaged 19 points and 6.5 rebounds in a pair of wins, and had a whopping six steals against Michigan State. He may be the guy who can stop Trey Burke.

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CBK 99 43 Player of the Year watch 31568264 Trey Burke, Michigan Trey+Burke%2C+Michigan CBK

The veteran of this list, Burke has been one to watch since the season tipped off — and we haven't lost sight of him. Now, he faces his biggest challenge. Michigan's first weekend as the top-ranked team in the nation in more than 20 years will provide a good indicator of just how deserving the Wolverines are: a Saturday night trip to Bloomington vs. No. 3 Indiana. Michigan will need the nation's best point guard (17.9 ppg, 10th in the nation at 7.1 apg, second in assist-turnover ratio) to be in top form. Wednesday against Northwestern, he snapped out of a shooting slump with 18 points and eight assists. (How good is he? During his slump he still averaged 17 ppg.) The Wolverines also tied a national season low with only two turnovers — and Burke was mad he had one.

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CBK 99 43 Player of the Year watch 31568266 Cody Zeller, Indiana Cody+Zeller%2C+Indiana CBK

After a week off the list, the Hoosiers' man in the middle is back in the mix (and that two-point game vs. Penn State is almost forgotten). His timing could not be better. The No. 3 Hoosiers have the top-ranked Michigan Wolverines coming to town on Saturday — and a win over Indiana's Big Ten rival would put the Hoosiers right back in the "Who should be No. 1?" conversation. They could get it if Zeller, who leads Indiana in scoring (16.1) and rebounds (8.2), plays like he did in his last game, going for 19 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of a 97-60 blowout at Purdue — only his sixth double-double of the year. He needs a big game as much as the Hoosiers need him to have one.

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