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College Hoops Barometer: Ky, Eagles, Ky!

After nearly collecting a triple-double on Saturday, Ky Bowman is at the top of players discussed in Jesse Siegel's College Hoops Barometer this week.

College Hoops Barometer: Burning Bridges

Mikal Bridges is having a breakout season for the undefeated WIldcats, working his way into the Player of the Year conversation. Jesse Siegel returns to profile him and other players with rising/falling values.

College Hoops Barometer: Can't Stop Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton has injected life into the Crimson Tide, landing at the top of Jesse Siegel's risers for this week.

College Hoops Barometer: Hard-Hitting Questions

Trae Young is racking up the assists early for the Sooners, placing him as one of the top risers on Jesse Siegel's NCAA Barotmeter.

College Hoops Barometer: Early Season Impact Players

Miles Bridges may have been bested by Duke's Grayson Allen on Tuesday night, but where does that put him in the Player of the Year race? Jesse Siegel returns to discuss risers and fallers in college hoops.

College Hoops Barometer: The NCAA Tournament Gospel

Jesse Siegel is back for his final Barometer of 2016, where he highlights matchups to watch from each region and offers five commandments to follow when filling out your brackets.

College Hoops Barometer: Bubble Watch

Jesse Siegel who's looking good for the NCAA Tournament and who's bubbles might be about to burst. Michigan State is a lock, right?

College Hoops Barometer: March is in the Air

Jesse Siegel takes an early look at how the tournament might shape up. Can Lonzo Ball lead the Bruins to a championship?

College Hoops Barometer: Longhorn Leader

Jesse Siegel's weekly look at the college basketball scene includes Texas big man Jarrett Allen, who might jump to the NBA after this season.

College Hoops Barometer: Sinking Sooner

Jesse Siegel looks at who's up and who's down in college hoops this week, including Jordan Woodard, who has failed to live up to expectations at Oklahoma.

College Hoops Barometer: Solo Superstar

Jesse Siegel's look at the ups and downs of college hoops includes Indiana's Thomas Bryant, who is the only superstar left for the Hoosiers thanks to injuries.

College Hoops Barometer: UW is Fultz of It

Jesse Siegel spotlights Washington's Markelle Fultz, whose status as one of the best players in the nation still isn't translating into wins for the underachieving Huskies.

College Hoops Barometer: Big-Time Badger

Jesse Siegel's tour of who's hot and who's not in college hoops includes a look at Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, who needs to continue his strong play if the Badgers are to return to the Final Four.

College Hoops Barometer: King of the Mountain

Jesse Siegel profiles the risers and fallers in college hoops this week, including West Virginia's Jevon Carter, who is thriving in the Mountaineers' full-court press.

College Hoops Barometer: March Madness in January

Jesse Siegel follows the ups and downs of college hoops, including an injury that will sideline Duke's Amile Jefferson just as the season heats up.

College Hoops Barometer: Rabb Looks for Consistency

Jesse Siegel checks on the ups and downs of college hoops this week as Cal's Ivan Rabb tries to find his groove and leave the streakiness behind.

College Hoops Barometer: Happy Place Eludes Allen

Jesse Siegel looks at who's hot and who's not in college hoops, including Duke's Grayson Allen, who needs to find his 'happy place.'

College Hoops Barometer: Monk Breaks the Silence

With a 47-point performance, Kentucky's Malik Monk leads this week's risers. Find out who joins him in Jesse Siegel's weekly College Hoops Barometer.

College Hoops Barometer: Giddy Up

Jesse Siegel takes a look at the risers and fallers in college basketball this week, with plenty of praise for emerging mid-major stars like Giddy Potts and Marcus Keene.

College Hoops Barometer: Luke's No Fluke for Duke

Jesse Siegel analyzes the college hoops landscape as Duke swingman Luke Kennard is taking full advantage of his increased opportunities.

College Hoops Barometer: Fox Leads 'Cats

Jesse Siegel looks at the ups and downs of college basketball this week as De'Aaron Fox is leading the charge for another talented crop of Kentucky freshman.

College Hoops Barometer: Year of the Freshman

Jesse Siegel looks at who's up and who's down in the college hoops as youngsters like Lonzo Ball seem to be taking over the game.

College Hoops Barometer: The NCAA Tournament Gospel

Jesse Siegel shares his commandments for picking the NCAA Tournament and considers whether Buddy Hield can lead the Sooners to the title.

College Hoops Barometer: Do You Speak English?

A.J. English led the Gaels to an upset win over Monmouth to win the MAAC tournament, clinching their spot in the big dance.

College Hoops Barometer: Madison Momentum

Jesse Siegel looks at who's hot and not in college basketball, and few are hotter than freshman Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers.

College Hoops Barometer: A Demon Once More

Hannah Johnson looks at who's up and who's down in the world of college hoops, including Wake Forest's Codi Miller-McIntyre, who is finally starting to look like himself.

College Hoops Barometer: U(lis) K

Jesse Siegel checks who's hot and who's not in college basketball, including Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, who's surging for the Wildcats.

College Hoops Barometer: Poythress Bit by Injury Bug

Jesse Siegel highlights who's up and who's down in the world of college basketball, including Kentucky's Alex Poythress, who has been bitten by the injury bug.

College Hoops Barometer: Jones Keeping Vandy Afloat

Jesse Siegel spotlights Vanderbilt's 7-foot center Damian Jones, who is doing his best to keep the Commodores from sinking.

College Hoops Barometer: In the Kentucky Spotlight

Jesse Siegel is bullish on Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, who has not disappointed since being thrust into the spotlight for the Wildcats.

College Hoops Barometer: Declawed Wildcat

Jesse Siegel runs down the week in college hoops as Villanova's Daniel Ochefu tries to overcome a lower back injury that has slowed his production lately.

College Hoops Barometer: Can You Hawk the Hawk?

Jesse Siegel's weekly look at who's hot and who's not features WSU's Josh Hawkinson who is a double-double threat every time he takes the court.

College Hoops Barometer: UW's AA Reaching New Heights

Jesse Siegel looks at who's up and who's down in the world of college basketball, including Washington's Andrew Andrew, who's taken his game to new heights as a senior.

College Hoops Barometer: Brooks is Quacking

Jesse Siegel looks at who's up and who's down this week in college hoops, including Oregon's Dillon Brooks, who is the most impressive player in a stacked Ducks frontcourt.

College Hoops Barometer: Butler's Big Dog

Jesse Siegel's weekly look at who's hot and who's not in college hoops includes Butler's Roosevelt Jones, who has shown tremendous versatility for the Bulldogs recently.

College Hoops Barometer: Big Hart in Philly

Villanova's Josh Hart has taken a major step forward this season, adding his name to the list of productive guards to play under Jay Wright.

College Hoops Barometer: Legend in his Own Time

Jesse Siegel looks at the legendary resume Ben Simmons is already building at LSU in the season's first college hoops barometer.

College Hoops Barometer: 5 Rules for Picking Brackets

Jesse Siegel lays down the gospel for picking the tournament and takes a stab at picking the Final Four. Does it include Stanley Johnson and the Arizona Wildcats.

College Hoops Barometer: Marching Toward Madness

Jesse Siegel looks at the teams on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament, including the LSU Tigers. Whose bubble will burst?

College Hoops Barometer: Looking Toward the Tourney

Jesse Siegel turns his attention to the NCAA Tournament and has a message for Jordan Mickey: LSU needs you to step up your game.

College Hoops Barometer: Yes Sir!

Jesse Siegel spotlights Sir'Dominic Pointer, who is attempting to singlehandedly take St. John's to the Big Dance.

College Hoops Barometer: Where's the Love?

Jesse Siegel loves the smell of March Madness in the morning, but he can't figure out why Darrun Hilliard and Villanova aren't getting more love.

College Hoops Barometer: The Rodney Dangerfield of Hoops

Jesse Siegel can't figure out why Larry Nance gets no respect, but he's also concerned that Nance's recent bout of mono might knock him out down the stretch.

College Hoops Barometer: Duke Says See-Ya to Sulaimon

Jesse Siegel looks at who's up and who's down this week in college basketball, including who will take over for the dismissed Rasheed Sulaimon at Duke.

College Hoops Barometer: Freshman Sensation

Jahlil Okafor gets all the pub, but there's a freshman at Ohio State who has taken his game to another level recently.

College Hoops Barometer: Isaiah Ready to Return

Isaiah Whitehead is expected to return soon from an injury, which means bad things for opponents as he's a top-notch talent when healthy.

College Hoops Barometer: LSU's M&M Boys

Teammate Jordan Mickey has the name recognition, but Jarell Martin's numbers are just as good as part of the M&M Boys for the LSU Tigers.

College Hoops Barometer: Leak in UConn's Boat

The Huskies won't stand a chance without Ryan Boatright, who left Wednesday's OT loss to Temple in the first half with a deep left thigh bruise.

College Hoops Barometer: Mickey is No Mouse in the Paint

Jordan Mickey is proving to be a terror in the paint on both ends of the court for the LSU Tigers.

College Hoops Barometer: Wildcat Down

The Kentucky Wildcats will miss the toughness of Alex Poythress, who is out for the season with a torn ACL.

College Hoops Barometer: Can Kentucky be Beat?

Kentucky looks unbeatable, but if anyone can knock off the nation's top team it might be Montrezl Harrell and Louisville.

College Hoops Barometer: Rozier's Role Growing for Cardinals

Terry Rozier might not be the star of Louisville, but he is an important cog in coach Rick Pitino's system.

College Hoops Barometer: Mickey is So Fine

Jordan Mickey is an explosive player and has a chance to put up some gaudy numbers in the frontcourt for LSU this season.

College Hoops Barometer: New Top Dog for UConn

Ryan Boatright is the main man for the UConn Huskies this season, and his stats figure to skyrocket.

College Hoops Barometer: Tips for Your Bracket

Julius Randle and the Kentucky Wildcats are peaking at just the right time, but can they take out the big guns in the NCAA Tournament?

College Hoops Barometer: Bubble Watch

Leading scorere Terran Petteway is doing his best to keep Nebraska's bubble from bursting.

College Hoops Barometer: Riding the Bubble

Georgetown once looked NIT bound, but Jabril Trawick's improved play has the Hoyas on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

College Hoops Barometer: Marching Toward Madness

Isaiah Austin is coming on strong at just the right time for the Baylor Bears, who are trying to sneak into the Big Dance.

College Hoops Barometer: Baby Bruin

Zach LaVine emerged as a possible lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but the freshman has slumped recently.

College Hoops Barometer: Gator Bomber

Michael Frazier II has been on a tear for the Florida Gators, as the three-point bomber is hitting more than 40 percent from long range.

College Hoops Barometer: More Jordan than Mickey

Freshman Jordan Mickey has not gotten enough publicity in this year's standout class, but he has asserted his dominance on the interior for LSU.

College Hoops Barometer: Bombin' Bluejay

Ethan Wragge has been a long-range assassin for the Creighton Bluejays this year.

College Hoops Barometer: The Next LeBron?

Kansas' Andrew Wiggins has shown flashes of brilliance during his freshman campaign, but when you're touted as the next LeBron James, it's tough to live up to the hype.

College Hoops Barometer: A Wreck, But Not Ramblin'

Robert Carter Jr.'s season is over for Georgia Tech as he suffered a torn meniscus that will require surgery.

College Hoops Barometer: Ringing in the New Year

Duke's freshman sensation Jabari Parker is clearly the frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year, but another player is quietly making his case for consideration as well. Who is it?

College Hoops Barometer: Will Wichita State Shock Again?

The Shockers have a legitimate shot finish the season undefeated at 31-0.

College Hoops Barometer: Better Late than Never

It took him nearly four years, but Anthony Brown has finally broken out for the Cardinal.

College Hoops Barometer: Not So Cool

What's wrong with Cool Joe Harris? The Virginia senior has seen his scoring average drop by almost five points per game this year.

College Hoops Barometer: Dukie Disappointment

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon has not had much to smile about this season as he's been one of the most disappointing players in college hoops thus far.

College Hoops Barometer: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Can Marcus Smart steal the Player of the Year Award away from all of this year's talented freshmen?

College Hoops Barometer: Big Bad Johnny

Johnny O'Bryant should be one of the best big men in the SEC this season for the LSU Tigers.

College Hoops Barometer: Frosh Phenoms

Jabari Parker leads a highly touted freshman class that at first glance appears to be as good as advertised.

College Hoops Barometer: New Leader for Hoosiers

The Hoosiers lost a ton of talent from last season, but Yogi Ferrell returns to shoulder a much greater load this time around.

College Hoops Barometer: Time for Tip Off

Xavier sophomore Semaj Christon might be the best player nobody knows, as the point guard was scintillating for the Musketeers a season ago.

College Hoops Barometer: Bubble Watch

The bubble is close to bursting for Semaj Christon and Xavier, which has a rollercoaster of a Tournament resume.

College Hoops Barometer: Bubbles Ready to Burst

Led by darkhorse ACC Player of the Year candidate Joe Harris, Virginia has enough quality wins to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

College Hoops Barometer: The Unorthodoxed Olynyk

In just one year, Kelly Olynyk has gone from an afterthought to star in Spokane and is the reason the Zags could make a legitimate run at the Final Four.

College Hoops Barometer: Big Shoes to Fill

Nerlens Noel' departure has opened playing time for Willie Cauley-Stein, but he hasn't made the most of the opportunity yet.

College Hoops Barometer: Big Dawg on Campus

Washington's Aziz N'Diaye is the man in the middle for the Huskies.

College Hoops Barometer: Versatile Joe

Joe Harris's versatility has propelled Virginia to a surprisingly strong conference start.

College Hoops Barometer: Getting Hot at the Right Time

Rasheed Sulaimon has hit his scoring stride recently, averaged 18.7 points over his last three games for the Blue Devils.

College Hoops Barometer: The Freshman Wall

After a hot start to his Kentucky career, freshman Alex Poythress appears to have hit a bit of a wall.

College Hoops Barometer: Maybe it's the Hair

Kelly Olynyk's back-to-back 30-point games has Gonzaga looking pretty.

College Hoops Barometer: Bennett's Earned the Spotlight

Anthony Bennett doesn't get much pub, but he's outperforming higher-profile players.

College Hoops Barometer: Thrown Into the Friar

Providence's Vincent Council is back after an early season injury, though he's still shaking off the rust.

College Hoops Barometer: Outplaying the Hype

Kyle Anderson is living up to the hype for the UCLA Bruins.

College Hoops Barometer: Duke is Back on top

Duke is back in a familiar spot, just in time for Marshall Plumlee to make his highly anticipated debut.

College Hoops Barometer: Beware of Dawg

The Huskies may have some growing pains this year, but Abdul Gaddy is a veteran presence to guide the team through tough times.

College Hoops Barometer: The First Noel

Nerlens Noel has been as good as advertised for Kentucky so far this season.

College Hoops Barometer: Green Raises Game for Hokies

Erick Green's playmaking skills have been off the charts to begin his senior season for Virginia Tech.

College Hoops Barometer: This Bear is Golden

Cal's Allen Crabbe is off to a torrid start in his junior campaign.

College Hoops Barometer: Tourney Picks & Predictions

Is Duke the most overrated team in the field? Or do you overlook Austin Rivers and the Blue Devils at your own peril?

College Hoops Barometer: Who's Bubble will Burst?

Bradford Burgess has VCU back in the Tournament, but which schools are about to see their bubbles burst?

College Hoops Barometer: Rivalry Heats Up

Austin Rivers and Duke face North Carolina in one of sports' greatest rivalries.

College Hoops Barometer: Cats are Running Wild

Kentucky has yet another set of underclassmen who have simply dominated college basketball, including freshman standout Anthony Davis.

College Hoops Barometer: Hell Freezes Over

Austin Rivers's cold-blooded shooting has earned this Blue Devil the moniker "Subzero."

College Hoops Barometer: More than Great Defense

Anthony Davis is a shot-blocking machine for Kentucky, but he has not gotten enough love for his all-around game.

College Hoops Barometer: Move Over Cornell, Ivy has a New Cinderella

Kyle Casey and Harvard are putting together a run that would make even Andy Bernard proud.

College Hoops Barometer: The World of Sims

Henry Sims has emerged from relative anonymity to play an integral role for the Hoyas this season.

College Hoops Barometer: Racing to Perfection

Isaiah Canaan gives Murray State a legitimate shot to enter March Madness unbeaten.

College Hoops Barometer: Baylor's No Fluke

The 7-foot Perry Jones III, who handles the ball as well as he rebounds, has Baylor undefeated.

College Hoops Barometer: Do-It-All Dawg

Tony Wroten Jr. might not get much ink, but the freshman point guard is the catalyst for Washington.

College Hoops Barometer: Upgrades, Downgrades

The college hoops season is kicking into high gear. Check out who's up and who's down this week.

College Hoops Barometer: Upgrades, Downgrades

With Kemba Walker off to the NBA, Shabazz Napier has been the catalyst for UConn this season.

College Hoops Barometer: Bubble Teams - Who's In, Who's Out

Kalin Lucas and Michigan State are on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Are they in or out?

College Hoops Barometer: The Madness is Coming

With Kemba Walker cooling off considerably, UConn needs some assistance from its younger players like Jeremy Lamb if the Huskies want to avoid a quick out in the Tourney.

College Hoops Barometer: Blue Devil Rising

Kyle Singler and Duke are back atop the national rankings at No. 1.

College Hoops Barometer: Badger Ball

Jon Leuer and Wisconsin ended Ohio State's run at No. 1 in the country.

College Hoops Barometer: Sputtering Spartans

Kalin Lucas is doing his best to carry Michigan State, but teammates like Delvon Roe need to pick up the pace.

College Hoops Barometer: Cats and Dawgs

Led by Klay Thompson, Washington State bested Isaiah Thomas and cross-state rival Washington.

College Hoops Barometer: Basketball Smorgasbord

The Kemba Walker show continues to roll for UConn, but players like freshman Jeremy Lamb have been vital to the Huskies' success.

College Hoops Barometer: UW's Top Dawg

The surging Isaiah Thomas is clearly the leader of the Huskies and lately has proven his value.

College Hoops Barometer: Trouble for the Badgers

Jon Leuer is still a superstar by Big Ten standards, but his mid-range game has been off this season for the Badgers.

College Hoops Barometer: A Little Help?

Kemba Walker cannot do everything by himself for UConn, and Alex Oriakhi is certainly not helping the cause at this juncture.

College Hoops Barometer: Big Play in the Big East

UConn's Kemba Walker is the favorite for Big East player of the year honors, but Austin Freeman has been no less effective for Georgetown.

College Hoops Barometer: Winners and Losers

Nolan Smith has taken his game to new heights since Kyrie Irving went down for Duke.

College Hoops Barometer: An Ode to the Little Man

Washington's glut of diminutive guards, including star Isaiah Thomas, has made Venoy Overton the odd man out.

College Hoops Barometer: Who will Dethrone Duke?

Kyle Singler has Duke leading the pack once again, but how will the Blue Devils deal with the loss of freshman phenom Kyrie Irving?

College Hoops Barometer: Lace It Up

LaceDarius Dunn is back from his three-game suspension and does not appear to have missed a beat for the Baylor Bears.

College Hoops Barometer: Early Riser

Forced to shoulder more of the scoring load for UConn this season, Kemba Walker looks like the nation's best point guard thus far.

College Hoops Barometer: Upgrades, Downgrades

The college hoops season has tipped off and already there are surprises aplenty.