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BOZICH | College Basketball Notebook: Parity party; Wins per McDonald's all-American; Wooden Watch

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Rick Bozich on the parity in college hoops this season. Rick Bozich on the parity in college hoops this season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville delivered a performance to forget against Virginia and followed it with one to remember against North Carolina two days later.

Kentucky looked deserving of a NCAA Tournament higher seed against Kansas and played like an NIT candidate against Tennessee.

Indiana flirted with losing to winless Minnesota at home and then beat Michigan by several touchdowns in Ann Arbor.

What's going on?

The same thing that is going on everywhere this season in college basketball. A parity party. I'm not picking anybody to make the NCAA Final Four in Houston -- and I'm certainly not eliminating anybody.

There are 75 in the six best conferences in the game -- the ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, Big East and Pac-12.

Only 12 of those 75 teams have currently won three or more games in a row. That's 16 percent.

Here is the current list of streakers:

5 -- Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin.

4 -- Oklahoma, Xavier.

3 -- Maryland, USC, Texas, Michigan State, Syracuse, Florida State, Seton Hall.

How is it working on the flip side? How many teams from those leagues are currently working on losing streaks of three or more?

The number of teams that have lost three in a row is similar (11), but  the streaks are certainly longer. Here is that list of teams searching for a W:

13 -- St. John's.

12 -- Minnesota.

10 -- Rutgers.

9 -- Boston College.

8 -- Washington State.

7 -- Wake Forest, Missouri.

5 -- Virginia Tech.

4 -- Auburn, Penn State.

3 -- Nebraska.

McDonald's All-American Scorecard

As I noted several weeks ago, the impact of McDonald's all-American, especially from the freshman class, has been insignificant this season. Only one of the top five candidates for player of the year was a McDonald's all-American.

Half the teams in the current Associated Press Top 10 do not have a McDonald's all-American on their rosters. That would be top-ranked Oklahoma, No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Xavier, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Virginia.

There are 11 teams with more than one McDonald's all-American. Here is how many victories those teams are averaging per honored player:

Wins Per McDonald's All-American:

Syracuse -- 8 for two players.

Louisiana State -- 7 for two players.

Maryland -- 6.7 for three players.

Memphis -- 6.5 for two players.

Indiana -- 6.3 for three players.

California -- 4.7 for three players.

Kansas -- 4.5 for four players.

UCLA -- 4.3 for three players.

Kentucky -- 4 for four players.

North Carolina -- 3.2 for six players.

Duke -- 2.7 for six players.

Wooden Award Update

Ballots for the late season Top 20 cut for the John Wooden Award are due Friday.

Let's be honest: It's not a 20 player race. The winner is likely to be Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, LSU forward Ben Simmons, Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa, North Carolina's Brice Johnson or Denzel Valentine of Michigan State.

Those five guys made my ballot. So did three local players -- Damion Lee of Louisville, Tyler Ulis of Kentucky and Yogi Ferrell of Indiana.

Here are the other 12 guys that made my cut:

Georges Niang, Iowa State; Dillon Brooks, Oregon; A.J. Hammons, Purdue; Kris Dunn, Providence; Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga; Fred VanVleet, Wichita State; Henry Ellenson, Marquette; Zach Auguste, Notre Dame; Kahlil Felder, Oakland; Jakob Poetl, Utah, Sheldon McClellan, Miami and Gary Payton Jr. Oregon State.

Eaves On Fire

Hat tip for Frank Eaves, the oldest son of former Louisville star Jerry Eaves.

Eaves leads the Sun Belt Conference in scoring at 20.1 points per game, an average that ranks 27th in the nation. Eaves has made 70 of 165 three-point shots, a total than ranks 15th in the nation. This is his final season at Appalachian State.

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