Talent in college basketball in need of a new definition

Monday February 3rd, 2014
The energy Kentucky's Dakari Johnson plays with is a talent not easily defined by statistics.
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Oklahoma State will need Marcus Smart to rediscover his early-season form when it plays Iowa State.
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Among the other schools I considered ranking were VCU, which is now 18-4 and plays back-to-back road games at St. Louis and UMass in two weeks; SMU, which put itself into the NCAA tournament picture with that win over Memphis; Southern Miss, which is 19-3 and tied for first place in Conference USA; and LSU, which beat Kentucky and Arkansas at home last week but has too many bad losses to be ranked as of yet.

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