College basketball rankings: Purdue’s Zach Eddy makes first 3-pointer, likely to be player of the year again


Every now and then, after you type words about Zach Eddy and tweet them to the world, someone will jump at your mention and claim that the Purdue star isn’t actually that great at basketball as he is “really tall.” Obviously, I think most people realize that’s a stupid opinion to hold. But if you’re one of those people who subscribes to such nonsense, here’s a question: Why wasn’t Taco Fall, who is really tall, a two-time national player of the year?

Answer: Because, with all due respect to the UCF legend, Fall was nowhere near Eddy as a player even though he was really tall — and he was actually tall! Once you accept that truth, you also have to accept that what Eddie is doing consistently isn’t just a byproduct of a 7-foot-4 center who is physically overwhelming to nearly everyone he meets at this level. That’s partly it, sure. But Eddy’s dominance is largely the result of the hard work and development that has made him the nation’s best college basketball player — and it was all on display again Saturday when the reigning CBS Sports National Player of the Year finished with 26 points. , had 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 79-59 win over Indiana that kept the Boilermakers No. 1 in Sunday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 daily college basketball rankings.

Eddie also buried his first career 3-pointer. He is now 1 of 2 from beyond the arc in 123 games at Purdue.

“I’m going to find out [the game ball]” Eddie said later.

I know some may point out that Eddie’s latest impressive performance came against only the fourth-best team in the state of Indiana and a program that is about to finish lower than it started for the third straight year under third-year coach Mike at Woodson – And it’s all true. I can’t argue with facts. But the other fact is that Eddie does this basically against everyone.

He had 28 points and 15 rebounds against a No. 4 Marquette team in the top 25 and 1. He had 22 points and nine rebounds against a No. 5 Arizona team in the Top 25 and 1. He had 23 points and 10 rebounds against a Tennessee team that is ranked No. 8 in the Top 25 and 1. He had 25 points and 14 rebounds against a Gonzaga team that had just won at Kentucky. So now he’s averaging 23.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on the season while shooting 62.3% from the field in the first two quarters for a national-best 15-2 team.

Bottom line, what Eddie is doing game after game, regardless of the competition, is very unusual. That should be appreciated, not discounted, because he’s about to become the first back-to-back Wooden Award winner since Virginia’s Ralph Sampson won the trophy in both 1982 and 1983, and the voting really shouldn’t be close as AD continues. Shine and headline the team that still has the best resume and is the favorite to win the 2024 NCAA Tournament (according to FanDual Sportsbook) despite not being No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll.

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