This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Don't look now, but defending champion Villanova got its groove back. The Wildcats have reeled off seven consecutive wins and once again find themselves atop the revamped Big East. Two matchups with Marquette later this season will go a long ways toward determining if the Wildcats truly have a chance to repeat. Is this the team that lost to Furman and Penn, or the squad that beat Florida State and took Kansas to the wire? Consistent play from senior Phil Booth has certainly righted the ship; over the last seven games, Booth is averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and five assists. The Wildcats lost an awful lot of firepower from last season's championship squad, and coach Jay Wright has not built his empire embracing the "one-and-done" philosophy. That said, he may still have his team in the title hunt when all is said and done this year.
Let's review the rest of the roundball scene in this week's College Hoops Barometer.
Coby White, G, North Carolina - Although highly touted freshman teammate Nassir Little broke out with 23 points in UNC's convincing win over Virginia Tech, it's been the play of White that has really galvanized the Tar Heels lately. During UNC's current three-game winning streak, the freshman White is averaging 19.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists. White had 27 points in the aforementioned thrashing of the Hokies, hitting at least four three-pointers in a game for the fifth time this season. With White at the helm, the