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Contenders and pretenders

Tuesday night answered several questions for the College hoops scoops blog. Several teams raised their profile, while others faded away into the night.

Contender: Ohio state - The Buckeyes proved they will be a force in the Big Ten. Evan Turner had a breakout game, 32 points, in the Buckeyes 70-66 win at No.6 Purdue Tuesday night. It was the second straight loss for Purdue. More importantly, it proves Turner is 100 percent after missing several games with broken bones in his lower back. 

Contender: Kentucky - The Wildcats just keep winning. And it isn't just about John Wall. Eric Bledsoe had 25 points in the No.2 Wildcats' 89-77 win over Florida on Tuesday. Patrick Patterson had 15 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 13. Oh, and Wall had 19 points and six assists.  

Contender: Kansas State - The 13th-ranked Wildcats crushed a pretty good Texas A&M team, 88-65, on Tuesday. It was a big win at home for an up-and-coming Kansas State program. It'll get a little tougher over the next two games, though, as the Wildcats face Colorado on the road and top-ranked Texas at home.

Contender: Wake Forest - The Demon Decons have an impressive resume. Wins over Gonzaga, Xavier, Richmond and Maryland (85-83) on Tuesday in overtime prove Wake is the real deal. They'll be tested over the next week, however, as they play consecutive road games at Duke and North Carolina.

Pretender: Purdue - No, this doesn't mean Purdue isn't an excellent team. It just means the Boilermakers aren't a top 5 team. Purdue, which has lost two straight, including a 70-66 setback to Ohio State Tuesday night, will recover and make the NCAA tourmament. Just don't expect a 25-3 season.

Pretender: Baylor - Except for Kansas and Texas, the thought here was that the Big 12 is a little overrated. Kansas is the only team in the conference that has any real hardware (National title in 2008). The rest of the conference builds itself up withh gaudy records, but doesn't get it done when it counts. Baylor has got to be able to beat Colorado. The Bears, ranked 24th in the ESPN / USA TODAY poll, played no defense in their 78-71 to Colorado on Tuesday.

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