College hoops scene full of surprises

Local power rankings: Harvard, Northeastern unlikely leaders, NCAA tourney hopefuls

Updated: January 28, 2010, 4:26 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Saturday is the most important day of the season for college basketball in the Bay State.

But it's not the teams you might think. Indeed, college basketball in Massachusetts is standing on its head.

The traditional powers (Boston College and UMass) are treading water. The preseason picks to make the NCAA tournament (Boston University and Holy Cross) stumbled badly out of the gate. And now, perennial also-rans Northeastern and Harvard are the hottest teams in town.

Which ...

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