Headlined by Arizona’s impressive win at Michigan, the top seven teams in this week’s edition of the Top Freking 10 college basketball teams in the country remains the same. Also, a former top dog exits the poll, replaced by a traditional power with three remarkable victories.
1. ARIZONA (last week: 1)
Trailing by as many as 11 in the second half of Saturday’s game at Michigan, the Wildcats showed their mettle and rallied for a 72-70 win. Contributions came in every direction for Arizona — Nick Johnson went 6-of-6 from the foul line in the game’s final 25 seconds, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gave the Wildcats their first lead of the second half on an and-1 with 2 minutes and 35 seconds remaining and the team’s vaunted frontcourt trio of Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski scored 46 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
2. SYRACUSE (LW: 2)
In what used to be a yearly battle in the old Big East, Syracuse fended off St. John’s 68-63 Saturday to remain unbeaten at 10-0. Provided the Orange can get by High Point Friday, they’ll take on Villanova — another undefeated ex-member of the Big East — in a measuring-stick game Dec. 28.
3. OHIO STATE (LW: 3)
After taking care of business against Bryant (86-48) and North Dakota State (79-62) last week, Ohio State is set to tussle with Notre Dame Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Irish were upset at home by North Dakota State three days before OSU beat the Bison, but recovered to score a 79-72 win over Indiana Saturday at Crossroads Classic in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
4. WISCONSIN (LW: 4)
The Badgers cruised by Eastern Kentucky 86-61 Saturday to move to 12-0, the best start for a Wisconsin unit since 1915-16. The only thing that stands between the Badgers and a 13-0 start heading into 2014 is Prairie View A&M — a 2-8 squad with wins over schools named Bethune-Cookman and Schreiner University.
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