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The holiday edition of the Top Freking 10 attempts to predict when top-ranked Arizona will lose — hint: the old coach of Dunk City will be involved. Also, Ohio State’s stunning comeback on Notre Dame evokes memories of yesteryear, and a Big Ten team makes a return to the rankings.

1. ARIZONA (last week: 1)

After taking care of Northern Arizona Monday night to move to 13-0, it’s officially time to wonder when the Wildcats will drop their first game. My vote goes for at Southern California on Jan. 12. Arizona will have played just three nights earlier at UCLA and will be suiting up for the fourth time in 12 days. Andy Enfield, the first-year coach of the Trojans, is no stranger to upsets either. He piloted Florida Gulf Coast — better known as Dunk City — to the Sweet 16 last spring, becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach that round.

2. SYRACUSE (LW: 2)

Derrick Coleman is one of the greatest players in the history of Syracuse basketball, making First Team All-Big East three times, earning Big East Player of the Year and leading the Orange to the 1987 national championship game. Coleman, listed 6-10, 230 pounds, went on to be the No. 1 pick in the 1990 draft. DaJuan Coleman is a 6-9, 280-pound sophomore forward for current squad, but despite the similar body types and last name, the two are unrelated. Strange, but true.

3. OHIO STATE (LW: 3)

I’m not that old, but I have been around long enough to see an incredible comeback or two. Watching the Buckeyes rally from eight points down with less than 50 seconds left to beat Notre Dame 64-61 Saturday, I was reminded of Duke’s ‘Miracle Minute’ victory over Maryland in 2001. The No. 2 Blue Devils topped the host Terrapins 98-96 in overtime after being down 89-77 with 1:12 remaining in regulation. Coach K’s Dukies went on to win the national championship.

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