(24) Xavier 88, Detroit 55
Xavier isn't in the top 25 in both polls, I don't think, but they should probably be right where they are--between 22 and 26. Beating up on Detroit doesn't really help their case. But it's fucking Xavier, who tends to have one great player every 5 years (James Posey, anyone?). Say Hello to Josh Duncan, Xavier's center, who went 9-11 from the field. He didn't take another shot just so he could honor the Day That Changed Everything.
(18) Gonzaga 67, Washington State University, 77
Washington State University has some Kryponite in its pockets, and it is a Dick Bennett defense. Dick's son, Tony Bennett (really!) is running the show, but the game in WashState has been crafted by D. Bent. And he knows how to shut down offenses. Remember when Wisconsin won games whilst scoring less than 60 points? Dick Bennett. Washington State is now 8-1, and having knocked off a national ranked team, they may in a position to push into the Top 30. One more win against a real opponent, and they'll crack the top 20.
(22) Oklahoma State 72 , (21) Syracuse 68
Say Hello to the lowest rated 10-0 team in a major conference--Oklahoma State! Also, say Hello to maybe the most overrated team in the Big East with two losses--whiny Jim Boeheim's Orange!
There were a couple of really important freshman to watch in this game. Syracuse's Paul Harris, who everyone acknowledges is "not quite there" yet had a hell of a second half. For Oklahoma State, Obi Muonelo had his 10th game in double figures, with 11 points. Which we can all agree, is kind of just barely keeping that stat alive. The player who really showed himself to be a badass freshman, and a potential College Hoops Name of the Year, is JamesOn Curry. Really, that's not a typo. JamesOn. Pronounced, "James-On". Really. Florida Transfer Mario Boggan was also a bad ass. Look out for OK State.
(9) LSU 64, (6) Texas A&M, 52
Some smartass on this blog said that Texas A&M wouldn't be in the Top Ten for very long. Based on the fact they couldn't beat the one Man Fat Band of "Big Baby" Glen Davis, I'd say that smartass is quite right. And yeah, I'm biased, because that smartass was me. Texas A&M cracked the top 25 because they hadn't lost to anybody, but they hadn't really played anybody either. Now they have, and they lost.