Joe Lunardi examines the early bracket picture and finds the Kentucky Wildcats heavy favorites to lock up the NCAA tournament's No. 1 seed. Plus, could Mizzou also claim a No. 1? Where does Ohio State fit? And early bubble movement.
Losses to the top-ranked and No. 2 teams in the nation cost the Blue Devils and Tar Heels each only one spot in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, as they fell to No. 5 and No. 6 in the rankings released Monday.
Undefeated North Carolina and Kentucky held firm as Nos. 1 and 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, with the only wrinkle to this week's top 10 coming from Pittsburgh's stunning loss to Long Beach State.
Duke (3-0) and Michigan State (2-0) remain the top two teams in the latest ESPN/USA Today's men's basketball coaches poll, which saw a significant amount of jockeying among teams which remained unbeaten last week.
A week after Ohio State filed an appeal in a bid to overturn a $2.4 million award to Jim O'Brien, the former men's basketball coach says he's planning his own appeal in which he is seeking an additional $1.3 million.
Terence Dials scored 22 points and Tony Stockman added 19 in Ohio State's 81-69 win over Iowa (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) on Saturday, dropping the Hawkeyes to 0-2 in the Big Ten for the first time in 11 years.