As we get set for a hoops-filled weekend, here's a linky look back on the week that was at the College Basketball Nation blog:
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge played out as most predicted -- a 6-5 win for the Big Ten -- but there were plenty of surprises along the way. Virginia toppled No. 13-ranked Minnesota in Minneapolis Monday night, temporarily throwing the ACC/Big Ten picture into question, before the Big Ten righted the ship, gaining a 4-2 lead on Tuesday night and finished it off Wednesday with a Purdue win at Virginia Tech and a 6-5 overall victory.
Duke beat a turnover-prone Michigan State squad Wednesday night. Kyrie Irving looks like the best freshman -- and one of the best guards -- in the country. And both teams looked like they could very well meet again in Houston in April.
Amid the ACC/Big Ten fun, Missouri got its first big test of the season Tuesday night, and even though an impressively flexible Georgetown team pulled out a win in the best game of the season thus far, the Tigers looked like a quality bunch with plenty of Mike Anderson up-tempo goodness to take them deep in the NCAA tourney.
Kansas received what appeared to be an early Christmas gift, a questionable late foul call that handed the Jayhawks a one-point win against UCLA Thursday night.
John Adams, head of NCAA officiating, contended that the referees made the right call on the play.
Yours truly looked back on the first month of college hoops and handed out a few awards for early season performances. As you might expect, Connecticut's Kemba Walker and Arizona's Derrick Williams were prominently featured.
Marcus Jordan became a star.
Old Dominion beat Richmond and continued to look as impressive as any mid-major team in the country.
Mason Plumlee dunked three basketballs at one time.
And Andy Katz prepared us for the weekend to come, which promises to be one of those great college hoops Saturdays that make college basketball season really feel like college basketball season. We're all the way in now. Doesn't it feel good?