Each weekday, our college hoops experts discuss the biggest issues, trends and themes in college basketball.
1. Which team had the best weekend?
Andy Katz: Villanova. The Wildcats are now the lone unbeaten in the Big East after defeating Butler on the road. The Wildcats have turned back Xavier and Seton Hall at home and Creighton and Butler on the road. The lone contender left is Providence. There is no doubt Nova is the king of the league.
Jeff Goodman: Clemson had a great weekend and an even better week. Brad Brownell and the Tigers beat Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, got a commitment from Texas A&M transfer Elijah Thomas (a former top-50 player) on Wednesday and beat Rick Pitino and Louisville on Sunday. Clemson is now 10-6 overall and 3-1 in ACC play with wins over Cuse, Louisville and Florida State.
Dana O'Neil: Clemson gets the honor -- and the school still has a little football game to play Monday night. Beating Miami and Louisville and opening ACC play with a 3-1 record is a huge boost for Brad Brownell and what he's trying to do there.
2. Which team had the worst weekend?
Katz: Arizona. The Wildcats got swept in Los Angeles on the final possessions and lost Alonzo Trier to injury in the process. Suddenly, the Pac-12 is wide open.
Goodman: Arizona. The Wildcats got swept on the L.A. road trip by UCLA and USC, then lost their best scorer, freshman Allonzo Trier, to a broken hand for what could be the next six weeks or so.
O'Neil: Syracuse. Saturday's game was opportunity squandered for the Orange -- a raucous crowd, Jim Boeheim back and North Carolina on the ropes. Instead, Syracuse's late-game defense let the Tar Heels claim the win and sent the Orange to a dangerous 0-4 start in ACC play.
3. Which team has the most to gain/lose in the week ahead?
Katz: West Virginia. If the Mountaineers beat Kansas at home Tuesday it puts them right in the thick of the race for the league title.
Goodman: I'm Clemsoning here, but I'm going with the Tigers again. They get Duke at home Wednesday and Miami in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday. Get those two and Brownell & Co. are in great shape.
O'Neil: West Virginia. The Mountaineers are flying under the radar a little bit, but with Kansas in Morgantown and a trip to Oklahoma to follow, they could steal a lot of headlines. It's a brutal back-to-back, so even a split would be big for West Virginia in the tough Big 12.