Villanova has overtaken Kentucky as the new No. 1 in the Coaches Poll on Monday. The defending champions also took No. 1 in the new AP poll thanks to an 8-0 start while UCLA beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena this weekend. The Bruins finished at No. 2 while
Johnathan Motley has helped Baylor rise from unranked in the preseason to No. 4 today. Having lost his leading scorer to the NBA, leading rebounder to the NFL and starting point guard to graduation, Baylor coach Scott Drew wasn’t sure how good his team would be this season. Only after the Bears began stacking quality wins like pancakes the past few weeks did Drew gain confidence that this year’s team could be special.
Nigel Hayes had arguably the best week of his career in what might turn out to be the most important week of Wisconsin’s season. It started on Tuesday night, when Hayes had nine points, 10 assists and 11 boards as he eviscerated No. 22 Syracuse’s zone in a dominating, 77-60 win for the Badgers. Four days later, Hayes finished with a season-high 28 points, adding six assists and shooting 10-for-13 from the floor as Wisconsin pulled away late to be Oklahoma, 90-70. The past week was the best week of basketball that the Badgers have played this season, and so much of that credit falls on the shoulders of Hayes, who has refocused the way that he’s playing the game. The knock on Hayes during his junior