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Night Court: Who becomes No. 1 on Monday?

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
If Duke beats Boston College on Sunday, will the Blue Devils take the top spot in the rankings? (US Presswire)

No one wants the No. 1 spot this season in college basketball. It has cycled through four teams in the past month, with no team able to hold down the spot for more than a week.

Duke took it over from Indiana in mid-December, and had it for four weeks before losing to NC State. Then it was Louisville's turn -- before losing to Syracuse. Duke won it back, but then got steamrolled by Miami. Michigan ascended to the top of the rankings for a week, but lost on the road at Indiana -- which then became No. 1. Of course, the Hoosiers fell at the buzzer to Illinois this past week.

Normally, the polls would simply promote the No. 2 team to the top spot. But No. 2 Florida was blown out by Arkansas. And No. 3 Michigan lost at Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. And No. 5 Kansas has lost three in a row.

Which leads us to the question: Who should be No. 1 on Monday?

Duke was at No. 4 heading into the week, but the Blue Devils beat NC State and should be able to handle a road trip to Boston College on Sunday afternoon. If they beat the Eagles, it's more than likely that will move them all the way to the top of the rankings.

But what about Indiana? The Hoosiers did lose earlier this week, but they have a marquee matchup at Ohio State on Sunday. A really impressive performance in Columbus, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Indiana stay at No. 1.

Gonzaga is 23-2, but the Bulldogs probably don't have the profile to be No. 1. Arizona has a couple of marquee wins, but the Wildcats' best victory in 2013 is over Colorado. Miami might be playing the best basketball in the country right now, and a top-five ranking could certainly be in order for the Hurricanes.

Now, if Duke and Indiana both lose on Sunday …

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Notre Dame outlasted Louisville in five overtimes -- and students still had energy to rush the court. (US Presswire)

Here's everything you need to know from college basketball's Saturday night … and Matt Norlander had the afternoon session covered earlier in the day.

Game of the Night: Notre Dame and Louisville play five overtimes.

Norlander has this game covered more in-depth here, but it has to be mentioned. There were so many things about this game that are memorable, perhaps none more so than Jerian Grant scoring 12 points in the final 50 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. There was Garrick Sherman coming out of nowhere to be a factor in the five overtimes; there was Russ Smith missing multiple game-winners; there was Rick Pitino throwing his drink in the air; Cameron Biedscheid making a game-tying 3-pointer. Might have been the most memorable game of the season.

That's a good win: Oklahoma boosts resume with win over Kansas.

The Sooners had a decent computer profile all season, but it was mostly an empty profile outside of a win over Oklahoma State and maybe a road win at Baylor. Saturday's win over Kansas is a true statement victory, though, and could be the type that puts the Sooners in the NCAA tournament. The Big 12 is getting crowded near the top, but Oklahoma is only two games out of first place. Speaking of that, is Kansas still the favorite?

Also, the Oklahoma bench is awesome.

But that's a bad loss: Creighton drops second in a row, this time to Illinois State.

The Bluejays now have their second two-game losing streak in conference play, falling into a three-way tie for first place in the Missouri Valley. Creighton had one of its worst shooting nights of the season, knocking down just 38 percent of its shots and hitting only four 3-pointers. By the way, Illinois State has now won six of seven after starting 0-6 in MVC play. Tyler Brown scored 23 points in the second half for the Redbirds.

Players with impact

Norlander made me post this video, but South Dakota State's Nate Wolters followed up his 53-point showing with 36 points against Oakland. He is now the school's all-time leading scorer and assist man.

  1. Not to be outdone, Oakland countered with Travis Bader's nine 3-pointers and 31 points and Duke Mondy's 26 points, six rebounds and six assists.
  2. UC Riverside lost, but Chris Patton had 36 points and six rebounds, shooting 14-for-16 from the field.
  3. Twenty-eight points, five 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists. Not a bad night for Penn's Miles Cartwright.
  4. Memphis' Geron Johnson went for 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win over Southern Miss.
  5. In his past two games, Alabama State's Philip Crawford has totaled 55 points and 33 rebounds.

Numbers to figure:

17: Garrick Sherman scored 17 points against Louisville -- with all of them coming in overtime. He didn't play in regulation. (h/t @jonsol)

2: UCF's Isaiah Sykes now has two triple-doubles this season. He had 20 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists against East Carolina.

27: Montana has now won 27 games in a row against Big Sky competition.

0: Grambling is still winless on the season, losing by 10 to Prairie View A&M.

Other outcomes of note:

  • Pittsburgh had one of the better wins of the day, going on the road and knocking off Cincinnati. The Panthers went on a late run, holding Cincinnati without a field goal for the final 9:21.
  • Saturday night saw the good version of UNLV. The Runnin' Rebels hunkered down on the defensive end, holding New Mexico to just four 3-pointers and 34 percent shooting from the field in a 64-55 win.
  • Kansas State is now first in the Big 12 after pulling away in the second half against Iowa State, 79-70.
  • Michigan State avoided a slip-up on the road against Purdue, cruising to an easy win and moving into first-place in the Big Ten.
  • Oregon overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to snap a three-game losing streak, knocking off Utah 73-64.
  • Arizona State needed to hold serve at home in order to boost its at-large hopes, but the Sun Devils couldn't complete a late comeback against Stanford. They have five of their last seven games on the road, too.
  • VCU is back on the right track, going on the road and defeating Charlotte. The 49ers have now lost four of six since starting with a gaudy 15-2 record.
  • Wichita State absolutely needed a win after dropping three in a row, and the Shockers dominated Missouri State 79-50.
  • Memphis had perhaps its best performance of the season, going on the road and beating Southern Miss by 13. But it wasn't all good news.

Notebook:

-- Florida and Gonzaga both cruised to easy wins, and it will be interesting to see where each team winds up in this week's rankings.

-- UCLA (vs. Washington State), San Diego State (vs. Fresno State), Kentucky (vs. Auburn), Baylor (vs. Texas Tech), Villanova (vs. South Florida) each won home games they couldn't afford to lose.

-- Don't look now, but Massachusetts is now 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the Atlantic 10, after getting an easier-than-expected win over Saint Joseph's.

-- Air Force has lost all the momentum it had from the five-game winning streak, as the Falcons lost their second in a row, this time to Nevada.

-- On the other side, Saint Louis kept its momentum going -- with a key road win at Richmond.

-- Saint Mary's continued stockpiling wins by beating San Diego, while BYU kissed its at-large hopes goodbye by getting annihilated down the stretch by San Francisco. The Cougars were up 15 in the second half, and were outscored by 27 in the final 14 minutes.

-- Remember when Wyoming and its undefeated season were a thing? The Cowboys have now lost five straight Mountain West games and are tied for last. Meanwhile, Boise State needed that win.

-- North Carolina-Central and Norfolk State are both still undefeated in the MEAC after winning on Saturday.

-- Louisiana Tech moved to 12-0 in the WAC with an easy win over Texas State. The Bulldogs are going to start getting some more attention.

-- Davidson, Long Beach State, Belmont, Stephen F. Austin, Middle Tennessee, Florida Gulf Coast, Valparaiso and Northeastern all kept their stranglehold on first place in their respective conferences.

-- In a battle for first place in the SWAC, Arkansas-Pine Bluff knocked off Southern 55-52.

-- Don't forget about Murray State. After beating Belmont during the week, the Racers beat Tennessee State. They're now 9-2 in the league.

-- Princeton dropped its first Ivy game of the season, getting stunned at home by Yale. Harvard is now by itself atop the standings.

-- Lehigh and Bucknell are still headed for a winner-take-all, head-to-head battle on Feb. 18 as each improved to 7-1.

For more college basketball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnCBB on Twitter, subscribe to our RSS Feed and subscribe to our College Basketball Newsletter. You can follow Jeff Borzello on Twitter here: @jeffborzello

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