The Wildcats were picked to finish 12th out of 14 teams back in the preseason.
Illinois' slide down the bracket continues with a loss at Iowa tonight.
The best rivalry in college basketball tips off again on Wednesday, as the Duke Blue Devils meet the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Atlantic-10 is a mess right now, with four teams tied for first place and five others within two games. We predict how it finishes here.
Tonight was a rough night for the top of the Atlantic-10, as VCU, George Washington and Rhode Island all fell. Also, Virginia won in its first game without Justin Anderson.
A new face enters the fold. And the overall race is getting very interesting in the middle.
North Carolina travels to Raleigh to take on North Carolina State, and Iowa State goes to Waco to take on Baylor. That and much more on Wednesday night.
Dan Hurley and improving Rhode Island have overcome two seasons of growing pains for chances like Tuesday's contest against Atlantic-10 heavyweight VCU.
The conference is not going to be sending six teams to the NCAAs, like last year. But five is possible. Who? Get filled in now.
Most of the country will enter conference play this weekend, which makes for some fascinating viewing appointments.

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