Bo Ryan lost five of his top seven scorers from last season, including three NBA players. And he didn't replace them with any impactful freshmen or transfers. So the struggle is real at Wisconsin, and that was evident again during Sunday's loss at Oklahoma.
Early season tournaments will mostly come to an end this weekend, as the Battle 4 Atlantis, Wooden Legacy, Advocare Invitational, NIT Preseason Tip-Off, Las Vegas Invitational and Barclays Center Classic all finish up. Here's what else to expect this weekend.
Freshman Ben Simmons looked good vs. Marquette on Monday, Al Freeman is producing for Baylor plus other news and notes from around the nation.
The Hurricanes are legitimate ACC contenders, Oregon is looking strong plus more from around the nation from CBS Sports Jon Rothstein.
Bronson Koenig saved Wisconsin from a third early season loss with this spinning lay-in to beat VCU.
For Wisconsin, the runner-up in last season's national championship game, it's a 2-2 start, this Hoyas loss bookended by that stunning home L to Western Illinois last Friday.
North Carolina's Hall of Fame coach, Roy Williams, scheduled a game at Northern Iowa so that senior Marcus Paige could play a game near his hometown of Marion, Iowa. But a preseason injury means Paige won't be healthy enough to play -- though he might be recognized in some creative way.
Early season tournaments get into full swing on Friday throughout the day, then continue on throughout the weekend. Here's what you can get excited about this weekend.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein is high on Providence's Kris Dunn and the Cal Golden Bears. Check out more of his observations plus news and notes from around the nation.
The John R. Wooden Award is given annually to the nation's top college basketball player. Kentucky and Indiana both have three players on the preseason Top 50 list. Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky won the award last season.

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