College basketball needs more players like Michigan's Denzel Valentine, Syracuse's Tyler Lydon is paying dividends and other news and notes from Jon Rothstein.
Syracuse is 5-0 with a win over Connecticut.
Texas A&M just earned one of the biggest wins for the program in years, defeating Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Vanderbilt has plenty of talent and is back on the big stage in the Maui Invitational final -- its biggest game since losing in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 ... in 2012.
Wednesday will crown a champion in Maui and kick off the Battle 4 Atlantis, the two strongest early season conference tournaments.
Kentucky took over as the new No. 1 team in the country after North Carolina lost to Northern Iowa over the weekend.
The Hurricanes are legitimate ACC contenders, Oregon is looking strong plus more from around the nation from CBS Sports Jon Rothstein.
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.
College basketball's Associated Press Poll went relatively unchanged this week, given that most of the teams involved played cupcakes and took care of business. There was one exception to that though, as Wisconsin failed to defeat Western Illinois and as a result, fell from the ranks of the AP Poll.
The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels were one of the few Top-25 teams who didn't schedule a cupcake as their opening game. And after beating Temple handily 91-67, the Heels have been rewarded by the coaches poll.

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