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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.
Everybody except Michigan State fans should be rooting for a close game in which Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn go back and forth. So, in the spirit of that, we're taking Providence plus the points and rooting for that close game to materialize.
Cincinnati beat George Washington on Saturday to win the Barclays Center Classic. The Bearcats are the nation's first college basketball team to get to 7-0 this season. They're ranked 20th in the updated CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).
Middle Tennessee and Toledo play late Saturday -- actually early Sunday, on the East Coast -- in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Blue Raiders are the play.
Syracuse was an underdog against Connecticut on Thursday and Texas A&M on Friday. Regardless, the Orange won both games to take the Battle 4 Atlantis crown and improve to 6-0. They're now ranked 13th in the updated CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).
Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Providence's Kris Dunn are probably first and second, in some order, in the National Player of the Year race. They'll play against each other Sunday night in the title game of the Wooden Legacy.
West Virginia's pressure could present problems for San Diego State late Friday. So lay the points with the Mountaineers.
Syracuse is 5-0 with a win over Connecticut.
The Michigan Wolverines are trying to snap a two-game losing streak. Playing Charlotte is a good way to do that.
Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Guy Lewis -- best known for leading Houston's iconic Phi-Slama-Jama teams in the 1980s -- died Thursday morning. Lewis was 93 years old.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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