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Syracuse won the Battle 4 Atlantis by beating Charlotte, Connecticut and Texas A&M last week. But one Associated Press voter either doesn't care or doesn't know. (Or both.) Either way, he's getting a featured role in this week's Poll Attacks.
There is only one game late Monday that has a line on it. It's Clemson at Minnesota. And the play is Minnesota at home because the play can't be Clemson on the road.
Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Sam Vecenie discuss Michigan State-Providence, Wichita State, Xavier, Syracuse, Rick Pitino's Top 25 comments, Wisconsin and the Big Ten in general for this episode of the Eye on College Basketball podcast.
Marshall suspended assistant men's basketball coach Chris Duhon -- a former Duke standout and NBA player -- for a "violation of department rules and policies" after he was arrested on a charge of aggravated DUI early Monday.
Chris Mack's Xavier Musketeers are 7-0 with six double-digit wins.
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).

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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