South Carolina drops close game to Seton Hall; here are the 6 remaining unbeatens

Barely a month into the season, college basketball has only six unbeaten teams remaining.

We went from seven to six on Monday night; South Carolina took its first "L" in a 67-64 decision against Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

Asterisk? Kind of. The Gamecocks were playing without their best player, Sindarius Thornwell, who's facing an indefinite suspension. Thornwell violated university policy, and the details of the suspension have not and seemingly will not be revealed. So without Thornwell, the Gamecocks didn't have enough to get past a solid Seton Hall squad.

South Carolina was the last team to lose last season, starting 15-0 before ending in the SEC tournament with a 24-8 record and missing the NCAA Tournament.

With the loss by Frank Martin's team, the question becomes: Which unbeaten will lose next? It might be more than a week. It probably will, in fact.

Here are the remaining unbeaten teams in college basketball and the next game they play:

  • No. 1 Villanova hosts Temple on Tuesday night.
  • No. 2 UCLA hosts UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night.
  • No. 4 Baylor hosts Southern on Wednesday night.
  • No. 8 Gonzaga plays Tennessee in Nashville on Dec. 18.
  • No. 10 Creighton hosts Oral Roberts on Saturday.
  • No. 24 USC hosts Troy on Saturday.

Five of those six games are at the home venue of the unbeaten team, and you'll notice almost all of those games are against lowly opponents. Perhaps Temple gives Nova a scare with the Big Five tilt, but really, Gonzaga is the only team seemingly -- maybe -- in danger of losing. Tennessee nearly won at UNC on Sunday night, but Gonzaga could be just as good as North Carolina this year, really.

We wait and see. Above it all, the Big East (Nova and Creighton) and the Pac-12 (UCLA and USC) are reaping the biggest benefits to the hot starts this season.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his ninth season reporting on college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics... Full Bio

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