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10 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 14-20

Butler has a flair for the dramatic, Brad Stevens does not
<p> Butler's buzzer-beating finish over Gonzaga headlines this week's top stats, also Florida's dominance, struggles for point guards at Louisville and Missouri, and a clutch point guard performance from Syracuse.</p>

With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Jan. 19

Syracuse and Louisville face each other for the top spot in the Big East
<p> Louisville's loss to Syracuse at the end of the 2011-12 regular season was a turning point for the Cardinals. Rick Pitino's team has been at the top of its game since then, but Syracuse remains a Big East leader. Missouri-Florida, Oregon-UCLA and Creighton-Wichita State are among other key games this week.</p>

The last time Louisville faced Syracuse, the Cardinals weren’t in great shape. Syracuse’s 58-49 win to end the regular season handed Louisville its eighth Big East loss and fourth loss in six games on March 3. Syracuse, meanwhile, won its 30th game of the season.

College Basketball Midseason Report: All-Americans and Championship Picks

In Part Two of our midseason report we look at individual superlatives and pick every conference
<p> We're halfway to the start of the Final Four and the Player of the Year race is as cloudy as the race for the top spot. Trey Burke, Phil Pressey, Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Doug McDermott and more are all in consideration.</p>

One of the critiques of the 2012-13 college basketball season has been a lack of eye-popping players vying for player of the year awards. Think of Player of the Year performances and competitions in recent years by Anthony Davis, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, Tyler Hansbrough and Michael Beasley.

Adding to the confusion, the top prospect for the NBA Draft is unsettled, too.

College Basketball Bracket Update and Power Rankings: Jan. 16

Louisville looks to retain top spot nationally against shorthanded Syracuse
<p> Syracuse's road trip to Louisville is the week's most important game, but Mountain West contenders will be in the spotlight along with Maryland and Creighton.</p>

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the whispers: Bracketology, bubble watch, resumes, seeding, RPI.

The college basketball season is halfway through January and the conference races are starting to be determined. Though most conferences have only made a dent into league play, we have a pretty good idea of which leagues are going to have a ton of bids (Big Ten) and which are not (SEC).

7 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 1-6

Arizona and coach Sean Miller are flirting with their first loss of the season.
<p> Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 1-6</p>

With 347 Division I teams, following college basketball can be overwhelming. Let Athlon Sports start your college hoops week each Monday with a look at some of the most intriguing, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:

College Basketball Preview: Kentucky at Louisville

Both the Cardinals and Wildcats looking for a statement win in the Athlon Game of the Week
<p> College Basketball Game of the Week: Kentucky at Louisville</p>
John Calipari

The stakes aren’t quite as high the last time Kentucky and Louisville met, but -- hey, who are we kidding -- the stakes are always high in this series.

College Basketball's Latest Realignment: The Big East Split

Five questions on the likely split between basketball and football in the Big East
<p> College basketball's latest realignment: The Big East Split</p>
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With a new conference realignment announcement coming every week or two, the landscape is almost numb to the movement by now.

College Basketball's Early Conference Review: Big East

As conference play begins in a few weeks, here's where the Big East stands so far
<p> Louisville and Syracuse retain their top spots atop the Big East, but programs like Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Georgetown may be closing the gap.</p>

Aside from the turmoil caused by conference realignment, the Big East has continued some familiar trends: Syracuse continues to be among the national elite with a bench player taking his turn in the spotlight, Louisville continues to be a defensive pest, and Georgetown is at its best when no one expects big things out of the Hoyas.

But the league has its share of surprises, such as Cincinnati’s ascent and a flop of a season for Florida State.

Kentucky's first road test highlights SEC-Big East Challenge

Previewing key college basketball matchups for Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida and more
<p> Kentucky faces Notre Dame in South Bend in SEC-Big East Challenge, but emerging Tennessee and Georgetown teams also meet in a key game.</p>

If the unofficial start of the SEC-Big East Challenge began in the Bahamas on Friday, the Big East is in good shape.

Louisville defeated SEC newcomer Missouri 84-61 in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal, but, of course, the game was not part of the official Challenge, which begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. Neither Louisville nor Missouri are taking part in the 12-game event.

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