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College Basketball Midseason Report: Surprises and disappointments

We're halfway to the Final Four, so it's time to look at the surprises and disappointments so far
<p> Minnesota and Illinois have added to the depth of the Big Ten, while Kentucky's slump has us skeptical about the SEC.</p>

The college basketball season is rolling along as we’ve reached the halfway point to the Final Four.

8 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Jan. 7-13

The week was not a good one for undefeated teams as Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming lost
<p> The final four undefeated teams -- Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Wyoming -- lost in a five-day span. Meanwhile, Indiana held off a late rally by Minnesota, and a Texas A&amp;M guard made history at Rupp Arena.</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:

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 Game Preview: Ohio State-Illinois

Longtime Thad Matta assistant John Groce looks to regain early season form against former boss
<p> Illinois was one of the biggest surprises to start the season, but the Illini have struggled of late with two losses in the last three games. Ohio State also looking to make a statement in its Big Ten road opener.</p>
Ohio State coach Thad Matta

John Groce can win a tournament game or two. The Illinois coach proved that in the Maui Invitational this season and in two NCAA Tournaments at Ohio.

5 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Dec. 17-23

Athlon starts your college basketball week with key stats from the hardcourt.
<p> 5 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Dec. 17-23</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's early season conference review: Big Ten

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the Big Ten stands so far.
<p> The Big Ten looks to be the deepest league in the country as Illinois and Minnesota have joined Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State as top contenders.</p>

Entering the season, Athlon ranked the Big Ten the nation’s top conference.

Despite a loss by its top team Saturday, the league has done nothing to change that notion. If anything, the league looks more formidable than we projected.

5 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Dec. 4-10

Athlon starts your college basketball week with key stats from the hardcourt.
<p> 5 Amazing College Basketball Stats of the Week: Dec. 4-Dec. 10</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 intriuging, most important and most interesting stats from around the sport:

Maui Invitational Preview: All eyes on North Carolina

Roy Williams' team looks to make statement in Maui
<p> Maui Invitational Preview: All eyes on North Carolina</p>

Success in Maui has been a good sign for most teams in recent years. Two of the last four Maui Invitational champions have gone on to win the national title (2008-09 North Carolina, 2010-11 Connecticut). Players like Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Kyle Singler and Adam Morrison have thrived in this tournament in recent seasons as well.

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