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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 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 Early Season Conference Review: SEC

College basketball league play is nearing. Here is where the SEC stands so far.
<p> Kentucky is mortal after all, allowing Florida and Missouri to challenge for SEC dominance.</p>

The final two undefeated SEC teams watched their unblemished records fall during their trips out West. Florida lost 65-64 to Arizona while LSU lost 89-70 at Boise State.

Despite the loss, the Gators, who led until the final seconds, appear to be the class of the conference. Unfortunately for the SEC, standing out is not hard to do. Beyond the top four or five teams, the SEC may struggle to fill postseason spots.

College Basketball Game of the Week: Florida at Arizona

Gators and Wildcats will put their undefeated records to the test: Our preview and prediction for Tucson
<p> Florida has been pounding its opponents this season, but can the Gators beat the Pac-12's best on the road?</p>
Arizona forward Solomon Hill

The 13 remaining undefeated teams will be reduced by at least one late Saturday night.

College Basketball: John Calipari's Top 20 All-Time Freshmen

From UMass to Kentucky, no one has coached freshmen quite like Cal
<p> College basketball: John Calipari's top 20 freshmen</p>

Even since his first season as a college head coach at UMass, John Calipari has thrived with freshmen. That season in 1988-89, Calipari had a rookie Jim McCoy, who averaged 19.8 points per game.

That freshman and that team didn’t resemble the recruiting empire Calipari built at Memphis and Kentucky where a glut of talented freshmen sign with Cal, win a ton of college games in one year and then go on to be NBA Draft picks.

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.

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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