By Gary Parrish
Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday's slate of college basketball games …
Game of the night: Seton Hall hasn't played a tough schedule. But 9-1 is still 9-1, and 9-1 is the Pirates' record after an 80-77 overtime win over Mercer that featured Herb Pope scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Pope has recorded a double-double in eight of 10 games this season. He's averaging 22.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.
Win to brag about: I had to referee an email-fight between my colleagues Jeff Goodman and Matt Norlander this preseason because Norlander suggested Nate Wolters might be one of the top 50 players in America and Goodman suggested Norlander might be one of the top 50 idiots in America. Back and forth they went. For hours. And it nowlooks like Norlander could get the last laugh because Wolters is having a heckuva year, and he got 34 points, seven assists and zero turnovers in South Dakota State's 92-73 victory at Washington. In other words, in a game featuring former heralded recruits like Abdul Gaddy, Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross, Wolters was the best player on the court. Good for him. Good for Norlander.
Loss to hide from: Turns out, that fight against Cincinnati cost Xavier more than just negative publicity. The suspensions that were a result of last weekend's brawl meant the Musketeers had to play Oral Roberts without three starters -- Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons and Dez Wells -- and that didn't go too well. ORU won 64-42 at the Cintas Center. So now Xavier is 8-1.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Nate. MF'ing. Wolters. The junior guard was 10-of-20 from the field and 13-of-16 from the free throw line in that win at Washington. He's now scored at least 32 points three different times this season.
Player who does not deserve improper benefits: E.J. Singler took 11 shots and missed nine of them in Oregon's 67-54 loss to Virginia. He's 6-of-22 from the field in Oregon's last two losses -- to BYU and Virginia.
Numbers don’t lie
- 1.41: That's how many points per possession South Dakota State scored against Washington. It's the most anybody has scored per possession against a high-major team this season.
- 20: That's how many years it had been since Missouri started a season 11-0 before a 94-56 win over William & Mary pushed the Tigers to 11-0 this season.
- 39: That's how many consecutive home games against non-league opponents Connecticut had won before it played Holy Cross. Which means the streak moved to 40 after Andre Drummond scored 24 points in the Huskies' 77-40 victory over the Crusaders.
Three other notable results
- John Shurna hit nine 3-pointers and finished with 32 points in Northwestern's 87-72 win over Eastern Illinois. The Wildcats are 10-1.
- Rhode Island's 68-65 loss to Yale was the Rams' second loss to an Ivy League school this season. The other was to Brown. Rhode Island is 1-10.
- Iowa State was pushed but avoided a bad home upset. The Cyclones beat Central Michigan 59-52 thanks to 14 points and eight rebounds from Royce White. Iowa State is 8-3.
- Florida State's 77-61 win over Loyola Marymount pushed the Seminoles to 7-0 at home this season. They've won nine straight home games dating back to last season.
- Nate Wolters and John Shurna weren't the only players to go for 30 on Sunday. Missouri's Michael Dixon got 30 against William & Mary.
- The Top 25 (and one) has already been updated. Vanderbilt and Alabama dropped out. Creighton and San Diego State moved in.
Graphic via Norlander, obviously