1. Gene Keady is doing a masterly job at Purdue. The Boilermakers were picked in the preseason to finish no higher than seventh in the Big Ten, but thanks to the leadership of the 66-year-old Keady and the stellar play of senior shooting guard Willie Deane (17.8 points per game), the Boilermakers were in sole possession of first place with a 6-1 record (14-4 overall) at week's end.
2. Don't underestimate Dayton (15-3). The Flyers' 75-70 win at La Salle last Saturday left them as the only undefeated team in the Atlantic 10, raising the stakes for their showdown at No. 20 Xavier on Saturday. Dayton also had an RPI of 22, thanks to a tough nonconference schedule that has included games against Duke, Marquette, Cincinnati and Villanova.
3. This season will probably be Larry Shyatt's last at Clemson. The Tigers' fifth-year coach has been rumored to be on the chopping block for the last two years, and Clemson was 1-6 in conference play through Sunday, bringing Shyatt's career record in the ACC to 16-55.