1. The player of the year race is wide-open.
Nick Collison (Kansas), Hollis Price (Oklahoma) and Dwyane Wade (Marquette) lead the field, but as many as two dozen players—the largest number in recent memory—are in the picture.
2. Top-ranked Arizona is head and shoulders above everyone else.
The Wildcats didn't panic event when down by 20 points at Kansas last Saturday, roaring back to outscore the Jayhawks 52-22 in the second half en route to a 91-74 victory Arizona is 10 deep and will get even better once senior forward Luke Walton (right ankle sprain) is 100%.
3. Michigan State is falling fast.
At week's end the Spartans (10-8), who were ranked 14th on Dec. 30, had lost six of their last eight, and their 60-58 defeat at Michigan on Sunday was their first loss to the Wolverines in five years.