— Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and 11th-ranked Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday.
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— Nate Watson scored a career-high 29 points and Providence turned back Creighton each time it pulled close to beat the 11th-ranked Bluejays 74-70 on Wednesday night.
Gonzaga and Baylor are in their own tiers atop men's college basketball. Everyone else, it seems, is fighting for No. 3.
— Aaron Thompson scored 17 points and found Bryce Nze for the go-ahead layup with 68 seconds left in overtime Saturday to complete a remarkable second-half comeback with a 70-66 upset of No. 8 Creighton.
Juwan Howard and the Wolverines are carrying the banner for the rugged Big Ten, while USC and UCLA had big weeks out west.
— Damien Jefferson scored 16 of his season-high 19 points in the first half and No. 7 Creighton got off to a fast start on its way to an 89-53 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
Texas handed Kansas a historic loss at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. What kind of leap does the Longhorns' blowout merit?
— Christian Bishop had a go-ahead dunk with 0.8 seconds left and the 11th-ranked Creighton Bluejays held off a late rally to beat the Providence Friars 67-65 on Saturday.
Iowa and Michigan State are struggling. Northwestern and Minnesota are ascending. Will the new Big Ten balance of power hold?
— Antwann Jones and Denzel Mahoney scored 13 points each to lead No. 13 Creighton to a 66-61 win over 12th-ranked Xavier on Wednesday, handling the Musketeers their first loss of the season.
Courtside: Gonzaga is a whole lot of fun, Rutgers looks like a throwback UConn team, COVID stress impacting teams
Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas, filling in for a vacationing Dan Dakich, tip off the podcast discussing position-less basketball, how much fun Gonzaga is, Rutgers looking like a Jim Calhoun UConn team, Tennessee and Missouri being the best teams in the SEC, and COVID stress impacting teams on the court.
The Scarlet Knights moved to 6-0 with a rout of Maryland and victory over Illinois last week, and they make their first appearance in our top 16.
— No. 9 Creighton had already lost two close games this season and was facing a third defeat before rallying on Sunday to beat UConn in overtime.
The waiver covers all Division I sports, and the most immediate impact will be felt in men's college basketball, in which a number of notable players will be able to suit up immediately.