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BOZICH | Ten risky observations after week one of college basketball

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – They say it's risky to deliver predictions after one week of the college basketball season, but I've always been a guy willing to dunk in traffic or sail off the high dive. (Actually, I can't swim.)

I'll beat the rush and give you 10 Too Early Conclusions After One Week of College Hoops:

1. Best Wins: This one is easy. Kentucky 72, Kansas 40 as the Wildcats win the way Secretariat won.

I'll make Texas the runner-up for the Longhorns' 71-57 victory over a solid Iowa team and place Louisville third for the Cards' 13-point win against Minnesota.

2. Worst Losses (with a mercy rule disqualification of Kansas): California 73, Syracuse 59. Jim Boeheim will return to regularly scheduled cupcake scheduling ASAP.

Some people argued that Harvard belonged in the Top 25. Where does that put Holy Cross after the Crusaders beat the Ivy League power, 58-57? Northeastern 76, Florida State 73 makes the photo, too.

3. Conference Trash Talk: Regardless of what you saw from Kansas, the Big 12 had a solid week, winning 88 percent of its games, while going 21-3.

After that, it's ACC 33-5 (.87); Big Ten 32-5 (.86); Pac-12 24-5 (.83) and SEC 26-8 (76).

4. Freshman Watch: Indiana freshman guard James Blackmon is the top freshman scorer in the nation at 23.3 points per game. He's also first in three-point shots made with 11.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 7 rebounds, which ranks 23rd among all freshmen. The top freshman rebounder is UCLA's Kevon Looney at 12.3.

5. Transfer Watch: Checking on several local guys who moved to other opportunities. Former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer has played well for Gonzaga, averaging 11.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Remy Abell, who starred at Eastern High School and played two seasons at Indiana, is averaging 9 points and 3.5 assists for Xavier. Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware is averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds at Georgia State.

6. NIT Alert: Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com mentioned the NIT as a possible destination for Syracuse after the Orange were handled by California and first-year coach Cuonzo Martin. Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant aren't walking through that door.

Memphis backed up its embarrassing exhibition game loss to Christian Brothers by losing to Wichita State, 71-56. And Clemson lost a home game to Winthrop, 77-74.

7. Keep An Eye On: Purdue has won three walkovers and is leading the nation in fewest points per game allowed, 42.3.

Notre Dame is also 3-0 and making 59.1 percent of its shots. And Arkansas is 2-0, whacking Wake Forest by 30.

8. Comparative Story Fun: Michigan State beat Navy by five. No big deal? The Spartans always start slow, right?

Not so fast. Notre Dame beat the Midshipmen by 39 and Providence handled Navy by 37.

9. Calling Cards: Several local team statistics worth remembering – Louisville ranks sixth in the nation in rebounding at 47.5 per game; Kentucky ranks second in blocks, averaging 9.3 and Indiana ranks eighth in points per possession, averaging 1.25.

10. Games to Watch: It's not a great weekend but if you want to stray from football, you'll have options.

Kentucky plays host to Boston University Friday night and Montana State at 6 p.m. Sunday. Marshall visits Louisville at 9 Friday night.

North Carolina at 2-0 Davidson should be the best game on Saturday. Providence and Notre Dame took turns pounding Navy. They'll face each other Sunday at the Hall of Fame tip-off in Uncasville, Conn.

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