The national player of the year award is Jimmer Fredette's to lose. The senior guard's 43 points in BYU's win over San Diego State puts him in front of UConn guard Kemba Walker, who has shot 32.4% over his last four games, and Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger, whose numbers are impressive but not as good as Jimmer's... . Xavier coach Chris Mack has done a great job despite his team's injuries. After last Saturday's pasting of Richmond, in which sophomore guard Tu Holloway had a career-high 33 points, Xavier was 7--0 in the Atlantic 10... . Ohio State will not go undefeated. The 20--0 Buckeyes escaped by one point at Northwestern, even though the Wildcats were missing their best player, John Shurna. It's only a matter of time before they get clipped.
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