Later on, Butler shocked Villanova in Hinkle Fieldhouse, 101-93, mainly by shooting 15-22 from three. Senior Kelan Martin went 4-for-4 from long range and led his team with 24 points, while ’Nova found themselves in a hole as deep as 23 points with 10 minutes left in the game. A big 14-0 run extended the drama just a bit, but it was nowhere near enough. This is the second year in a row that Butler has given Villanova its first loss of the year, and the Bulldogs carry a three-game winning streak against the Wildcats.

And in what was probably the least surprising “upset” of the day, Arizona won at home against Arizona State, 84-78. ASU deserves a lot of credit for a start that’s included wins over Kansas, Kansas State, and Xavier, but this was still a team coming off a 15-18 year, and it’s very difficult for even the most seasoned squads to win in Arizona. Wildcat freshman Deandre Ayton dominated ASU, scoring 23 points and pulling in 19 rebounds. The Sun Devils put up a fight and made it close, but they never had a lead in the second half, and they couldn’t get a good shooting performance out of anyone but senior leader Tra Holder.

These losses all set up a new year where no one team can hold an undisputed claim to number one. Villanova, Michigan State, and Duke all wear the biggest targets in their respective conferences, but this season, men’s college basketball lacks a truly dominant team. On the other side, however, there remain six winless schools: One—Coppin State—comes from the MEAC, while the other five—Texas Southern, Alabama State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State, and Alabama A&M—will battle in SWAC conference play.