Ducks played big role in sad week

They were joined by North Carolina, which also lost three straight

There's a scene in the cult classic "So I Married an Axe Murderer" where the characters sit at a diner and have to choose between two awful scenarios, such as being forced to watch synchronized swimming or finding a scabby Band-Aid in a steak.

In the college basketball world this week, there are a multitude of scabby Band-Aid scenarios that could outdo each other in terms of worst weeks.

What's worse?

Three straight losses by North Carolina to set the Tar Heels at the bottom of the ACC standings at 0-3 to equal the worst conference start in team history, or Oregon completely unraveling with three straight losses to fall to 1-3 in the Pac-12?

What's worse?

Duke clinging to a Top 25 ranking with two losses in three games, or Ohio State plummeting from the top five after back-to-back losses to Michigan State and Iowa?

What's worse?

Managing only 15 first-half points and shooting only 28 percent for the game in a loss to Northwestern and falling from the Top 25 as Illinois did, or watering down the impact of a win against Kansas with a loss against so-so Washington like Colorado did?

We'll go with the Tar Heels as the owner of the worst week.

Team of the week: Michigan State. The Spartans survived two overtime games to remain atop the Big Ten standings at 4-0.

Sure both games were at home, but they took down the No. 3 team in the country and won the other without the services of their one of their top scorers.

The Spartans knocked off Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday and then defeated Minnesota 87-75 in extra minutes without Adreian Payne, who is dealing with a foot injury.

Player of the week

C.J. Fair, Syracuse. The forward is helping propel the Orange toward a special season.

He scored 17 points (on 8 of 17 shooting) with six rebounds and two steals to push No. 2 Syracuse past Virginia Tech 72-52 on Tuesday. He followed up by playing all 40 minutes in a 57-45 victory against North Carolina, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds and two blocks.

Games to watch

Today: Georgia at Florida, 4 p.m. PST, ESPNU. Can Georgia follow its upset at Mizzou with an even more impressive win at Florida?

Thursday: Connecticut at Memphis, 4 p.m., ESPN. A victory at Memphis could get UConn back on track.

UCLA at Colorado, 5 p.m. Both teams looking for a statement victory.

Saturday: Pittsburgh at Syracuse, 1 p.m., ESPN. The Former Big East foes reunite for an ACC showdown of ranked teams.

Oklahoma State at Kansas, 1 p.m., CBS. A win by the Cowboys would tighten an already snug Big 12 race.

Oklahoma at Baylor 11 a.m., ESPN2. The Sooners played themselves into relevance by beating Iowa State. They could look like real contender by beating Baylor.


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