Jeff Eisenberg

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of the Dagger. Prior to joining Yahoo! Sports in Feb. 2010, Eisenberg worked for 4 1/2 years at The Press-Enterprise covering everything from UCLA basketball, to USC football, to the Los Angeles Lakers. If he's not watching basketball, you'll usually find Eisenberg enjoying the California sunshine, sampling craft brews or cooking on the grill.

  • Ranking the 11 unbeaten teams and projecting when each will lose first

    Villanova could be poised to take an unbeaten record into Big East play. (Getty Images)
    Villanova could be poised to take an unbeaten record into Big East play. (Getty Images)

    Three years ago, Wichita State completed the regular season undefeated. Two years ago, it was Kentucky who did it. There’s probably too much parity this season for anyone to match that feat, but 11 teams still have a chance.

    Below those 11 remaining undefeated teams are ranked from strongest to weakest with projections on when they’ll lose first.

    1. VILLANOVA (9-0): The reigning national champs remain a serious threat to become the first college basketball team to repeat since Florida in 2006 and 2007. The Wildcats own an impressive road win at Purdue and seven other double-digit victories over lesser competition. The strength of this year’s Villanova team is a perimeter-oriented attack led by All-American candidate Josh Hart, title game hero Kris Jenkins and former McDonald’s All-American point guard Jalen Brunson. Nearly half the Wildcats’ field goal attempts are 3-pointers, and they’re shooting a

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  • Judge dismisses sexual assault charges against Mateen Cleaves

    A judge dismissed charges against Mateen Cleaves on Monday (AP)
    A judge dismissed charges against Mateen Cleaves on Monday (AP)

    Mateen Cleaves has won the fight for his freedom without standing trial.

    A judge dismissed sexual assault charges against the ex-Michigan State basketball star on Monday because of insufficient evidence. Prosecutors have the right to appeal Flint district court judge Cathy Dowd’s ruling.

    Cleaves, 39, had been accused of unlawfully imprisoning and sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman at a Flint-area motel last September after a day of partying at a charity golf event. If found guilty, Cleaves could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

    Cleaves met the woman at the golf event and joined her, her boyfriend and some friends and coworkers for drinks at a nearby bar afterward. She then left the bar with Cleaves while her boyfriend drove another friend home.

    Prosecutors alleged that the woman thought Cleaves intended to drive her back to the golf club. He instead drove to a nearby motel, where the woman claimed she was held

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  • How Baylor has emerged as this season's biggest early surprise

    Johnathan Motley has helped Baylor rise from unranked in the preseason to No. 4 today. (Getty Images)
    Johnathan Motley has helped Baylor rise from unranked in the preseason to No. 4 today. (Getty Images)

    Having lost his leading scorer to the NBA, leading rebounder to the NFL and starting point guard to graduation, Baylor coach Scott Drew wasn’t sure how good his team would be this season.

    Only after the Bears began stacking quality wins like pancakes the past few weeks did Drew gain confidence that this year’s team could be special.

    “We felt good about our group, but some teams play better when the lights come on and some teams don’t play as well when the lights come on,” Drew said. “We’ve had a group that has showed great maturity when the lights have come on. Normally with a lot of newcomers and underclassmen, you get a lot more inconsistency, turnovers and bad plays. We haven’t had that, so I’ve been very pleased so far.”

    Baylor is on pace to surpass the accomplishments of last year’s 22-win team despite the departures of Taurean Prince, Rico Gathers and Lester Medford. The unbeaten

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  • Gonzaga gets revenge at last on its longtime non-conference nemesis

    Johnathan Williams and Gonzaga ended a three-game losing streak against Arizona (AP)
    Johnathan Williams and Gonzaga ended a three-game losing streak against Arizona (AP)

    LOS ANGELES — In addition to toppling a marquee opponent and preserving its undefeated record, Gonzaga achieved something far more satisfying Saturday evening.

    The Zags secured sweet revenge against a non-conference nemesis that has tormented them in recent years.

    Przemek Karnowski scored 18 points and Josh Perkins had 16 as Gonzaga hung on for a 69-62 victory over a 16th-ranked Arizona team decimated by injuries and other issues. The eighth-ranked Zags led by as many as 16 points early in the second half and never trailed the entire game.

    Only once did Arizona mount any semblance of a charge, pulling within five with just over a minute to go after a 12-4 spurt aided by six Gonzaga missed free throws. Point guard Nigel Williams-Goss halted the Wildcats’ momentum with a driving layup and then the Zags sank 4 of 6 foul shots to douse the threat and stave off disaster.

    “There isn’t a program I have more

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  • Fast-paced, freewheeling UCLA topples No. 1 Kentucky in Lexington

    Eight of Rivals.com’s top 25 freshmen. Four projected lottery picks. Two of college basketball’s most storied programs. Bill Raftery on the call.

    Saturday afternoon’s showdown between UCLA and Kentucky featured all the ingredients of an early-season classic, and the game itself did not disappoint.

    Overcoming an unsteady, turnover-plagued start and a mistake-prone, needlessly anxious finish, 11th-ranked UCLA stunned No. 1 Kentucky, 97-92, in Lexington. The Bruins led by as many as 14 points in the second half en route to becoming just the fifth team to defeat the Wildcats at Rupp Arena during John Calipari’s seven-year tenure.

    What was even more impressive than the outcome was the way UCLA did it. The fast-paced, freewheeling Bruins outgunned a Kentucky team that prides itself on excelling in transition, shooting 53 percent from the field and piling up the most points any visiting team has scored on the Wildcats during the Calipari era.

    UCLA's Lonzo Ball, left, shoots while defended by Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. UCLA upset No. 1 Kentucky 97-92. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
    UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, left, shoots while defended by
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  • How Buzz Williams has transformed long-struggling Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech is off to an impressive 6-1 start in Buzz Williams' third season (AP)
    Virginia Tech is off to an impressive 6-1 start in Buzz Williams’ third season. (AP)

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — As referees struggled to coax a pair of young ball boys into mopping up a wet spot underneath the basket last Sunday afternoon, Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams began to grow impatient.

    “Let’s solve this,” he screamed from the sideline. “Our guys know how to wipe.”

    Seconds later, a Virginia Tech player grabbed a towel, dropped to his knees and began scrubbing the floor. It was a perfect example of the selfless, blue-collar mentality Williams has instilled in his players while transforming the Hokies from perennial laughingstock to budding NCAA tournament contender.

    When Williams made the stunning decision to leave Marquette and come to Virginia Tech in March 2014, the Hokies were in the midst of a stretch of four straight last-place finishes in the ACC. Not only did they make an improbable eight-game leap in the league standings last season, they’re also poised to take another step

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  • Indiana proves itself once again by dropping surging North Carolina

    Nineteen days after upsetting Kansas, the Hoosiers toppled another elite team (AP)
    Nineteen days after upsetting Kansas, the Hoosiers toppled another elite team (AP)

    Indiana rocketed to No. 6 in the polls three weeks ago with a season-opening upset win over third-ranked Kansas. The Hoosiers then plummeted right back out of the top 10 a mere eight days later with a stunning loss at Fort Wayne.

    So who’s the real Indiana? At last, the Hoosiers have offered some clarity.

    Indiana reasserted itself as an elite team Wednesday night with an impressive 76-67 victory over previously undefeated North Carolina. The Hoosiers controlled the game from start to finish, opening a 17-point cushion midway through the first half and holding the lead the rest of the game.

    Only once did the third-ranked Tar Heels mount a serious push, a 9-1 surge that closed the gap to four with just under five minutes to play in the second half. It was then that Indiana guard James Blackmon sunk the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer that halted North Carolina’s momentum and helped the Hoosiers close

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  • Whose stock rose and fell during the Big Ten-ACC Challenge?

    London Perrantes spearheaded Virginia's second-half rally to beat Ohio State (AP)
    London Perrantes spearheaded Virginia’s second-half rally to beat Ohio State (AP)

    Come-from-behind victories from Clemson and Virginia on Wednesday night gave the ACC a 9-5 victory over the Big Ten in the annual challenge between the two leagues. Here’s a look at whose stock rose and fell during this year’s event:

    STOCK UP: LONDON PERRANTES

    No longer does Ohio State coach Thad Matta have only one career loss when his team leads by 15 or more points. Sixth-ranked Virginia handed him his second one on Wednesday night when it rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to defeat the Buckeyes 63-61. Senior point guard London Perrantes was the catalyst for the Cavaliers’ comeback. Motivated after coach Tony Bennett tore into him for lackadaisical first-half play at halftime, Perrantes scored 15 of his game-high 19 points after the intermission, took better care of the ball and played his customary lock-down defense. It was Perrantes who tied the game on a 3-pointer with four minutes to go. He

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  • Duke continues to win with ease without three projected lottery picks

    Duke's Frank Jackson defends Michigan State's Miles Bridges. (AP)
    Duke’s Frank Jackson defends Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. (AP)

    Take three projected lottery picks off preseason No. 1 Duke, and what do you get?

    Apparently, still a pretty good basketball team.

    With McDonald’s All-Americans Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden all sidelined by injuries, Duke has still reeled off seven victories in its first eight games against a schedule rife with quality opponents. The fifth-ranked Blue Devils added to their impressive start Tuesday night with a 78-69 victory over visiting Michigan State in one of the marquee games of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    Despite only using six players against the Spartans, Duke managed to break open a tight game with an 11-0 second-half run fueled by careless Michigan State turnovers that turned into easy transition baskets. Grayson Allen overcame a lingering toe injury to score 24 points on 21 shots, Luke Kennard shook off a rare poor outside shooting night to add 20 of his own and Amile Jefferson dominated the paint

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  • What to watch for in Tuesday's six ACC-Big Ten Challenge games

    Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon (Getty Images)
    Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon (Getty Images)

    The ACC and Big Ten are tied one apiece in their annual challenge after Florida State and Northwestern picked up victories on Monday night. Here’s a look at Tuesday’s slate headlined by Duke-Michigan State and Wisconsin-Syracuse:

    MICHIGAN STATE (4-3) AT DUKE (6-1) (9:30 p.m. EST): The unnecessarily brutal November slate Tom Izzo assembled for his team became downright masochistic after a spate of frontcourt injuries struck the Spartans. They’ve suffered losses away from home against Arizona, Kentucky and Baylor while starting an ex-walk-on at center and relying heavily on freshmen. The last leg of Michigan State’s November gauntlet arrives Tuesday night when the Spartans visit a Duke team that has endured some issues of its own so far this season. The Blue Devils have won six of their first seven games despite McDonald’s All-Americans Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden not playing a single minute due to injury. All three are expected

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