Behold, the endless variety and infinite diversity of college basketball storylines. How does the sport remind us of a big smorgasbord, all-you-can-eat line? Look at one night. Just one night. Tuesday night.
In Lawrence, Kansas got zero points – nada – from second and third leading scorers Lagerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike, the latter going out with an ankle injury. The Jayhawks struggled early but finally put away Wofford with a 27-0 run, 72-47, meaning Bill Self is now 163-1 when holding the opponent under 60. Kansas remains unbeaten but the masses have been a little tense. The Jayhawks just slid by two overtime victories.

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In Evanston, a Michigan team that had steamrolled its first eight opponents by at least 17 points, blew a 15-point lead against Northwestern and barely escaped 62-60. Welcome to life on the road in the Big Ten. “We survived – I don’t know how,” John Beilein said. Poor Northwestern. The Wildcats played two Big Ten games in four days – at Indiana the other – and lost both by two points.
In Elon, N.C., Furman took the floor for the first time in history as a member of the Associated Press top-25. The 9-0 Paladins beat Elon 98-77, when Alex Hunter scored all of his 18 points after halftime. But they understand their margin for error in the polls. “We know the next time we lose, we’re out,” coach Bob Richey said.

In State College, Pa., Penn State roared to a 9-0 head start against Indiana. Then the Nittany Lions lost 64-62, partly because they missed 15 of 26 free throws and more than a dozen layups. “I wish I had some clever answer for you,” coach Pat Chambers told reporters afterward. “I don’t.” Penn State is 4-4, with the four defeats by a combined 14 points.
In Boston, the Boston College Eagles pulled out white uniforms with Eagles in script for the first time since the 1961-62 season. So much for good luck from a wardrobe change. They lost 100-95 in overtime to Providence.

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Beware the brutes from the Ivy League. In Philadelphia, freshman Michael Wang scored 23 points to lead Penn past Miami 89-75. Three days earlier, Miami lost to Yale. For being such a mighty league, the ACC has taken some curious early season defeats: IUPUI over Boston College, Houston Baptist over Wake Forest, Niagara over Pittsburgh, Radford over Notre Dame. Clemson went 0-2 against the state of Nebraska – losing to both Creighton and the Cornhuskers – and now this 1-2 punch on Miami by the Ivy League.