Longshot players could have made a killing betting a daily double in which No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Kentucky lost on the same day. But that's what happened Saturday when Oklahoma State and Tennessee ambushed the top pair on the road.

In Stillwater, the Cowboys shot 60.4 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from three-point range and got a 27-point performance from James Anderson to upend Kansas. Jayhawks center Cole Aldrich had a quiet game with 11 points and only five rebounds. When he's not a force in the paint, KU can be had.

In Knoxville, the Volunteers played tough defense. Kentucky's John Wall had a nice game with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists, but the Wildcats shot only 35 percent from the field, including 2 of 22 from three-point range. J.P. Prince had 20 points for Tennessee and made the big baskets near the end when Kentucky came back.

All that happened before No. 4 Syracuse played host to No. 7 Villanova at the Carrier Dome in front of the largest on-campus crowd in NCAA history, 34,616. After a slow start, Syracuse dominated Nova almost as badly as it did North Carolina early in the season at Madison Square Garden. The Orange had six double-figures scorers, and what really impressed was the way they passed the ball and played with such great control on offense.

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Early in the season, Wesley Johnson was the catalyst who could take over games, and he remains the best player on the floor in terms of his ability to affect all reas of the game. As ESPN commentators Bob Knight and Jay Bilas said last night, Kris Joseph is the best player coming off the bench in America. But the variable that might make Syracuse the NCAA favorite beyond their 2-3 zone is that their big men suddenly have discovered their ability to score easily on the inside because of the attention defenses must pay to Johnson and Joseph and Andy Rautins and the willingness of those three to pass inside. Rick Jackson had 19 points and eight rebounds, and Arinze Onuaku added 17 points and nine rebounds.

If No. 3 Purdue can beat Michigan State this afternoon after losing Rick Hummel for the season, it might gain the No. 1 spot in the polls, but I expect Syracuse to leap from No. 4 to the top spot. The Orange sure look like the NCAA favorite to me and have since I saw them earlier this season at the Garden and they underlined it against Villanova.