College Basketball: Who's No. 2?

"Let's face it," one Eastern coach sighed last week. "There are two classes in college basketball this season: best and second best. U.C.L.A. is in a class all by itself. All the rest of us are fighting to be No. 2."

Even so, it is quite a fight. At the start of last week, no fewer than 13 teams besides U.C.L.A. were unbeaten. By week's end the number was down to seven—and some of the survivors were on the critical list. No. 2-ranked Louisville had all it could do to squeeze past Syracuse,...

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