When Villanova suffered its first loss on Sunday at Temple, Wildcats coach
That quote, in one form or another, will be repeated 11 more times this season. That's how many teams are undefeated, and I promise you not one of their coaches believes they will end the season with the first perfect record since Indiana in 1976. This time last year, there was rampant speculation as to whether North Carolina could run in the table, but they're not even floating that possibility in Lawrence and Lexington. Everybody is going to lose this season. The only question is when.
Hoop Thinkers know that in this space, we answer such beguiling questions. What follows is a primer on the remaining unbeatens with my firm promise -- OK, my best guess -- as to when they will suffer their first setback. I've provided the list in the chronological order of the predicted first losses.
I like my chances to get most of these picks right. Just don't expect me to be perfect.