Southern California , picked in the second division of the Pacific-10 in preseason, leads the league (9-2, 15-5 overall) after a 64-58 victory over Washington State. The Trojans lead second-place Arizona by one game.

St. John's Chris Mullin scored 12 of his 21 points in the last six minutes to lead the top-ranked Redmen to a come-from-behind 70-68 victory over Villanova at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. St. John's has won 14 straight.

Michigan , the leader in the Big Ten, easily beat preseason league favorite Illinois, 57-45. The Wolverines are 9-2 in the conference and 18-3 overall. Everyone in the Big Ten now has at least five conference losses except for Michigan and Iowa. Each has lost twice.

George Mason moved to within one game of ECAC South leader Navy with a 64-63 victory at Richmond. The Patriots, 12-8 overall, upset the defending league champion and move into a tie for second place (7-3) with the Spiders.

Virginia , firmly in last place in the ACC (1-8), continued to play well outside the league, beating Louisville, 74-65. The Cavaliers (12-11) have nonleague victories over Arkansas, Virginia Tech and Louisville.