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Breakfast Buffet: Arizona spoils Bryce Drew’s coaching debut

Jeff Eisenberg
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Breakfast Buffet: Missouri’s departure threatens Border War

1. It will probably take a month or two for Arizona players to settle into their new roles, but the Wildcats looked more cohesive than expected in a 73-64 season-opening victory over Valparaiso on Monday night. Spot-up shooter Kyle Fogg showed the ability to score off the dribble, Jesse Perry emerged as the team's top big man and Jordin Mayes steadied the offense after freshman Josiah Turner appeared over-excited and turnover-prone.

2. St. John's proved it can force turnovers and score in transition against an overmatched William & Mary squad in Monday night's season-opening 74-59 victory. The question for the Johnnies is does a team that goes just seven deep have the energy to press and trap all season without wearing down and will it be as effective against more athletic, experienced opponents in the Big East?

3. Andre Cornelius' September arrest on suspicion of credit card fraud and credit card larceny will cost the George Mason guard the first 10 games of his senior season. The school announced Cornelius' indefinite suspension will be lifted Dec. 21 against Duquesne, the Patriots' first game after the conclusion of the fall semester. "I accept this punishment and will work as hard as possible to support my team and get ready to make an impact when I come back," Cornelius said.

4. If the consensus has been that Florida center Patric Young will have a breakout season in his first year as a starter, consider statistical guru Ken Pomeroy among the dissenters. Pomeroy notes that Young used just 11.3 percent of the Gators' offensive possessions and gathered just 8.8 percent of available offensive boards, numbers that will likely have to improve dramatically for him to make a significant jump.

5. Already shorthanded as a result of forward Chace Stanback's DUI suspension and center Carlos Lopez's sprained ankle, UNLV lost another key player for its season opener against Division II Grand Canyon University. The school announced Monday night that guard Anthony Marshall has been suspended for one game as a result of playing in multiple summer leagues, a penalty that leaves the Rebels with just seven available scholarship players. {YSP:MORE}

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Breakfast Buffet: Missouri’s departure threatens Border War

Unlike Division I programs with ample budgets, schools at college basketball's lowest levels often don't have extra baskets handy in case a backboard shatters. As a result Hannibal-LaGrange University had to postpone its season opener last week when Iowa Wesleyan's Jeff Harper broke the glass on one backboard less than five minutes into the game with an emphatic fast-break dunk.

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Breakfast Buffet: Missouri’s departure threatens Border War

"I hate to say this: We looked like a pretty good zone team." -- Kentucky coach John Calipari begrudgingly complimenting his team after a 125-40 drubbing of Division II Morehouse College in Monday night's exhibition finale. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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Breakfast Buffet: Missouri’s departure threatens Border War

• No games scheduled Tuesday

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