1. There were two revealing quotes from UCLA coach Ben Howland in this column by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times. Howland conceded that "in retrospect" he should have left Reeves Nelson home after the junior forward missed his flight to Maui just days after a previous suspension had been lifted. Howland also acknowledged "The only way we can get into the tournament now based on our record is to win the conference tournament."
2. Already off to the worst start in program history and still chasing its first Division I win, Utah endured more bad news Monday. Coach Larry Krystkowiak suspended leading scorer Josh "Jiggy" Watkins indefinitely for a string of issues including falling asleep in class and arriving late to a 7:45 a.m. practice. Credit Krystkowiak for setting the tone for what he expects out of his players, but the Utes may not be able to beat the likes of Cal State Fullerton or Idaho State if Watkins isn't reinstated.
3. Monday's news that Brady Jardine's foot injury will take longer to heal than expected is devastating for struggling Utah State. Without its top big man, the Aggies have already fallen to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Denver and Pacific. "The injury is certainly worse than we thought, once it was retested and everything," coach Stew Morrill told reporters. "He's out for an extended period and possibly the season."
4. The underdogs in Tuesday night's Jimmy V Classic doubleheader are both in desperate need of marquee victories to make up for bad losses earlier this season. Villanova meets Missouri looking to erase the sting of losses to Saint Louis and Santa Clara, while Washington is hoping to make up for a loss at Nevada on Friday night by upsetting a Marquette team that just won at Wisconsin.
5. The winningest coaches in Division I college basketball received Sports Illustrated's highest honor Monday. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, fresh off eclipsing Bobby Knight's all-time wins record, and Tennessee's Pat Summitt, five months removed from revealing she has early-onset dementia, have been named the magazine's sportsman and sportswoman of the year for 2011.
Minnesota's 55-40 victory over USC on Saturday was barely watchable, but it did produce the weekend's best dunk. Springy forward Rodney Williams steals the ball at the top of the key from a USC guard and finishes the play at the other end with a soaring uncontested 360 dunk.
"If we look ahead to Saturday, we'll go into Saturday's game with three losses." — Kansas coach Bill Self on the importance of the Jayhawks focusing on Tuesday's game against Long Beach State before turning their attention to Ohio State. (Lawrence Journal-World)
• Missouri vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. EST
• George Mason at Virginia, 7 p.m. EST
• Marshall at Syracuse, 7 p.m. EST
• Memphis at Miami, 9 p.m. EST
• Washington vs. Marquette, 9 p.m. EST