1. Kansas coach Bill Self had one request of President Obama when he chatted with him at a meet-and-greet session before the president's speech in Osawatomie, Kansas on Tuesday afternoon. "I said, 'With all due respect, Mr. President, don't pick us again (in his NCAA Tournament bracket),'" Self said with a chuckle. "He picked us to win it all the last two years. He said, 'You cost me money,' I said, 'Not as much as you cost me.'"
2. Will Barton scored 27 points to lead Memphis to a 71-54 rout of host Miami, but it was the sophomore guard's work on the glass that had his coach most excited. Barton had 14 rebounds to notch his third double-double in four games. "I mean, Will Barton has been really, really good. There's no question about that," Josh Pastner told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. "The biggest thing is being on the glass. He's night-and-day different (from last season)."
3. The more Virginia plays this season, the more Tony Bennett's team is starting to resemble his best Washington State teams from four or five years ago. Virginia improved to 8-1 on Tuesday night by slowing down the tempo and pounding George Mason 68-48, shooting an efficient 60.5 percent as a team, sinking 7 of 14 three-pointers and forcing 20 turnovers
4. Tragedy struck Ohio State on Tuesday when former Buckeye Brent Darby lost a fight against blood clots and died in a Detroit hospital. Darby, 3o, is best known for his performance in the 2003 Big Ten tournament when he averaged 21 points and 5.5 assists, playing all but two minutes in four games, as eighth-seeded Ohio State won its first three games before losing the championship game to Illinois.
5. Missouri's Kim English is one of the most eloquent players in college basketball, but ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil reminds us it wasn't always that way. The senior guard overcame a speech impediment when he was a kid. "I always had confidence in myself and in my thoughts," English said. "I wanted to get my thoughts across; I just couldn't get out what I wanted to say. I knew I was saying things of substance."
Anyone with a squeamish stomach would be wise to avoid clicking on the above video of Weber State forward Kyle Bullinger dislocating his elbow in gruesome fashion Saturday against San Jose State. The only silver lining for Bullinger is that he's expected to miss just four to six weeks, meaning he should return in time for most of conference play.
"He'll probably let you know on Twitter that he won't be able to play until July." — North Carolina coach Roy Williams on freshman P.J. Hairston's sprained ankle. Hairston' drew Williams' wrath last week when he tweeted an injury update prior to Saturday's Kentucky game. (Charlotte Observer)
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