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Breakfast Buffet: Is Bruce Weber’s job in jeopardy?

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. Based on what Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas told the Chicago Tribune even before the Illini's loss to Michigan on Sunday, it appears coach Bruce Weber may not keep his job much longer. "It's our goal to be relevant through Big Ten play," Thomas said. "It's not a question of being in the tournament. That should be a given. It should be what seed." Illinois, now 16-9, 5-7, is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.

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2. How did Memphis gain entry into the Big East last week after years of failed overtures? The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Kyle Veazey takes readers behind the scenes to provide the answer. Though Memphis had lobbied for more than a decade for inclusion in the league, the advanced talks that led to last week's announcement only took place over the course of three weeks.

3. Unhappy with sitting on the bench for a key second-half stretch in Maryland's loss to Duke on Saturday, guard Terrell Stoglin vented his frustration on Twitter afterward. "Loved sitting that bench today. Smfh wow," Stoglin wrote. It's understandable for Stoglin to be upset, but the leading scorer on a team already reeling from Pe'Shon Howard's season-ending knee injury needs to show more restraint and maturity than that.

4. Criticizing Gus Johnson is practically blasphemy in college basketball circles, but New York Magazine's Will Leitch makes some valid points. Leitch writes that viewer's anticipation of Johnson's signature excitable game-ending calls often overshadows the fact that he's a mediocre play-by-play man for the majority of the game. I'll admit Leitch is probably right about that, but there's no one I'd rather have behind the microphone for the final minute of a closely contested game.

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5. Baylor's fourth loss in four games against fellow Big 12 powers Missouri and Kansas this season inspired's Andy Glockner to examine what exactly is wrong with the super talented yet seemingly underachieving Bears. Although Perry Jones III's vanishing act and the team's lack of a distributing point guard are factors, Glockner points to Scott Drew's tissue-soft two-three zone as the primary factor. 

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Since video of Wild Bill's latest costume wasn't available, I decided to break the rules and make this a pic of the day instead of a clip of the day. The portly Utah State super fan has previously dressed up as Cupid, Peter Pan and the Teacup from Beauty and the Beast, among other things. In this case, he donned green body paint from head-to-toe to dress as a pig from "Angry Birds" during Saturday's Utah State loss to New Mexico. (Thanks to @bubbaprog for the photo)

"Who cares if Princeton beat Harvard? It's a press conference about Penn and Dartmouth. We just sat here for two hours and watched the Penn-Dartmouth game. You should have driven up I-95 and gone to Princeton." — Penn coach Jerome Allen after his team's narrow win over Dartmouth Saturday. With Harvard's loss to Princeton, the Quakers once again control their own destiny in the Ivy League title race (Philadelphia Enquirer)

• Syracuse at Louisville, 7 p.m. EST

• Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m. EST

• Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. EST

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