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Breakfast buffet: Will Harangody be back this season?

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• If Notre Dame hopes to make a late push for an NCAA tournament bid, it may have to do so without Luke Harangody. The Notre Dame star will certainly miss Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh and may be out longer after he tried to practice on Monday for the first time since sustaining a bone bruise on his right knee and had to stop after 15 minutes because of lingering pain. "It needs time," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

• After Bob Huggins made his statement about the officiating in Monday's loss to UConn by getting ejected in the final minute, the West Virginia coach was more cautious in his post-game presser when asked about the Huskies' 42-23 advantage at the foul line. "You saw it. You're allowed to report on it. I'm not," Huggins said. "That's a tremendous advantage."

• In an effort to prove to the selection committee that Patrick Mills was healthy enough to participate in the NCAA tournament, St. Mary's scrambled to schedule a game against Eastern Washington in late February last year. The Gaels apparently are looking for a game again this season, though it would have to be one that would help their power ratings and give them a much-needed marquee win.

• Florida is starting to look more like an NCAA tournament team, but the Gators can probably lock up their spot with a victory over Tennessee on Tuesday night -- not to mention snap the Vols' six-game win streak in the series. "This one has a lot of meaning to it," junior forward Chandler Parsons said Monday. "Obviously, I want to beat those guys. We feel like we let one slip away last time that we played them."

• It's a sure sign you coach basketball at a football school when your team is 1-11 in conference play and you receive a vote of confidence from your supervisor. That's the situation at Nebraska, where associate athletic director Marc Boehm said coach Doc Sadler will be back next year even if the Huskers lose the rest of their games. "Doc is the right guy to get this thing done," Boehm said.

• Kalin Lucas shot just 3-for-13 in a loss to Ohio State on Sunday and then blew off post-game interviews after the game, so stand-up-kid that he is, the Michigan State guard came to Tom Izzo's weekly news conference and apologized. "Before we start, I just want to apologize for what happened yesterday," Lucas said. "I did leave. I'm sorry for that. I was supposed to stay here, supposed to do my interviews. I was disappointed that I didn't play good. Plus, we lost."

• Here's the downside to your point guard getting 16 assists in a single game: the NBA starts showing interest. Illinois coach Bruce Weber acknowledged the possibility of Demitri McCamey leaving a year early on Monday, adding he's fine with the junior guard considering it as long as he goes through "the right channels" and doesn't listen to "peripheral people."

• FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman wrote a nice piece about Kemba Walker leading UConn's sudden late-season revival, but I thought the most telling quote was this gem from Kevin Dyson. Asked about UConn sending Walker to the foul line to shoot technical free throws instead of him, Dyson admitted, "I had 17 points and probably would have wanted to get 20 earlier in the year. But this isn't about me. It's about the team, and Kemba was making his free throws."

• The closest thing the Emerald City has to NBA basketball these days is Charles Garcia, Seattle U's talented but immature pro prospect who said Monday that he thinks he's ready to enter the draft this summer. The junior isn't showing enough effort in practice to earn a spot in Cameron Dollar's starting lineup these days, but he nonetheles averages a team-best 19.4 points per game.

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