1. There's no shame in Indiana's 57-50 loss at Wisconsin, but the Hoosiers cannot claim to be one of the Big Ten's elite until they find a way to win on the road. After briefly cracking the top 10 in the polls thanks to wins over Kentucky and Ohio State, Tom Crean's Hoosiers have dropped four of five Big Ten road games and four of five games overall to fall to 4-5 in conference play. The main culprit Thursday night? A handful of key offensive rebounds that enabled Wisconsin to pull away in the final two minutes.
2. When Long Beach State clobbered fellow Big West contender UC Santa Barbara on the road Saturday night 71-48, it was easy to wonder whether any team in the league could challenge the 49ers this season. Perhaps Long Beach State read too many of their own press clippings this week, however, because the 49ers had to rally from an eight-point second-half deficit to beat UC Riverside 77-70 in overtime Thursday night behind 11 points in the extra session from Casper Ware.
3. Colorado improved to 6-2 in the Pac-12 with a 74-50 drubbing of host USC on Thursday night, but it's still difficult to judge whether the Buffaloes are legitimate conference title contenders or not. Five of Colorado's six Pac-12 wins were in Boulder, with the exception being Thursday night's win over a Trojans team that is winless in conference play and down to six scholarship players after the knee injury DeWayne Dedmon suffered.
4. In addition to being perhaps the marquee matchup of this year's BracketBusters event, a Creighton-Saint Mary's game would pit Doug McDermott against one of his former coaches on the U.S. U-19 team from last summer. "Randy Bennett got to be very close to Doug this past summer," Creighton coach Greg McDermott told the Omaha World-Herald. "I think Randy promised Doug that he wouldn't double-team him if we played, so maybe that is the game we want."
5. Iowa State's Royce White is such a fascinating, multi-layered personality that I spent 40 minutes on the phone with him before the season for a profile and could easily have taken another hour without running low on questions. ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf does a terrific job exploring one of the areas White touched briefly on with me: The anxiety disorder that led him to have a crippling fear of flying when he was younger.
Washington's underachievement this season has overshadowed the high-caliber freshman season guard Tony Wroten has produced. Wroten earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter's Top Plays segment Thursday night for this one-handed posterization of Arizona State's Jonathan Gilling in the Huskies'60-54 victory over the Sun Devils.
"Has your wife ever cheated on you? That's probably how frustrating (it is)." — North Carolina State junior Scott Wood on the frustration of never having beaten in-state rival North Carolina. Wood's Wolfpack lost to the Tar Heels on Thursday night 74-55. (WRAL Sports)
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