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Breakfast buffet: Jayhawks escape Colorado, No. 1 curse

Jeff Eisenberg
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• Texas and Kentucky may have spit the bit after taking over the top spot in the rankings, but surely Kansas could break the hex facing lowly Colorado, right? Uh, yes, but just barely. The Jayhawks needed an attrocious final possession from Colorado and about 112 overtime rebounds from Marcus Morris to overcome 14-for-30 foul shooting in regulation and eke out a 72-66 victory.

• Colorado has endured near-misses against Kansas State and Texas A&M already in conference play so far this season, but those won't sting for weeks like squandering an opportunity to topple Kansas. A contested 25-footer at the shot clock buzzer in a tie game on the final possession of regulation? Yeah, probably not what coach Jeff Bzdelik drew up in the huddle.

• With Mizzou down three to Texas A&M and its 32-game home win streak on the line, the Tigers put the game-tying 3-pointer in the hands of J.T. Tiller and ... wait a minute, J.T. Tiller?! Wouldn't the Tigers have been better served going to a guy who wasn't 4-for-26 from behind the arc this season? "When the play breaks down you have to have a contingency plan," Tiller explained after the 77-74 loss. "It was a good look."

• The good news for Michigan State is that Kalin Lucas' ankle injury doesn't appear to be a break after X-rays came back negative. The bad news is that his status is uncertain for games against Illinois and Purdue, which could make the Big Ten race suddenly interesting if the Spartans drop a game or two.

• A YouTube-worthy dunk from Virginia's Mustapha Farrakhan propelled the Cavs to a home victory over struggling NC State and a 5-2 start in the ACC. Never thought I'd be typing those words when Virginia started 4-4 with losses to Auburn, Stanford and Penn State.

• Remember how Pittsburgh was supposed to be a little down this season? Well, after a quick start, the Panthers have hit a major rough patch in Big East play. A 70-51 thrashing at West Virginia sent Pittsburgh to its fourth loss in five games, the first time the Panthers have endured a streak like that since Kordell Stewart was still the starting quarterback of the Steelers.

• Tonight's Big East matchup between Cincinnati and Notre Dame is shaping up to be quite a bubble tussle. At 5-4 in league, the Bearcats are likely hanging onto a bid by the slimmest of margins these days, while Mike Brey has already proclaimed that his Irish (15-7, 4-5) need at least five wins in their last nine to get back into contention.

• Louisville's Edgar Sosa would like you to know that his numbers compare favorably with some of the nation's top point guards, and Rick Pitino would like you to know he doesn't care. "I don't know what it's going to accomplish by looking at other point guards," Pitino said. "A, it's not going to help us win; B, it's not going to help him get drafted; and C, it's not going to help him become a better basketball player."

• Memphis may not be the Conference USA juggernaut of the past this season, but its win over UAB at least gets the Tigers back in the at-large conversation."We're out to prove a point," Wesley Witherspoon told Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "Memphis basketball hasn't gone anywhere."

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