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Pull up a chair and sit down at the breakfast buffet, an assortment of all the freshest newsworthy college hoops stories on the net. To make a submission, contact me via email or Twitter.

• Tom Izzo hasn't figured out how long he will suspend guard Korie Lucious in the wake of his August drunken driving arrest, but the Michigan State coach outlined several possibilities for reporters on Monday. Lucious will miss anywhere from two to four games, at least one of which will be an exhibition game and at least one of which will come in the regular season.

• Corey Fisher received plenty of ink nationally on Monday as both's Seth Davis and's Dana O'Neil recently dropped by to write pieces on the Villanova guard's quest to assume Scottie Reynold's role of team leader. Among the interesting revelations was Davis flat-out saying that Villanova didn't look like a Final Four team in practice, though he couched that statement a bit by cautioning that it's October and not March.

• Instead of working to improve his team's outside shooting, man-to-man defense or other flaws that led to last season's struggles, North Carolina coach Roy Williams began practice by putting his young team on the run. The additional conditioning work, which included everything from short sprints to mile runs, was designed to increase the Tar Heels' mental toughness.

• Though UCLA coach Ben Howland insists nothing has been determined yet, the five players on the first team at the Bruins' lone open practice of the season on Monday included junior college point guard Lazeric Jones at point guard. That's noteworthy considering that Jones and junior Jerime Anderson are in a "full-on competition" for the starting job at the position.

• Although Arizona State guard Ty Abbott made the first team all-league squad last season and earned a place on the preseason Wooden Award nominees, he has been left off several preseason all-Pac-10 teams. That prompted Arizona State sports information director Doug Tammaro to pen a blog post reminding folks of Abbott's past accomplishments.

• Of the stars at Saturday's Clash of the Classes game in Beaverton, Ore., there's no doubt who the most impressive performer was. Seattle product Tony Wroten, a recent Washington commit, put up 42 points, leading the state of Washington's high school all-star team to a 109-105 victory over an Oregon team highlighted by Washington-bound Andrew Andrews and Kentucky-bound Kyle Wiltjer.

• Richmond picked up a significant commitment on Monday, out-dueling larger programs NC State, DePaul and California for the services of three-star forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa. The 6-foot-8 Nelson-Ododa had built a strong relationship with Chris Mooney and the rest of the Richmond staff before his stock rose this past summer.

• USC's Marcus Simmons established himself as one of the Pac-10's top perimeter defenders the moment he arrived on campus, but the 6-foot-6 guard has been a liability offensively. He tried to combat that this summer by perfecting the form of his jump shot, hard work that has USC coach Kevin O'Neil optimistic that Simmons can help replace Dwight Lewis' perimeter production.

• Among the five coaches Gary Parrish writes are on the hot seat entering the season is Texas Tech's Pat Knight, who must have raised eyebrows among his peers by admitting as much last week. "To me this is either a get-an-extension or a get-fired type of year," Knight said at Big 12 Media Day last week. "We've got to get this team to the NCAA tournament. We have six seniors. We were bad the first year, pretty good last year. Now it's time to be good."

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