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Breakfast Buffet: Louisville’s injury woes worsen

Jeff Eisenberg
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Rakeem Buckles (Getty Images)

1. Louisville's injury luck this season is so bad that it's starting to spill into next season. The Cardinals learned Tuesday evening that the left knee injury forward Rakeem Buckles suffered in the first half of Monday's loss to Marquette was a torn ACL. Because it's Buckles' second major injury to that knee, the recovery period will likely last 14 months, meaning he will miss all of next season as well.

2. Here's a measure of how good a defensive player Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis is: The 6-foot-10 big man set the single-season record for blocked shots at one of the nation's most storied programs on Tuesday night ... and it's only mid-January. Davis blocked his 84th shot of the season late in the first half against Arkansas. He also had one of his best all-around games, scoring 27 points and grabbing 14 boards to go with his usual seven blocked shots.

3. A student manager provided some of the motivation for Rutgers' 65-58 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night. Dave Fedor pointed out that he had never seen Rutgers on the left side of the two-column locker room Big East standings board, which lists the top eight teams on one half and the bottom eight on the other. As a result, coach Mike Rice used that as his halftime speech to spur the Scarlet Knights to victory.

4. College football season is over, which can only mean two things: Spring football talk is already underway in Alabama and "Forde Minutes" have returned. In this installment, Pat goes after coaches for their poor behavior, targeting Iowa's Fran McCaffery for his "Fran Slam" of a folding chair against Michigan State and North Carolina's Roy Williams for leaving his walk-ons to face a court storming at Florida State.

5. Michael Rothstein, ESPN.com's Michigan beat writer, has conducted a straw poll of player of the year voters during the season each of the past few years to attempt to give readers an idea of how the race stacks up. On Tuesday, Rothstein released this season's first installment, which had Kansas' Thomas Robinson narrowly ahead of Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Doug McDermott of Creighton.

As if San Diego State doesn't have enough to be excited about with its torrid start this year, check out what's in store for the Aztecs next season. That's 6-foot-5 La Costa Canyon guard Matt Shrigley, a San Diego State signee, throwing down a vicious one-handed poster dunk over a very late and very overmatched help defender.

"Do I respect John Beilein? Tremendously. Do I respect their school? Tremendously. Do I like them? Not one bit." -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo before his team's one-point loss at Michigan on Tuesday night. (The Associated Press)

• Cincinnati at Connecticut, 7 p.m. EST

• St. Joseph's at Xavier, 7 p.m. EST

• Marshall at West Virginia, 7:30 p.m. EST

• Wichita State at Northern Iowa, 8 p.m. EST

• Texas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. EST

• San Diego State at New Mexico, 10 p.m. EST

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