1. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament being only months away, the NCAA released separate lists of the 75 best performers and 35 best moments in tourney history. Both lists are well done. If I had one quibble with the "moments" list, I think it would be the omission of the 1999 national title game in which UConn upset one of Mike Krzyzewski's best Duke teams. That game was more memorable than some of the upsets on the list.
2. UNLV received encouraging news on Mike Moser's dislocated right elbow Monday when the Rebels learned their all-conference forward will likely miss about a month and could return in time for the start of conference play. That's welcome news considering coach Dave Rice feared Moser could potentially miss the rest of the season when he first suffered the injury early in Sunday's win at Cal.
3. The four coaches on Xavier's 2004 Elite Team have all gone on to be head coaches elsewhere. Even more impressive, their combined record so far this season is 32-1. Former assistants John Groce (Illinois), Alan Major (Charlotte) and Sean Miller (Arizona)are all have undefeated records, while Ohio State coach Thad Matta is the slacker with a lone loss at Duke. "He has got to pick it up," Miller said of Matta, laughing, during an ESPNU podcast released Monday. "What was wrong with him?"
4. Georgetown found the cure for its recent offensive ineptitude Monday night: Playing Longwood. Otto Porter scored a career-high 22 points and six other Hoyas added at least six as Georgetown rolled to an 89-53 victory, a welcome outcome considering the team's shooting struggles in a 46-40 win over Towson on Saturday and a 37-36 victory against Tennessee the previous week.
5. Michigan State center Adreian Payne's team-high 3.1 GPA as an aspiring business major is especially impressive considering what the 6-foot-10 senior has overcome to achieve it. Payne suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which led him to fall behind his peers during high school and has forced him to work harder than most Michigan State students to keep up in classes.
A moment of silence for the victim of this Tony Mitchell dunk. The North Texas star hasn't been able to lead the Mean Green to the type of success he expected entering the season, but Mitchell showed with this dunk against Jackson State over the weekend why he is a potential lottery pick in next June's NBA draft.
"Even when I wasn't playing well those guys were in my corner. To see that is great. It was a confidence-builder." -- Pittsburgh senior forward Dante Taylor on his teammates wildly cheering for him from the bench as he scored 16 points in an 89-47 rout of North Florida on Saturday night. Taylor, once a McDonald's All-American, has endeared himself to his teammates for how he has accepted a reserve role as a senior. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• St. Joseph's at Villanova, 7 p.m. EST
• West Virginia at Duquesne, 7 p.m. EST
• Norfolk State at Illinois, 8 p.m. EST