Jeff Eisenberg

Breakfast Buffet: North Carolina controls its own destiny in ACC

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. North Carolina's 87-76 win over Maryland on Sunday ensures it control its own destiny in the ACC entering the final week of the regular season. If the Tar Heels can win at Chris Singleton-less Florida State on Wednesday, they'll have an opportunity to play for an outright ACC title against Duke on Saturday.

2. The most interesting sequence from Ohio State's 82-61 shellacking of Indiana was the words exchanged between coaches Thad Matta and Tom Crean at halftime. Crean intruded on Matta's conversation with the referees as the teams headed to the locker room, leading to an exchange both coaches downplayed after the game.

3. Dayton's NIT title run last year was supposed to be the foundation for a strong season this year, but the underachieving Flyers are not even on the NCAA tournament radar entering March. A 66-62 home loss to first-place Xavier dropped the Flyers to 7-7 in an Atlantic 10 that's considerably weaker than it was a year ago.

4. CBSSports.com's Matt Jones takes readers behind the scenes at Kentucky for their practice on the eve of Saturday's home victory over Florida. It's interesting to see which motivational buttons John Calipari pushes to inspire certain players, whether it's calling Doron Lamb out for his effort, noting the presence of NBA scouts to DeAndre Liggins or reminding Darius Miller he can be a difference maker.

5. Here's Seattle Times beat writer Percy Allen's take on what Washington must do to make the NCAA tournament after its home loss to rival Washington State on Sunday night. Bottom line: Allen thinks it will take two more wins for the Huskies to feel safe, whether those wins come against UCLA and USC this week in Seattle or in the Pac-10 tournament the following week in Los Angeles.

Gardner-Webb spoofed ESPN's dancing coaches commercial with this video of coach Chris Holtmann. Chances are Holtmann and the Runnin' Bulldogs won't be going dancing this year. They went 11-20 in the regular season and open Big South tournament play at first-place Coastal Carolina on Tuesday.

"No way we should've lost to them bums." -- Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs via Twitter after the Panthers lost in overtime at Louisville on Sunday. Gibbs later apologized to Cardinals players, coaches and fans, acknowledging Pittsburgh was "outplayed" and that he looked forward to redeeming himself. (Twitter)

• No. 15 Villanova at No. 9 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. ET

Kansas State at No. 5 Texas, 9 p.m. ET

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