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Breakfast Buffet: Pittsburgh humiliated at home

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. Anyone who thought it couldn't get worse for Pittsburgh learned otherwise Wednesday when the Panthers set records for offensive futility in a 62-39 home loss to Rutgers. A Scarlet Knights team that has struggled away from home held Pitt to its lowest point total in 38 years and its lowest point total in a home game in 61 years. What makes it even worse for the Panthers is the upcoming schedule: Up next are road games at Marquette and Syracuse.

2. With top big man Garrett Green and Tim Shelton set to graduate after this season, San Diego State is in desperate need of big men who are ready to make an immediate impact next year. Steve Fisher found one on Wednesday in Virginia transfer James Johnson, a 6-foot-9 former top 100 recruit who played sparingly for the Cavs this season as a redshirt freshman before leaving last month. Johnson will be eligible in mid-December next season and plans to be 20 pounds lighter than his playing weight at Virginia.

3. One intriguing sidebar to Saturday's Mountain West showdown between UNLV and San Diego State is the presence of former Aztecs assistant Justin Hutson on the Rebels bench. In this piece from the Las Vegas Review Journal's Ed Graney, Hutson opens up about his friendship with first-year San Diego State assistant Tony Bland, a man who he once helped mentor but now will recruit against for years to come.

4. You knew Xavier was going to put a hurting on somebody sooner or later to take out the frustration built up during its lengthy post-brawl skid. Duquesne proved to be the unlucky victim on Wednesday night as the invigorated Musketeers showcased balanced offense and improved defense in throttling the Dukes 78-50. Said forward Andre Walker to the Cincinnati Enquirer: "It just felt like we were getting back to normal."

5. The power of Tim Tebow is strong enough that he even impacts college basketball. In an effort not to conflict with the 6 p.m. MST kickoff for the Denver Broncos' playoff game at New England on Saturday, Northern Colorado has moved tipoff of its home game against Big Sky foe Eastern Washington to 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. Wisconsin was unable to do a similar switch Sunday to accommodate fans who wanted to watch the Packers game.

Louisville was so listless against Providence on Tuesday night that in allowed 6-foot-9 sophomore Kadeem Batts to look like Karl Malone. The Providence forward scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and delivered this memorable poster jam in transition over Louisville shot blocker Gorgui Dieng.

"In our (previous) away games, we came out flaccid, we came out aloof." -- Auburn center Rob Chubb explaining what the Tigers need to do differently on the road and becoming the first college basketball player ever to describe his team's play as "flaccid." (Yahoo! Sports)

• Wisconsin at Purdue, 7 p.m. EST

• George Mason at Drexel, 8 p.m. EST

• Virginia at Duke, 9 p.m. EST

• Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 11 p.m. EST

• Colorado at California 11 p.m. EST

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