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Breakfast Buffet: ‘Rock bottom’ for Utah, a recruit drops 68 and the buzzer beater that wasn’t

Jeff Eisenberg
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Kenny Kadji congratulates Miami teammate Julian Gamble after a dunk (Getty Images)

1. Since the primary storyline that emerged from Miami's rout of Duke last week was that the top-ranked team in the nation lost by 27 points, the Hurricanes did not get as much national attention as you might expect from that signature win. That should change now that Miami has backed that victory up by pummeling rival Florida State 71-47 to remain unbeaten in ACC play. Expect to see the surging Hurricanes in the top 12 in the new polls, maybe the top 10.

2. In an otherwise lost week for Louisville, a future player did provide the Cardinals with at least one piece of good news. Louisville commit Terry Rozier erupted for a school-record 68 points Saturday night in Hargrave Military Academy's 139-135 double overtime victory. Rozier was supposed to join the Cardinals this season, but academic issues forced him to spend a year at prep school.

3. The nation's only mascot with over 10,000 Twitter followers will retire at the end of this basketball season. Butler's beloved Blue II, an eight-year-old English bulldog, will pass the torch to his younger brother, Blue III, or Trip. "When it comes time to get out and beat the pavement and do all those things well, let’s let Blue rest and let Trip take on that responsibility," handler Michael Kaltenmark told RTV6 in Indianapolis.

4. Here's a sign Ole Miss is making its mark this basketball season: The Rebels will have a famous visitor for their home game against Kentucky on Tuesday. According to a tweet from Ole Miss big man Murphy Holloway, actor Morgan Freeman is expected to be in the building. The Rebels will be looking to remain unbeaten in SEC play and deal another blow to the NCAA tournament hopes of the Wildcats.

5. If George Mason is Northeastern's biggest competition to win the CAA title this season, then it might be time to acknowledge the Huskies are clearly the league's best team. Northeastern throttled the Patriots 71-51 on Sunday, improving to 8-0 in CAA play this season and sweeping George Mason for for just the second time in eight CAA seasons. The Huskies have now beaten George Mason, Drexel and Delaware, the three preseason league favorites, all on the road.

Niagara hung on to sole possession of first place in the MAAC by the thinnest of margins — the length of Billy Baron's finger tips. Baron's game-winning running 3-pointer at the buzzer was originally ruled good Sunday night but referees reviewed it and determined that the ball was still in the Canisius guard's hands as time expired, enabling Niagara to escape with a 66-65 victory.

"This is rock-bottom for me. This is the lowest I’ve felt since I took over. We just got beat up out there tonight. I can tell you this much: We will play hard for the rest of the year. That won’t be a problem again." -- Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak on his team's 87-56 thrashing at the hands of Stanford on Sunday night in Salt Lake City. It's a testament to the improvement of the Pac-12 this season that the Utes are much better than they were a year ago yet have fallen to 1-7 in league play, one game worse than at this point last season. (Salt Lake Tribune)

• Pittsburgh at Louisville, 7 p.m. EST

• Kansas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. EST

• South Florida at Marquette, 9 p.m. EST

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