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Breakfast Buffet: T-Shirts celebrate Murray State’s 23-0 record

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. When Syracuse began selling T-shirts commemorating its 20-0 start this season, the Orange responded by losing their next game to Notre Dame to become the second-to-last team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. Murray State hopes to have better luck with these T-shirts celebrating its 23-0 record and No. 7 ranking and proclaiming itself "the last of the unbeaten."

2. Since Florida's Bradley Beal described the Gators as having a lot of "swag" entering their SEC showdown with Kentucky on Tuesday night, Lexington Herald-Leader beat writer Jerry Tipton asked Terrence Jones to define what that meant. Jones could easily have been glib in his response but instead he gave a thoughtful definition, telling Tipton "That's pretty much what swag is — confidence in your own way and style of play and believing in yourself."

3. It appears the longstanding Texas-Texas A&M rivalry will be another casualty of conference realignment. After his team's 70-68 victory in College Station on Monday night, Texas coach Rick Barnes reiterated to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Longhorns have no intention of scheduling the Aggies once they're in different leagues beginning next season. Said Barnes coldly, "We have lots of rivals."

4. College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins held a press conference Monday to explain why he has taken a medical leave of absence. "I got physically exhausted, fatigued and lacked the necessary energy to coach our team," Cremins said. "My energy level is still not where it needs to be, but I'm definitely feeling a lot better. My doctor has advised me to focus only on getting rest and exercise and nothing else."

5. If Wednesday night is truly the last time Syracuse and Georgetown play at the Carrier Dome as conference foes, then at least a huge audience will be there to send the Big East's most historic rivalry out in style. Syracuse expects a crowd of more than 30,000, the 16th time in the history of series that the Orange have drawn that many fans to watch the matchup with the Hoyas.

One major difference between Division I and Division II programs: Apparently how strong their backboards are. In this video unearthed by Ballin' is a Habit, Cal State San Bernardino's Kwame Alexander caught a pass at the rim in transition and threw down a two-handed alley-oop dunk so ferocious he pulled down the entire backboard on his way down. As the announcer aptly pointed out, "You don't see that very often."

"In the second half, we just gave in. I told guys, if we're going to lose, we're going to go down swinging. And we just took a butt-whipping and we didn't fight back." -- UConn senior Alex Oriakhi on his team's 80-59 loss to Louisville on Monday night. The Huskies trailed by just five at halftime but surrendered a 36-12 run to start the second half.  (Connecticut Media Group)

• Florida at Kentucky, 7 p.m. EST

• Iowa State at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. EST

• Alabama at Auburn, 9 p.m. EST

• Purdue at Ohio State, 9 p.m. EST

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