1. Terrence Jones may be a lottery pick in next spring's NBA draft, but the sight of Ashley Judd in the Kentucky locker room on Saturday was enough to persuade the freshman forward to entertain thoughts of an acting career. "I asked her, 'When did you get into acting,' " Jones told the Lexington Herald-Leader, "and what it meant to her. And what does it take for someone like me to do it."
2. The party line among ACC coaches appears to be that the league's woes are a result of public relations problems, not basketball problems. "Some leagues do a better job of accentuating the positives," Maryland coach Gary Williams told the Washington Post. "The ACC has won five of the last 10 national championships, so don't tell me that we're a weak league."
3. Never has a victory inspired less confidence than Michigan State's 84-83 overtime win over Indiana at the Breslin Center on Sunday. That the Spartans struggled so badly against the Hoosiers on the heels of a home loss to Michigan suggests Michigan State is far closer to an NIT team right now than to a Big Ten contender.
4. One incentive for Georgia Tech to pay the $7 million buyout it will take to oust coach Paul Hewitt at the end of the season is the decline in men's basketball ticket revenue under his watch. Season ticket sales to Yellowjackets games are down 23.7 percent this season and Georgia Tech is averaging the third-fewest fans in the ACC.
5. It might comfort Kansas big man Thomas Robinson to know other athletes have endured similar circumstances to what he and his seven-year-old sister Jayla now face. The Kansas City Star brings us the story of former Clemson defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey, who took custody of his 11-year-old little brother Fahmarr while he was still in college because his mother was fighting an addiction.
Halftime entertainment at Richmond's game against Xavier on Saturday wasn't the usual youth game or half-court shooting contest between fans. Instead the Spiders held a baby race featuring 12 infants, video of which is guaranteed to brighten your Monday morning.
"I respect women's sports as much as men's sports. Our women's team is doing a great job. I respect them, I watch them, and I'm good friends with them. (Disrespecting women) is the last thing I would do." -- USC forward Nikola Vucevic, after apologizing for saying he and his teammates "played like women" in Saturday's loss to Arizona. (Orange County Register)
- Ashley Judd