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Breakfast Buffet: Tony Mitchell’s debut lives up to the hype

Jeff Eisenberg
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1. It didn't take long for ex-Missouri signee Tony Mitchell to show why he's perhaps the most highly touted player ever to enroll at North Texas. In his long-awaited college debut in Sunday night's win over Jackson State, the former high school All-American finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and scored his first bucket on a rim-rattling dunk. "All the frustration was gone after that," Mitchell told the Denton Record-Chronicle. "It was a great feeling. I was trying to break the rim."

2. Whatever slim chance William & Mary had of handing Missouri its first loss evaporated in the opening minutes of the Tigers' 94-56 win on Sunday. Missouri held the Tribe scoreless for 11 minutes, 31 seconds and bolted to a 19-0 lead, the perfect response after Tigers coach Frank Haith accused his team of looking lackadaisical in its previous game against Kennesaw State.

3. Virginia continues to make a strong case that it's the third best team in the ACC behind only North Carolina and Duke. With a convincing 67-54 win at Oregon on Sunday, the Cavaliers are 9-1 with wins over Michigan, George Mason and the Ducks in addition to an inexplicable loss to TCU. The most any opponent has scored against Virginia's airtight defense this season? A mere 58 points.

4. Eight days after Kansas announced Tyshawn Taylor would miss three weeks due to knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, it appears the senior guard will be back in the lineup against Davidson on Monday night. Kansas coach Bill Self said Taylor participated in half-court drills during practice Saturday. "We'll wait and see if there's any swelling," Self told the Lawrence Journal-World. "But if there's not, there's no reason he can't play some tomorrow."

5. Seton Hall improved to 9-1 with an 80-77 overtime victory over Mercer on Sunday, but the question of how improved the Pirates actually are still remains unanswered. Although they boast a quality win over a vastly improved St. Joseph's team and a decent win against VCU, their lone loss is against Northwestern, the only other good team they've faced in the opening six weeks of the season.

Few games this season have featured a greater array of dunks than Saturday night's Holy War matchup between St. Joseph's and Villanova. The Hawks attacked the rim from all angles in their surprisingly one-sided 74-58 rout of the Wildcats, getting highlight-worthy dunks from a handful of different players including this alley-oop jam from center C.J. Aiken.

"I haven't seen a performance like that since Jason Kidd was in the then Pac-10." -- Washington coach Lorenzo Romar on South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters, who scored 34 points, dished out 7 assists and had zero turnovers in a 92-73 victory over the Huskies in Seattle. (Tacoma News Tribune)

• Belmont at Marshall, 7 p.m. EST

• Creighton at Tulsa, 8 p.m. EST

• Wyoming at Denver, 8 p.m. EST

• Davidson at Kansas, 9 p.m. EST

• UC Santa Barbara at Cal, 10:30 EST

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