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• You're probably not one of the 37 people nationwide who receive the CBS College Sports Network, but even if you are and you tried to tune into the UNLV-New Mexico first-place showdown Wednesday night, you were probably a little peeved. The network stuck with a women's game between TCU and Utah for, count them, four overtimes, meaning viewers missed the entire first half of the Lobos' victory over theRebels.

• As for the game itself, UNLV, maybe a little satisfied with itself after clobbering BYU on Saturday night, fell behind by as many as 18 in the second half, getting clobbered on the glass 45-23 and giving up a handful of key offensive boards down the strech. So, Tre'Von Willis, how did New Mexico come into Vegas and win? "Because they out-hustled us," he said in a humbled tone.

• Either Dayton is finally emerging from its midseason mini-slump, or Atlantic 10-leading Charlotte may not be as good as its 8-1 conference record suggested. The preseason league favorite Flyers took another step toward toward the NCAA tournament and sent the 49ers tumbling toward the bubble, hammering them, 75-47, just a few days after also beating Xavier.

• Staying in the Atlantic 10, here comes Richmond. On the heels of an upset of Temple, the Spiders survived on the road at Rhode Island on Wednesday night, eking out a 69-67 victory to move into a first-place tie with Xavier, Temple and Charlotte. Rhode Island's No. 14 RPI should keep the Rams solidly in the NCAA tournament picture for now, but they would be wise not too lose too many more down the stretch.

• For once, the West Coast is the center of the college basketball world tonight as the fate of two conference races could be determined. Saint Mary's needs a win in Spokane to overtake the Zags in the WCC and all but lock up an NCAA tournament berth, while Washington's only hope of staying in the Pac-10 race is to win at Cal and finally end its 0-for-7 road jinx.

• That margin for error Florida earned with a 6-3 start to SEC play? Yeah, that's gone after a deflating 77-71 loss at fringe bubble team South Carolina in which the Gators somehow went 10 of 23 from the free throw line. Three of Florida's last six are against Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Kentucky, so the Gators (17-7, 6-4) are probably going to have to spring at least one upset to feel confident about their at-large chances.

UConn and Syracuse both debuted new Nike jerseys similar to the ones Texas unveiled against Kansas on Monday night. Reviews were positive, though Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku wasn't a huge fan of his team's orange warm-ups, saying "You know when you go to jail and they put you in the inmate uniforms? That's what they look like." I'm sure Nike will be thrilled.

• It's a little too early to label the Isiah Thomas era a failure at Florida International, but this lengthy but well-crafted piece from the Miami New Times certainly paints a dark picture. Aside from the team's 7-19 record, the most damning evidence is the lack of fan or alumni support -- with empty seats outnumbering fans by a 50-1 ratio at a recent game.

• You want to know why Alcorn State is one of college basketball's two winless teams? Well, I can't answer that, but I will say this is probably part of the problem. Forward Michael Starks has played 338 minutes this season for 0-24 Alcorn State, yet he has not registered a single assist. Not one!

• Just when everyone thought Clemson was about to fade out of the NCAA tournament picture with its trademark February swoon, the Tigers came up with a crucial ACC win over Florida State to even their league record at a respectable 5-5. The Seminoles fall back to 5-5 in the increasingly jumbled ACC, meaning they too need to find some urgency in the last few weeks of the regular season.

• As the rest of the city celebrates the Saints' Super Bowl victory and the impending start of Mardi Gras, those affiliated with University of New Orleans athletics are finding it a bit of a hollow celebration. Hampered by budget cuts and a steady post-Katrina enrollment decline, the school will drop from Division I to Division III in two years, a move the former athletic director contends is akin to giving up on sports.

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