1. If Providence is pointing toward next season as its breakout year under Ed Cooley, then comments by Ricardo Ledo this weekend appear to put that in jeopardy. Ledo, a highly touted freshman sitting out this season as a partial qualifier, told the Providence Journal his "status is unclear" because he is considering entering the NBA Draft. Said Ledo, "I'm looking at every option."
2. The great week Villanova had upsetting Syracuse and Louisville is looking more like an aberration than the start of an upward trend. The Wildcats dropped back-to-back games since then, falling 65-50 at Notre Dame on Wednesday and 55-52 at home to Providence on Sunday afternoon. At 13-9 overall and 4-5 in Big East play, Villanova will need a surge in February to reach the NCAA tournament despite its marquee wins.
3. Even though this year's Northern Illinois team is probably destined to be remembered for scoring only four points in the first half last month, the Huskies have managed to stay positive since that debacle. Northern Illinois upset Kent State last week before falling to Toledo by five on Saturday. In between those games, John Feinstein of the Washington Post spoke to Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery and wrote a nice piece on the team's ability to bounce back.
4. Virginia's NCAA tournament hopes rest on winning enough ACC games to make up for some horrible non-conference losses, so the Cavaliers' 66-60 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday was very damaging. They led 57-48 with 8:12 remaining yet scored just three more points the entire game, enabling the Yellow Jackets to steal a victory with a game-ending 18-3 run. The loss snap's Virginia's four-game win streak and relegates the Cavaliers to a third-place tie with North Carolina in the ACC.
5. The only surprising aspect of the month-old website devoted to getting Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik fired is that it took Wake Forest fans so long to create one. Bzelik, under immense pressure after back-to-back last-place ACC finishes, has fared only slightly better in his third season in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons lost by 26 at Maryland on Saturday to fall to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in ACC play.
Murray State's Isaiah Canaan isn't the only player who can sink a half-court shot from his knees in a real game. Rush-Henrietta point guard Daniel "Bay" Barley hit one at the buzzer on Saturday to give his team a 57-54 victory over Greece Athena in a matchup of New York high schools. Amazing shot, even if Barley does get away with traveling.
"We don't have a point guard." -- Kansas coach Bill Self after benching Elijah Johnson in favor of seldom-used Andrew White III late in his team's loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday. Johnson had eight points on 3 of 14 shooting to go with five turnovers. Added Self, "It’s sad. We were definitely a better team with (Johnson) sitting down." (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• Oklahoma at Iowa State, 7 p.m. EST
• Notre Dame at Syracuse, 7 p.m. EST
• Seton Hall at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. EST
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