1. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith refuted talk that he plans to leave for Georgia Tech this offseason after the Gophers lost at home to Penn State on Sunday to finish the Big Ten season at a disappointing 6-12. "Why would I be interested in that job?" Smith told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I'm not going anywhere. My wife likes it here, I like it here, and I'm going to finish my career here."
2. One reason to root for Memphis to salvage its season by winning this week's Conference USA tournament: The presence of senior Will Coleman. Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal describes what a terrific ambassador for the Tigers program the 6-foot-9 big man has been the past four years.
3. Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger uncovered an intriguing, inexplicable anomaly: 18 players have surpassed the 2,000-point plateau for their careers this season. In an age of NBA prospects leaving school after a year or two, this is by far the most in two decades to achieve that milestone in a single season.
4. An inflammatory pregame tweet from George Mason's Andre Cornelius found its way onto VCU's locker room wall on Sunday, perhaps giving the Rams some extra incentive to upset the Patriots in the CAA semifinals. "You just don't do that," VCU center Jamie Skeen said. "You would think guys learn, when they get to college that anybody can beat anybody."
5. Five writers who cover the Pac-10 offered their thoughts on the now-completed regular season, the upcoming conference tournament and the player of the year race. My lone quibble? While I respect the job that Cal coach Mike Montgomery has done in keeping the Bears competitive despite heavy losses to graduation, I'm surprised four of five writers would take him as coach of the year over Arizona's Sean Miller.
There were probably a handful of better dunks this weekend than this one-handed transition slam from Syracuse's C.J. Fair, but it's safe to assume none of them inspired quite as enthusiastic a play-by-play call. The color analyst you hear in the background is none other than former Chicago Bulls role player Dickey Simpkins.
"You can call me a liar because I'm going to say I called it. I'm not going to put it on one of my players. I've got to do a better job in timeouts of making sure it's really clear to our guys that we don't have any." -- San Francisco coach Rex Walters on his team calling a Chris Webber-esque timeout late in Sunday's WCC semifinal loss to Gonzaga. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• CAA title game: VCU vs Old Dominion, 7 p.m. ET
• MAAC title game: Iona vs. St. Peters, 7 p.m. ET
• WCC title game: Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary's, 9 p.m. ET
- Tubby Smith