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Breakfast Buffet: UCSB hands UNLV its second straight loss

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Pull up a chair and sit down at the breakfast buffet, an assortment of all the freshest newsworthy college hoops stories on the net. To make a submission, contact me via email or Twitter.

• One glance at the box score from UNLV's 68-62 loss to UC Santa Barbara pretty much tells the story of why the Rebels have lost two straight after an impressive 9-0 start. UNLV forced 25 turnovers and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds, but the Rebels simply couldn't shoot against UCSB's matchup zone, hitting just 29 percent of their shots from the field and missing 23 of 29 threes.

• Credit UCSB, however, for taking advantage of UNLV's poor shooting behind 23 points from James Nunnally and 12 apiece from Orlando Johnson and Jaime Serna. It was disappointing when the defending Big West champion Gauchos dropped a pair of two-point games to Oregon and North Dakota State to open the season, but they've redeemed themselves by winning four of five.

• It's rare for a win to be as discouraging as a loss, but Wake Forest's 69-67 squeaker over UNC Greensboro only cemented how much the Demon Deacons are going to struggle in ACC play this season. Not only is UNC Greensboro 0-9, the Spartans also had yet to lose by any less than 12 points this season including a trio of losses to ACC teams by more than 20 points apiece.

Montana's 71-66 victory over Oregon State improved the Grizzlies' record to 2-0 against the struggling Pac-10 this season and continued the Beavers' trend of futility against small-conference programs. The lone bright spot for the visiting Beavers was that Roberto Nelson had 13 points in 17 minutes in his second college game, raising the question of why Craig Robinson didn't play him more.

Missouri had better hope that freshman Phil Pressey is ready to make an impact in extended playing time. The Tigers indefinitely suspended starting point guard Michael Dixon for undisclosed reasons on Wednesday, meaning that Pressey will definitely be the starter against Oral Roberts on Thursday night and perhaps against Illinois later this month.

• Former top-100 recruit T.J. Taylor is leaving Oklahoma without ever playing in a game and plans to resurface at a junior college. "T.J. is dealing with some things personal in nature and he informed me today that he is leaving our program," coach Jeff Capel said in a statement. "We wish circumstances were such that T.J. could remain with us, but we are certainly sensitive to his situation. We wish him the best."

• All of Fab Melo's early season struggles can't be attributed to injury, but the Syracuse freshman says that a torn calf muscle that is currently preventing him from practicing certainly isn't helping. "It's been there for like two weeks," Melo told the Post-Standard. "I thought it was my Achilles, but it hurts [in] the whole area."

• A handful of coaches are among the nominees for a United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards, which recognizes those whose contributions in their communities exemplify and demonstrate the word "positive." John Calipari and Bill Self cracked the list, as did South Dakota's Scott Nagy and Tennessee Tech's Mike Sutton.

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