1. It's time to take Colorado seriously as a Pac-12 contender. The Buffs followed up their upset of Baylor in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic by pulling out an 81-74 win in the title game over a Murray State team good enough to contend for an at-large NCAA tournament bid again this year. "There's nobody in the country we can't compete against and win," tournament MVP Askia Booker told the Boulder Daily Camera, and who's going to argue with him right now?
2. Tuesday's Legends Classic semifinal between top-ranked Indiana and woeful Georgia will probably only be interesting for one reason: Bob Knight is calling the game for ESPN. It marks the first time the legendary former Indiana coach has called a Hoosiers game since he retired at Texas Tech to become a TV analyst, and it will be a huge letdown if he doesn't have at least one YouTube-worthy moment on the broadcast.
3. If Stanford truly is going to make its first NCAA tournament appearance under Johnny Dawkins this March, it cannot be dropping home games to mid-majors — not even one as well-coached and experienced as Belmont. Dwight Powell fouled out in seven minutes and Belmont's guards smothered the Stanford backcourt of Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright, enabling the Bruins to leave Maples Pavilion with a 70-62 win on Sunday night.
4. New York mid-major that's exceeding expectations: Hofstra. The Pride won three games in three days this weekend at its own tournament, upsetting South Dakota State 66-63, pounding Division II District Columbia 74-59 and surviving double overtime to take down Conference USA contender Marshall 103-100. That's pretty good for a team expected to finish near the bottom of the CAA entering the season.
5. New York mid-major that has fallen short of expectations: Siena. The Saints lost two games in three days at the NUCDF Challenge in San Diego this weekend, sandwiching losses to Cal State Northridge and the host Torreros around a narrow win over a Northern Kentucky team that is new to Division I. "We're not as good as we thought we were," said senior O.D. Anosike. That doesn't bode well for coach Mitch Buonaguro, who has to be feeling some pressure to win after two straight losing seasons.
The buzzer beater of the weekend occurred around 2:15 a.m. EST early Saturday morning in a game only insomniacs with satellite cable could watch. Illinois D.J. Richardson buried this corner 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Illini a 78-77 win over Hawaii and rescuing them from what would have been a bad loss in a tune-up game for this week's Maui Invitational.
"I don't like that team one bit...it was kinda bad blood. One of the players didn't shake my hand." — UConn point guard Shabazz Napier after the Huskies' double overtime win over in-state foe Quinnipiac at the Paradise Jam. Surely it's not possible there will be a rivalry between UConn and Quinnipiac in the future, right? (Connecticut Post)
• Butler vs. Marquette, 3 p.m. EST
• Indiana vs. Georgia, 5:30 p.m. EST
• Texas A&M vs. Saint Louis, 7:30 pm. EST
• UCLA vs. Georgetown, 8:30 p.m. EST
• Long Beach State at Arizona, 9 p.m. EST
• USC vs. Illinois, 12 a.m. EST
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