1. Bob Huggins scoffed at preseason Big 12 projections that had his team sixth, so the West Virginia coach obviously is not pleased with his team now that sixth appears generous. In the aftermath of his team's 79-52 loss at Purdue to fall to 8-9 overall, Huggins ripped his team's lack of effort. "I want to apologize to our fans, apologize to the people in the state of West Virginia," he told West Virginia Illustrated. This is totally unacceptable. This is not what we're supposed to represent and hopefully they have enough faith in me that I will fix it."
2. North Carolina received some welcome news on the recruiting trail Monday when it secured a commitment from point guard Joel Berry, a Florida native and Rivals.com's No. 22 player in the Class of 2014. Between current freshman Marcus Paige, Class of 2013 standout Nate Britt and Berry, the Tar Heels should have an abundance of talent and depth at the point guard position for the foreseeable future.
3. Detroit's starting lineup may be the most talented in the Horizon League, but the Titans don't look capable of winning a conference title. Wright State handed Detroit its second home loss in five days, opening a 12-point lead in the opening six minutes and leading wire to wire for a 64-62 victory. The Titans are now two games behind both Valparaiso and Wright State in the loss column, and they still have to play both on the road.
4. Rick Barnes is 14-for-14 making the NCAA tournament at Texas, but it isn't happening this year — and it's not just because of Myck Kabongo's 23-game suspension for NCAA rules violations either. The Horns lost 73-67 at Oklahoma on Monday night to fall to 0-5 in the Big 12 for the first time since the inception of the conference, Worse yet, Jonathan Holmes, the Longhorns’ leading rebounder, broke a bone in his right hand late in the first half and is out indefinitely.
5. Unable to attend classes at Harvard this school year as a result of being implicated in a cheating scandal during the offseason, seniors Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry are staying busy. Casey, an all-conference big man, is working for a nonprofit that conducts after-school programs for children in third, fourth and fifth grade. Curry is selling life insurance. Both hope to return to Harvard next school year to earn their degrees and play their final season with the basketball program.
Aaron Gordon's Arch Bishop Mitty team was no match for Utah power Lone Peak High School at the Spalding HoopHall Classic on Monday afternoon, but the five-star recruit did come away with a memorable consolation prize: A SportsCenter-worthy alley-oop slam. Gordon, a powerfully built 6-foot-9 senior forward and the brother of former New Mexico standout Drew Gordon, will choose between Arizona, Washington and Kentucky this spring.
"I can’t cook. But if I believed in my cooking like Michael Carter-Williams does, I would win the show Iron Chef.' I’d win and I can’t boil water." -- Jim Boeheim on the late-game heroics of his starting point guard. Carter-Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half including a game-tying step-back 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining as Syracuse rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to escape with a victory over Cincinnati. (The Daily Orange)
• Iowa at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. EST
• Pittsburgh at Providence, 7 p.m. EST
• Michigan State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. EST
• Louisville at Villanova, 7 p.m. EST
• Kansas at Kansas State, 8 p.m. EST
• Kentucky at Alabama, 9 p.m. EST