1. Buzz Williams isn't buying that his second-half technical swung the momentum during Marquette's 63-55 loss to Georgetown on Monday night even though the Hoyas unleashed an 8-1 run afterward to extend a three-point lead to 10. Williams received the technical for arguing an out-of-bounds call. "I was trying to get my average up on technicals," Williams said dryly. "This is my 162nd game in the Big East and I'm averaging one every 50 games." Technically it's more like one every 30 games or so, but point made coach.
2. Between injuries and transfers, Mississippi State already has suffered plenty of roster attrition, so it's understandable first-year coach Rick Ray wasn't happy about having to suspend one of his veteran players. Junior guard Jalen Steele will sit indefinitely as a result of a team rules violation that Ray has deemed a "selfish act." Said Ray to the Clarion Ledger, "I think more than anything you’re screwing your team and you’re screwing your teammates when you get into trouble like that."
3. An abdominal injury Andrew Smith suffered at George Washington on Saturday will likely keep Butler's starting center out for the team's next two Atlantic 10 games. The Bulldogs have a home game against Charlotte on Wednesday before visiting last-place Fordham on Saturday. Though Butler could go to a smaller lineup with three guards and forward Khyle Marshall in the middle, the more likely scenario Butler would be 6-foot-9 Kameron Woods filling in for Smith at center.
4. The return of Oregon starting point guard Dominic Artis still doesn't appear to be imminent. According to The Oregonian's Adam Jude, Artis was still in a boot at practice on Monday and is unlikely to play Wednesday at Washington. Oregon has lost three of five games without Artis, falling into a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with Arizona and UCLA.
5. Plenty has been written about Jeff Withey's rise from seldom-used backup to one of the elite centers in the nation, but this superb account in the Lawrence Journal-World is still worth a read. Writer Jesse Newell details how the Kansas 7-footer regained his love for basketball thanks to a challenge from Bill Self and how he came to better appreciate the love of his grandmother just days before her death.
One of the weirdest shots of the 2012-13 season so far took place in a girl's high school basketball game in Colorado this past weekend. Lewis Palmer High School's Anna Olson tried a full-court heave just before the third quarter buzzer that falls about 10 feet short yet somehow bounces off the floor, off the glass and into the basket for three points, much to the amusement and delight of her and her teammates.
"Dean Smith could remember everything and everybody. And now he can't. He has good days and bad days. But his good days aren't very good." -- Former North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge on the health of Dean Smith, who is suffering from what his family called "progressive neurocognitive disorder," in a letter to the public in July 2010 (USA Today)
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