1. Even with four players serving post-brawl suspensions, Cincinnati still cruised to a trouble-free 78-58 victory over Wright State on Wednesday. The undersized Bearcats started four guards and looked quicker at times without Yancy Gates in the middle. "Everybody was waiting on us to explode and have a mental breakdown," point guard Cashmere Wright told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We wanted to show everybody that we're regular human beings."
2. My favorite details in this excellent profile of Virginia center Assane Sene are what aspects of American culture the Senegalese 7-footer enjoys most. Among Sene's favorites: Taylor Swift, burritos and football. "When I first came down to visit UVA, they were playing Pittsburgh. They beat them so bad, and the crowd… it was so nice, I was really excited to be here. At that time, I was like 'Wow, if I go to UVA, I will definitely go to a football game.'"
3. Purdue coach Matt Painter blamed referees for failing to take control of Saturday's Xavier-Cincinnati game, noting that something similar happened in his team's loss to the Musketeers. "They talk a lot," Painter told WFNI-AM Tuesday. "That was one of the first things we talked about in the scouting report was don't get caught up in that. In the game, I'm talking to officials about their guys coming running on the court and (bumping into, pushing) our guys coming off a time out and the referees look at me like I'm crazy. I go back and watch the film, and it's easy to see."
4. Travis Wear didn't play in UCLA's win over Eastern Washington because of a skin infection in his left foot. David Wear got undercut on his way to the rim late in the first half and fell hard enough that he had to leave the game. The result was Ben Howland had no choice but to finally give extended playing time to reserve big man Anthony Stover, whose defensive presence in 18 minutes was a big factor in the victory.
5. How loud was Indiana's crowd during Saturday's breakthrough win against Kentucky? Tom Crean told the Louisville Courier Journal that the decibel level was recorded at 115. "About the same as having a chain saw two feet from your ear," he said. U.S. Government OSHA guidelines suggest that the recommended exposure to noise at 115 decibels or above is 15 minutes or less per day.
Another lackluster slate of games on Wednesday night did at least provide one true buzzer beater. Excuse the poor video quality, but this is Princeton's Mack Darrow sinking a game-wining three at the buzzer to lift the Tigers to a 72-71 overtime victory at Rider. It was Darrow's lone field goal of the game, and it helped his team avoid a humiliating loss to a Broncos team that now is 1-10.
"I was tired. Taking two weeks off is killer. I tried to do some stuff like the underwater treadmill, and I tried to get my wind back. But obviously today I was very, very out of shape." — Ohio State star Jared Sullinger on returning from back spasms Wednesday night against South Carolina-Upstate. Sullinger had 12 points and 10 boards in 25 pain-free minutes off the bench. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• It's another great night to do some holiday shopping because finals week has sapped the life out of college basketball. Tonight's best game? Sadly it's likely Oral Roberts at Gonzaga.