1. Louisville's midseason free fall reached new depths Tuesday night when the Cardinals lost for the fourth time in five games, falling to Providence 90-59. The most alarming part was the lack of fight the Cardinals showed after absorbing the Friars' best punch to the jaw in the first half. They got overanxious with quick shots on offense, they lost concentration on defense and they essentially stopped giving maximum effort by the second half. "It's always that one game a year that you just can't explain," Rick Pitino said afterward. The Cardinals better hope this was it.
2. Winless Chicago State (0-16) was more than halfway to easily the biggest upset of the college basketball season before sleepwalking San Diego State woke up just enough to restore order. The Aztecs erased a 39-32 second-half deficit and escaped with a 73-65 victory Tuesday night, not exactly a confidence-building result heading into the biggest game of their season thus far on Saturday against UNLV.
3. Star-crossed Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg may have a stress-free Selection Sunday this March ... but it probably won't be the way he'd want. After an underwhelming non-conference season featuring few impact wins, the Hokies are off to an 0-2 start in ACC play for the first time since 2006. They fell at Wake Forest last week and 63-59 at home to Florida State on Tuesday night.
4. Jarnell Stokes practiced with Tennessee for the first time on Tuesday, but coach Cuonzo Martin doesn't expect to the highly touted 6-foot-10 freshman to make his debut this week. Stokes hasn't played 5-on-5 organized basketball since an August AAU tournament after being declared ineligible to play high school basketball as a senior. It's understandable he and Tennessee are eager for him to play, but at this point all parties might benefit from him not wasting a year of eligibility playing six to eight weeks during a rebuilding season.
5. Attendance may be sparse for Wisconsin's home game against Nebraska on Sunday. Despite the school's best efforts to move the 5 p.m. tipoff, the game will begin 90 minutes after the Green Bay Packers kick off against the New York Giants in the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. "Changing the time of our game would have affected the travel, timing and schedules of up to half the schools in our conference, either on the men's or women's side," Wisconsin associate athletic director Justin Doherty said.
Why is Providence excited about Class of 2012 signee Kris Dunn? Well, this highlight video might help explain it. The Connecticut native, Rivals.com's No. 10 player in the Class of 2012, had 32 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in this game and showed off both his vision and his athleticism with some highlight-worthy no-look passes and dunks.
"I hope they're not sexting like Brett Favre." — Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus on his program's social media policy and his lack of knowledge regarding Twitter and Facebook. Majerus says he's capable of receiving text messages, but that's the closest he's come to mastering social media. (CBSSports.com)
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