1. Remember when Michigan's biggest concern was who would replace Darius Morris at point guard after the Lakers rookie left early for the NBA last spring? Any anxiety has now been alleviated thanks to the play of precocious freshman Trey Burke, who continued his strong season with a 27-point performance in a 61-56 win over Minnesota on Sunday. "He's not fazed by anything," sophomore forward Jordan Morgan told the Detroit Free Press.
2. Memphis point guard Joe Jackson will return to the team after taking a few days to consider a transfer, CBSSports.com reported Sunday. That's a wise choice from a kid who has struggled with consistency during Memphis' 8-5 start. Jackson, a highly touted recruit in 2010, sat out Saturday's victory over Charlotte and went scoreless in 21 minutes in the Tigers' previous win over Robert Morris.
3. If Towson is going to avoid eclipsing the Division I futility streak set by Sacramento State when it lost 34 straight games from 1997 to 1999, the Tigers' best shot is likely a win over visiting Northeastern (4-7) on Monday night. The Tigers (0-13) lost their 32nd straight game 57-50 at Virginia on Friday night and travel to Colonial Athletic Association contenders Old Dominion and Drexel later this week
4. It is becoming harder and harder to envision Villanova making the NCAA tournament with the Wildcats off to their worst start in Jay Wright's 11 years as coach. Marquette earned a bounce-back 81-77 victory on Sunday at the Wildcats' expense, dropping them to 7-7 overall in 0-2 in Big East play. "It's just the consistency of playing every possession that this team has to learn," coach Jay Wright said afterward. "We don't have that yet, but I think we'll get it. I do."
5. Just how bad Utah is continues to be a source of fascination this season. The woeful Utes lost their Pac-12 opener to Colorado 73-33 on Saturday night, meaning they somehow are 40 points worse than a team picked to finish second-to-last in the conference's preseason poll. "Embarrassing's a good word," first-year coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Salt Lake Tribune. Well, there's something we can all agree on.