1. One of the last teams to miss the NCAA tournament each of the past three years, Virginia Tech finds itself back on the bubble in late February again this season. The Hokies do have an opportunity to play their way into the field on Saturday if they can earn a marquee victory at home against top-ranked Duke.
2. How beloved is Tom Fell, the Georgia student who dresses like the movie boxer Rocky and thrills Bulldogs fans by running the stairs to the top of Stegeman Coliseum? Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity had to apologize to fans for benching Fell last week against Vanderbilt because the school sold his time slot to an insurance company for an in-event advertisement.
3. It's fitting that UCLA's final home game in soon-to-be-renovated Pauley Pavilion will be a battle for supremacy in the Pac-10 with traditional rival Arizona. The first-place Wildcats lead the surging Bruins by just a game with three conference matchups left for both teams.
4. I could not agree more with SportingNews.com's Mike DeCourcy on his take on the two-year probation Cal received for making excessive phone calls to recruits. As DeCourcy wrote, if squeaky clean Mike Montgomery and his staff got caught breaking this rule, that's sign that either the rule needs to be abolished or the NCAA should be enforcing it differently.
5. Instead of suspending Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy for his meltdown at the referees earlier this season, Conference USA reprimanded him by issuing a statement calling the behavior unacceptable. ESPN.com's Andy Katz correctly notes that a stronger penalty might have helped avoid a similar blowup from UTEP coach Tim Floyd earlier this week.