January 24, 2011
• Texas assistant Russell Springmann was watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play last year when he suggested to his pregnant wife they name their soon-to-be-born son after his most famous recruit. She liked the idea so much that earlier this month she gave birth to "Durant Springmann," named after ex-Texas star Kevin Durant. "We figured we couldn't name our son after anyone better," Springmann told FoxSports.com.
• San Diego State may have a 20-0 record, newfound fan support and one of the better arenas on the West Coast, but in many ways the cash-strapped Aztecs are still one of the have-nots among major college basketball teams. They don't charter flights to midweek road games, they don't have a true practice facility, their coaching staff is underpaid and their budget for guarantee games is far less than their peers.
• ESPN commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of 10 members of the Oklahoma State basketball family with this excellent Outside the Lines piece on Sunday. In the piece, ESPN analyst and ex-Oklahoma State player Doug Gottlieb speculates that Eddie Sutton's alcohol abuse relapse may have stemmed from not properly grieving over the lives lost in that incident.
• After a 78-46 home loss to Wisconsin that left Northwestern light years from contention for an NCAA tournament berth, even Wildcats coach Bill Carmody was at a loss for what to say to his team. "I'll try to figure it out between (the interview room) and the locker room," Carmody told reporters, "because this is rough - especially because it came at home. And the competitiveness, I didn't see it."
• A pair of road victories from the Horizon League's two Wisconsin-based programs on Sunday will end up hindering the conference's case to earn multiple NCAA tournament bids. Milwaukee handed host Butler its third league loss of the season, while Green Bay knocked Valparaiso into a tie for first place in the standings with Cleveland State.
• Baylor got its best win of the season over Oklahoma State on Saturday and Kansas State was competitive in a loss at Texas A&M, so it will be interesting to see whether either team can build on those performances when they meet on Monday. "We just need a win," senior guard Jacob Pullen told the Kansas City Star. "Big Monday, Big Tuesday, Big Saturday, it doesn't matter anymore. We've just got to find a way to get a win."
• Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon is unlikely to play in either of Memphis' games this week against Central Florida or Marshall as a result of lingering soreness in his right knee. Maybe that's not the worst news for the Tigers considering they're 3-0 in the games he's missed this month including wins over Southern Miss and UAB.
• Purdue fans who want to relive last week's thrilling 63-62 victory over Penn State can do so via a time lapse video shot by photographer Andrew Hancock and his student assistant Kevin Daly. More than 10,000 photographs were taken with six different cameras throughout the evening, with about 5,000 of those images making the actual video.