1. One of the sleeper games that won’t get much publicity during the ACC-Big Ten Challenge is Maryland at Northwestern. The Terps have only one loss (to Kentucky in Brooklyn in the opener) while Northwestern is undefeated after winning the tournament in South Padre Island with an overtime win against Illinois State. What does Maryland have to do? “Guard their Princeton offense, get to the shooters and take care of the ball while executing in the halfcourt,’’ said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. As for the Wildcats, who will likely once again be on the bubble in March for the ever-elusive bid, “We must not get outrebounded by more than 10, we must make shots, and [Drew] Crawford has to play well,’’ said Northwestern coach Bill Carmody.
2. The Battle 4 Atlantis was clearly the best tournament this November. But it’s hard to project these fields. The Gazelle Group, which runs the Legends tournament, had no idea when they locked in Indiana that the Hoosiers would be No. 1. The Old Spice Classic looked much better with Vanderbilt and West Virginia and Gonzaga, but the former two are going through rebuilding seasons. Maui had only one ranked team -- North Carolina -- a rarity for that event. These events will go through different stages. In 2014, Orlando’s Old Spice Classic will have marquee teams Kansas, Michigan State and Marquette, which may make that event the top in ’14.
3. Pitt has suspended Trey Zeigler indefinitely for a DUI Sunday. That’s a shame. Zeigler said last week in New York, while recovering from a hamstring injury, that he was hoping to play the way he projected and be much more aggressive offensively. But Zeigler should have been on his best behavior even more since he received a waiver to play this season when he pleaded that he was due the hardship because his father, Ernie, was fired at Central Michigan. Zeigler got a break to get immediate eligibility without sitting out a year. And then he gets a DUI and is suspended? Zeigler will need to apologize to more than his teammates, staff and family. He should also make sure he tells the compliance department and administration that pushed his waiver that he is truly sorry for his transgression.