1. Organizers for the Carrier Classic and the U.S. Navy will make a Thursday night call if the North Carolina-Michigan State game has to be moved to the hanger below the top deck due to weather. The forecast for Friday in San Diego calls for a high of 65 with a 30 percent chance of showers. The two teams will practice on top of the deck Thursday afternoon where it is expected to be 72 and sunny.
2. Missouri coach Frank Haith said he will play like Villanova this season after the season-ending injury to forward Laurence Bowers. Haith said he will play four guards -- Kim English, Marcus Denmon, Phil Pressey and Matt Pressey -- with Ricardo Ratliffe inside. His first player off the bench will be guard Michael Dixon. Haith said he’s confident the Tigers will be difficult to guard.
3. Connecticut is still anxiously awaiting an update on freshman guard Ryan Boatright’s eligibility. Boatright is eligible to practice but not play in games while the NCAA is looking into a plane ticket he received while playing AAU basketball. UConn assistant coach Kevin Ollie said Boatright is a must to spell Shabazz Napier at the point. Boatright is the most vocal of any Huskie as UConn searches for a voice to replace Kemba Walker. Boatright could also be the most productive player off the bench.