1. Baylor coach Scott Drew had no idea how much it would mean to him to schedule a road game at Northwestern. He was searching for another quality series. Yet, the game turned out to be a win-win. The Bears squashed the Wildcats. But more important, Drew got the chance to go home to visit with his mother, Janet, who just had her first round of chemotherapy after undergoing major bladder cancer surgery in October. Drew stayed at his parents’ house Sunday night. Bryce, his brother and head coach of Valparaiso, and his father, Homer, who was the former Valpo coach and is still recovering from prostate cancer, as well as his sister Dana Shaw, were at the NU game in Evanston. Scott Drew said the quality time he spent with his mother, and then continuing a Drew family tradition of ping pong with Bryce and Homer on Monday morning made the extended road trip even more special.
2. Harvard’s timing is impeccable. The Crimson became ranked No. 24 in the Coaches’ poll and 25 in the AP poll the week that they play Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion Thursday night on ESPN2. The rankings were the first by the Crimson in the school’s history. Harvard is undefeated and has the look of an NCAA tournament team. The Crimson should win the Ivy League. “I’m very proud and thrilled for our team and program,’’ Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said Monday night. “What a moment for Harvard and Harvard basketball.’’
3. Xavier’s Tu Holloway has been this season’s Kemba Walker. Holloway isn’t shooting as effectively over the course of 40 minutes, but his timely shooting led to a comeback road win at Vanderbilt and a turnaround home win over Purdue. Holloway was 6-of-20 from the field in the win over Vanderbilt. Holloway is actually shooting a higher percentage (50) on 3s than he is on two-point baskets (41.8). “He’s got to be more consistent,’’ Xavier coach Chris Mack said. “He can’t just turn it on at the end. He knows that.’’