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3-point shot: Huggins reaches milestone

1. Bob Huggins won his 700th career game when the Mountaineers knocked off Missouri State in overtime in Las Vegas on Thursday night. He is as much a character as there has been in college basketball, and truly a unique individual. But he is also a survivor -- literally after suffering a heart attack -- and of course through countless battles with an image issue and an administration at Cincinnati. Yet, Huggins continues to persevere, hopping from Kansas State for a year to his alma mater at West Virginia. His Final Four run two years ago was a justifiably climatic event. Huggins has been one of the more underrated game coaches throughout the past two-plus decades. He has been a winner wherever he walks the sideline. He is as independent as any coach has been in the profession. And the record win total is quite an accomplishment.

2. Georgetown swept two games from Memphis this season, a scheduling quirk with the Maui Invitational and a regularly-scheduled home game. But know this: John Thompson III thrives when there are lower expectations, while Memphis has had to deal with too much preseason hype and has not been able to win one of its high-profile games. The Hoyas are one of the surprises this season, and if this trend continues they will be a major factor to finish in the top three of the Big East. Memphis is headed for a fight for C-USA’s title after it was predicted to win in a walk.

3. Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has to take his NCAA-mandated three-game suspension beginning with the next three Big East games (at South Florida Dec. 28, St. John’s Dec. 31 and at Seton Hall Jan. 3). Associate head coach George Blaney will be the one standing in his place on the bench. But with the expectation within the program that assistant Kevin Ollie may be Calhoun’s replacement in the future it would be interesting to see Ollie given a chance to be the interim head coach to see how he handles game stress and situations.