3-point shot: Rivers given green light

1. If Duke needed any indication of who the go-to guy was on the team then the Blue Devils got the answer Wednesday night at North Carolina. There was some question whether or not it was Austin Rivers. Well, associate head coach Chris Collins confirmed that there is no more hesitation. If the Blue Devils need a late-game bucket then there will no longer be any hesitation -- Rivers has the green light.

2. NC State coach Mark Gottfried landed three McDonald’s All-Americans in his first full season recruiting for the Wolfpack. The announcements were made Thursday night with point guard Tyler Lewis (Oak Hill Academy, Va.), shooting guard Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian Academy, N.C.), and small forward T.J. Warren (Brewster Academy, N.H.) all making the squad. Gottfried said Thursday night he was excited and proud of nabbing three. He added he’d like a fourth. There are five undecided players on the list.

3. Baylor coach Scott Drew said he’s hoping the Bears will learn from being punched in the mouth by Kansas at home. He said the Bears are upset by the performance. He is rationalizing the Bears, saying they don’t have a bad loss this season. But they need to be better prepared when facing similar teams in the NCAA tournament. The Bears could end up getting swept by Kansas and Missouri if the Tigers beat the Bears in Columbia Saturday.