3-point shot: East Regional in MSG?

1. The NCAA men’s basketball selection committee must figure out a way to get the East Regional to New York either at Madison Square Garden or Barclays Arena for 2013. The NCAA hasn’t decided yet for the 75th edition. The issue is whether the Knicks, Rangers and everything else can stay out of MSG for essentially two six-day periods in a three-week span (Big East tournament and then NCAA regional two weeks later)?

2. Kentucky coach John Calipari stumped me for a moment when he quizzed me about the last No. 1 team to win the national title. It was late. And I wasn’t quick on my feet. But the answer was Florida in 2007, which dealt with similar pressure that Kentucky had to throughout this season. The Gators returned from winning the championship and dealt with the target all season and then again in the NCAA tournament before winning the title for a second time.

3. Big East meetings will occur next month and the conference office said Syracuse and Pitt won’t be in attendance. Neither school is invited since they’re leaving for the ACC either in 2013 or 2014. But what if there are agenda items for this upcoming season? Shouldn’t Pitt and Syracuse be there to deal with those points? Of course, it makes sense not to include them on any long-term plans. Still, this is yet another example of awkward alignment issues.