1. Northwestern is fairly confident that it has the depth to absorb the loss of season-long suspended junior guard JerShon Cobb. NU coach Bill Carmody said he will lean on Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire, Nikola Cerina and freshmen Sanjay Lumpkin and Kale Abrahamson to fill the void left by Cobb. “All must guard and make shots,’’ said Carmody. The Wildcats are still projected as a possible bubble team, even with the loss of Cobb.
2. Washington State’s decision to dismiss Reggie Moore from the team Monday was yet another example of a player blowing an opportunity to finish up a career. Last spring, Maryland did the same to Terrell Stoglin. The Cougars, who played in the CBI final series against Pitt in the spring, couldn’t afford to have any more distractions as they try to stay with the upper half of the Pac-12. Moore’s dismissal for the season is on the heels of a number of notable players who won’t be able to participate this season (Cobb, Harvard’s Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey, Xavier’s Dez Wells before transferring to Maryland, likely indefinitely suspended Bubu Palo of Iowa State and possibly four players at LIU-Brooklyn).
3. The recruitment of the Harrison twins should be one of the more intriguing to watch in the coming weeks or months. Aaron and Andrew Harrison are down to Maryland, Kentucky and SMU. The likely choice would be for the Richmond, Texas, twins to decide between Maryland and Kentucky. The decision for the pair of perimeter players, though, would likely alter the fortunes of two programs -- Maryland and for sure SMU -- while simply enhancing a machine in Kentucky. The Harrison twins apparently aren’t going to go to a Midnight Madness event after conflicting reports arose that they were going to Maryland at one point and then Kentucky. They don’t have to show up at a show. They know they are the coveted pair in this class. Picking Kentucky means the Wildcats continue to stock pile. Choosing Maryland would be a way to elevate Mark Turgeon’s program. Selecting SMU would be a program-changing moment.