3-point shot: Cardinal need momentum

1. This is a huge week for Stanford. The Cardinal are looking for momentum as they start Pac-12 play since they failed to pick up quality wins in games against Missouri and Minnesota in the Battle 4 Atlantis and since they lost a home game to Belmont. The Cardinal are at NC State Tuesday and at Northwestern Friday. Stanford, which won the NIT, is 7-3. "Our effort and defense has been consistent," said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins. "It has allowed us to be very competitive. We need to improve our field percentage (39.8 for 294th overall in Division I)." The Cardinal can’t afford to leave everything to Pac-12 play. The resume needs something from the pre-conference slate.

2. Creighton’s Doug McDermott has been sensational so far this season, averaging 23.7 points a game and scoring more than 30 in consecutive games against Akron and at Cal. But this isn’t a one-man team. Creighton coach Greg McDermott said guard Grant Gibbs (6.3 apg, 0.9 tpg) has had “a floor game that is off the charts. Austin Chatman has filled in well at point guard (4.3 apg, 2.1 tpg). Gregory Echenique has improved inside. I’m just fortunate to have a group of guys that understand what they can and can’t do. Sounds easy but it’s not in this day and age.’’

3. Butler coach Brad Stevens said he thought BU president James Denko’s statement about the school’s possible interest in leaving the A-10 to join the Big East Catholic seven as being “a proactive way to answer what we’ve all been asked a lot in the past few days.’’ Danko made it clear that Butler will look out for Butler wherever that lands the Bulldogs. There wasn’t a commitment to the A-10 in the statement, just a guarantee the Bulldogs will continue to do what is right for the school.