1. Detroit and Temple are still trying to find a date to make up a postponed game that had been scheduled for Dec. 28 in Philadelphia. The game was part of the Gotham Classic but was postponed when the Titans couldn’t get to the there due to weather. The organizers are looking at a few compatible dates in February, one mid-month (Feb. 18-19) and one late in the month (Feb. 28). Temple, which has had a gauntlet of a schedule (lost to Duke in New Jersey, won against Syracuse in NYC and plays at Kansas this Saturday), might need another decent game for seeding, or who knows selection, come March.
2. Cincinnati beat Pitt for the second straight season at the Pete. That puts the Bearcats in some rare company with two wins at the Petersen Events Center, joining Georgetown, West Virginia and of all teams Rutgers. The one team that has won three games at the Pete is Louisville. Louisville was the last team to win two straight at the Pete prior to UC when the Cardinals did it in 2007 and 2008. The Bearcats resilience should be noted. Cincinnati came back from the New Mexico home loss to win its Big East road opener. UC coach Mick Cronin would gladly take that trade.
3. The blown overtime goaltending basket by the officials in the Marquette-Connecticut game could have NCAA consequences. The Golden Eagles figure to be on the bubble in some form and need as many solid wins as possible. The win against UConn was aided by the negated basket, but certainly not won due to it. Losing at home would have stung even more on Marquette’s résumé. If the Huskies were NCAA eligible then that loss would have been even more damaging based on the call. Paul Brazeau, the Big East’s senior associate commissioner for men’s basketball, said coordinator of officials Art Hyland told him he couldn’t remember ever seeing a mistake like that one. He said the officials felt terrible about it after the game.