1. Conference play isn’t even a week old and yet there have been two controversial official calls that affected outcomes. The Marquette-UConn game Wednesday was affected by a blown call in overtime when a goal tending was overruled because the officials didn’t realize the teams were lined up the wrong way (didn’t they see Junior Cadougan make the 3-pointer seconds earlier from the same basket?). And then Thursday in the Arizona-Colorado game, officials took away a Sabatino Chen game-winning 3-pointer for the Buffaloes when they decided the shot was not in time. This is a perfect example as to why the selection committee can’t ever just look at the win-loss records and who they beat and where. There needs to be discussion about the teams and the games, as well. These results matter, but analyzing the team needs to be done.
2. Colorado and Arizona should become rivals after the Buffs won the Pac-12 tournament last season over the Wildcats, following a regular-season series split. And now there's Thursday’s dramatic, controversial game. The Pac-12 needs new rivalries, much like the rest of these bloated conferences. Colorado was an afterthought in the addition. Utah was supposed to be the big hoop coup. But CU has proven to be a great add. The Buffs now have a real rival in Arizona and that’s good news for the league.
3. SMU hosts Tulsa Sunday in a Conference USA opener for both teams. The game matches two new head coaches who are extremely familiar with each other: Larry Brown and Danny Manning. Brown coached Manning as the two led Kansas to the 1988 national title. I would have loved to see if anyone alive could have predicted in ’88 the two would be coaching against each other at SMU and Tulsa 24 years later. Conversely, would anyone be shocked if the Brooklyn Nets didn’t get their top coaching choices that they would look at Brown, who has a strong connection with GM Billy King? It’s not likely or probable but nothing would surprise me and shouldn’t anyone else.