3-point shot: Debate over the top spot

1. The No. 1 debate will rage on for weeks since I fully expect a changing of the guard at the top over the next two months. I was most impressed with Michigan this past week and went with the Wolverines. But I wouldn't be against Kansas or Syracuse in the spot when the polls come out Monday. The better question will be how many teams are realistically vying for No. 1 seeds. My inner Joe Lunardi tells me that you could see this race include Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse, Duke, Louisville, Indiana, Arizona, Florida and Gonzaga. I won't be surprised at all if eight of those nine are on the top two lines in March.

2. Get used to more unbalanced schedules having a say in conference champions. The more bloated the conferences become (see: 14 team ACC, Big Ten and SEC), the less likely the schedules will be fair and balanced. Oregon, which is the only remaining undefeated Pac-12 team, is already done playing fellow contenders Arizona (win at home) and UCLA (win on the road). Oregon plays only one more team (Washington twice) that currently has a winning record in the conference. Meanwhile, Arizona plays five more games and UCLA six more games against teams with winning conference records as of this week.

3. Good news Sunday from Florida State. Terrance Shannon was released from the Virginia medical center and arrived back in Tallahassee at 9 p.m. Sunday night. A FSU spokesperson said he sounded fine but will be wearing a neck brace. Shannon was carried off on a stretcher and backboard with 3:58 left during Saturday's 56-36 loss at Virginia after he fell and his head slammed into Evan Nolte's hip. A time frame for his return to the lineup is undetermined. This is not the norm in college basketball to have two players in as many weeks (Butler's Rotnei Clarke was the other) carried out on a stretcher.