3-point shot: Keys to Miami's success

1. If you’re looking for one of the main reasons for Miami’s surge to the top of the ACC, go back to when Shane Larkin arrived and the relationship between new coach Jim Larranaga and school president Donna Shalala. Larranaga said Wednesday that when Larkin got his release from DePaul (he credits Oliver Purnell for helping here), Shalala didn’t hesitate in getting Larkin into school just in time. Larranaga told Shalala that Larkin had come from a terrific family and was exactly who Miami needed to represent the program -- and what the Hurricanes needed on the court. Larkin may turn out to be the team’s MVP.

2. Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said Wednesday that the Tigers been in contact with the NCAA every week since August 2011, seeking information on developments with the Miami case, yet have no idea what will happen, or when. The NCAA refers to Missouri -- which hired coach Frank Haith from Miami in 2011 -- as Institution B; it isn’t in jeopardy of having anything happen to the school or the basketball program. Mizzou could, however, suffer collateral damage in this process if the NCAA tries to do anything to Haith. But Alden said again Wednesday what he has said many times: Haith has done everything the NCAA and school have asked. Mizzou clearly supports Haith.

3. Wednesday's most surprising result came in Indianapolis, where it is clear Butler can’t afford to lose Andrew Smith for any longer than this week. With the big man out due to an abdominal injury, the Bulldogs lost at home to Charlotte, which has quietly put together an 18-6 season. The 49ers' victory shook up the Atlantic 10 race, with Butler dropping back into a four-way tie in the loss column (three) behind two-loss Saint Louis and VCU. The A-10 is now officially the most jumbled of any high-level conference.