1. Murray State coach Steve Prohm said senior forward Ivan Aska (broken right hand) won’t play Thursday (Jacksonville State) and Saturday (Tennessee Tech) after being checked by a doctor Wednesday. Aska, who leads the undefeated Racers with six rebounds a game, missed the past two games. Prohm said it may be 2-to-4 weeks before Aska is back in the lineup.
2. UAB coach Mike Davis is convinced that Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli is the only one holding up Todd O'Brien's eligibility. SI.com reported O’Brien’s latest waiver attempt with the NCAA was rejected on Friday. O’Brien, a reserve at Saint Joe’s last season, transferred after he graduated and wanted to play his final year of eligibility immediately as a grad student at UAB. But the waiver was rejected. The NCAA told ESPN.com that St. Joe’s not supporting his case was one of the factors. O’Brien has been practicing with the Blazers but can’t play. Martelli won’t return messages to explain his decision to withhold an endorsement of O’Brien’s transfer.
3. I know a number of Northwestern basketball fans in the media and they are a passionate lot. But their faith is akin to the nearby Cubs. It’s amazing how many close games the Wildcats get in but can’t close. Wednesday night was yet another example. The Wildcats were on the verge of getting their first signature win of the season at Michigan. But the Wolverines rode Trey Burke's hot hand and won in overtime. Northwestern missed a chance to take out Illinois, too. The Wildcats have never made the NCAA tournament. Barring a run through the Big Ten tournament it’s hard to see history happening in Evanston.