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C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm not putting Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr., on the same level as Kemba Walker's 2011 NCAA tournament run at UConn just yet. But, wow, Walton has picked the Wolverines up every time they've needed him to make a big shot.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia had one more field goal (six) than turnover, shot 1 of 11 from deep, and is tied at the half with the 34-1 No. 1 seed in its time zone. Not bad, that. Not bad.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia with a 3-0 rout over Gonzaga in the "which male cheerleader can hold up his female counterpart longer?" timeout competition. Feats of strength should be mandatory at all NCAA-sanctioned events forthwith.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon's Dillon Brooks showed the first bit of outward emotion after his last 3-pointer. Don't know if that means he's about to get on a roll, but he seems to play better when he does -- just check last year's Sweet 16 win vs Duke for proof.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

This could be very interesting for UMass and Pat Kelsey. Read this statement from AD Ryan Bamford: "The Memorandum of Understanding has a buy-out clause. It doesn't speak to specific jobs. It just speaks to his responsibility to buy the contract out once he has executed that agreement. For the first two years of the execution, it is $1 million. We have to work through that piece."

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia ties the game, Przemek Karnowski has to call timeout because all outlet options have been denied into oblivion, Gonzaga fans wail in angst over an alleged foul and, somewhere deep inside, Bob Huggins is overcome at the beauty of it all.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

After 12 minutes and 15 seconds, Gonzaga has the same number of turnovers as West Virginia (five). The Zags are having mixed results converting after press breaks, but they aren't making many mistakes -- and WVU's 5 of 19 shooting hasn't exactly punished the mistakes they have made.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan not making open shots, but its offense is running smoothly. Wolverines had 10 assists on 11 baskets in the first half. Guard Derrick Walton Jr., with seven assists (four on 3-pointers) and 11 points. He accounted for 29 of their 33 first half points.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Porter Sr. confirms to ESPN that he's accepted an offer to join the Missouri coaching staff.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Meanwhile it's clear WVU, as expected, plans to give Nigel Williams-Goss the Frank Mason treatment every time he has the ball.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Fascinating early stuff: Gonzaga is looking to attack West Virginia's pressure right away, and take advantage once the ball crosses half court, and it's worked more often than not -- but you have to wonder if all the hurry is sustainable.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Boucher's loss for Oregon was big, but Jordan Bell is reminding Michigan that he blocks shots too. Bell already has collected his per game average of two in the first half. Besides a missed dunk, Bell's playing a man's game in the post rebounding and scoring.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon has to feel fortunate it's not trailing by more with its two leading scorers Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey off to such a poor start. shooting. They average a combined 30 points per game but so far are a collective 1-for-8.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Not much in terms of atmosphere at the Sprint Center some late-arriving Kansas fans haven't filled in the lower bowl just yet and not enough Ducks & Wolverines to make a difference.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

About 10 minutes to tip in San Jose. It was a long few days without basketball, but hallelujah, we're back.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon entered the game only allowing opponents to shoot just 31 percent from 3-point range. Can't tell from Michigan's early start. The Wolverines first three baskets all uncontested 3s including two from big man Moritz Wagner.

Jeannine Edwards ESPN Reporter 

Kansas pep rally was standing room only. These two were loud & proud. #Kansas #Purdue