1. UNLV received good news late Sunday night after X-rays showed that forward Mike Moser didn't fracture his dislocated shoulder. But there is no timetable for Moser's return. The injury occurred a few minutes into the late-possession win at Cal Sunday night. UNLV coach Dave Rice said they will know more of a timetable in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Rebels will go with Anthony Bennett (who has become a star early for the Rebels) and Quintrell Thomas as well as Carlos Lopez-Sosa in Moser's absence. But the Rebels due get an infusion of a big-time talent when Pitt transfer Khem Birch is eligible for next Monday's game at UTEP.
2. The Xavier staff that took the team to the Elite Eight and lost to Duke in 2004 has had quite a rise in the coaching profession this season. The head coach was Thad Matta. The top three assistants are all undefeated as head coaches so far: Sean Miller at Arizona, John Groce at Illinois and Alan Major at Charlotte. The latter two are by far the most surprising. Groce has been dubbed a rising star after the way in which he took Ohio to the Sweet 16. He pulled off one of the most impressive wins in the non-conference with a road win at Gonzaga Saturday night. Major is off to a surprising undefeated start in the 49ers last season in the A-10. Charlotte still has tough games to come but did win the Great Alaska Shootout and knocked off rival Davidson. Miller has the best team in the Pac-12. It won't be a reach at all to see at least three of the four coaches on that staff -- Matta, Miller and Groce -- in the NCAA tournament. Major probably has the most work to do but it's not out of the question.
3. Harvard's staff firmly believes the Crimson will be back to being a potential top 25 team in 2014. The Crimson return their team essentially intact with a rising star in Siyani Chambers. And, if as expected, Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry return from their forced year off (two of 175 students involved in an academic scandal) then this team will be a tough out for everyone on the schedule. The Crimson still have a chance to squeeze into the NCAAs during this bridge season with rest of the Ivy muted at best. Columbia, Princeton and Cornell are all viable contenders but Harvard still may be the team to beat. Casey is working for a non-profit counseling kids during his year off while Curry is working in insurance in Charlotte. They remain in contact with the staff but can't be in school during the forced suspension. Crimson coach Tommy Amaker said he wouldn't have scheduled so tough this season (still to come at Cal, at Saint Mary's and at Memphis after playing at UMass, at UConn) with such a limited roster, but he had no clue the suspensions would occur. Harvard is in the Great Alaska Shootout next season. Amaker is looking for more quality games and said he wants to renew the series with BC and UConn.