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Roundball chatter

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• At this time of season, you see a lot of young college players hit a wall. They are not used to the grind of the college season, and they may have some bumps in the road. Look at what happened to Kentucky, barely winning a couple of close calls, and Duke, which dropped two straight before getting back on track. A lot of kids are used to being the stars in high school, and the greater competition can also take a little toll.

• Does anyone realize Archie Miller has the Dayton Flyers building on last year's magical run? He has done a sensational job so far this season. Dayton has just two losses so far this season.

• Louisville's Montrezl Harrell is an outstanding rebounder, but he has to go to the basket on offense. He was looking to shoot jump shots too often against Duke. Harrell has great inside presence and has to play to his strengths.

• Zach Auguste was back in the Notre Dame lineup against Miami after sitting out the win over Georgia Tech last week. Auguste was dealing with an academic issue, which was resolved. His presence is vital as the Irish are basically playing four guards plus him.

• Injuries at this time of the season can be devastating. Michigan lost guard Caris LeVert for the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Syracuse lost freshman forward Chris McCullough to a torn ACL. Wisconsin guard Traevon Jackson had surgery for a fractured foot. He is expected to miss about a 4-6 weeks.

• Kansas State has been a surprise in the early part of the Big 12 schedule. Bruce Weber's team edged Baylor last weekend to move into first in the conference at 4-1. Kansas State lost six nonconference games.