So which way is this going to head for UConn in the short term? I took a short sweep through both the Purdue and Connecticut lockerrooms Wednesday afternoon. Of course, the news of the day was UConn's alleged major violations.
Purdue forward Robbie Hummel: "They'll probably rally around the situation and be ready to play. A.J. Price makes them go. He's (Calhoun) definitely a tough guy. It might change the perception a little bit."
By the way, Hummel played against the Nate Miles, the UConn recruit named in the story.
Connecticut forward Stanley Robinson: "It happened like a couple of seasons ago when (Calhoun) got sick before, so we know the feeling. As long as we just stay together as a team we'll be fine. It hasn't brought us down as a team, it only motivated us more. We're always going to be behind him."
Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet: (Thabeet had just been updated on the story by a reporter. This is about seven hours after the story had broken.) "When we're off the court, everybody is minding their own business. When we step on the court, the more we have team success.
"A lot of guys on the team don't know what's going on. The guy we're talking about is not even here. (Calhoun) prepared us well for games like this. When we step between the lines, it's all about us trying to get a win.
"Coach has always been hard on us, especially me. I used to think he was picking on me. He saw something in me I didn't know. I call him a teacher."
• Purdue has been on the road for eight consecutive days. After sweeping through its first- and second-round games in Portland, Ore., the Boilermakers flew to Phoenix on Tuesday in time to get ready for the West Regional.
It was judged that staying out West would be more cost efficient. Purdue left for Portland on March 17 which means if it is able to get to the Final Four the team will have been on the road for 12 consecutive days.
• West Regional participants' records against teams still in the tournament: Purdue (1-2), Memphis (1-1), UConn (4-3), Missouri (2-1).
• A sign of the times in modern media -- 5:30 pm PT and there are about 25 media members in the University of Phoenix Stadium work room at a West Regional. If there is no one there to cover it, is it really an NCAA Tournament?