St. John's will be a bear to play in the NCAA tournament, and so will Notre Dame if the Irish offense continues to exploit mismatches.
Neither Maryland or Boston College has looked particularly impressive this season -- and both need a win in their ACC opener on Thursday.
Syracuse's Jerami Grant has started off great, as has Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson. And figure on Maryland coming on strong in February.
After Monday and Tuesday's nonstop action, Wednesday brings a quieter schedule of games.
Alex Len has departed to the NBA, but Mark Turgeon and Maryland are not letting that stand in the way of their quest to reach the first NCAA Tournament of the Turgeon era.
Michael Dixon will start classes at Memphis on Thursday.
The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups were announced Wednesday -- and there are a couple of marquee battles.
Maryland fell 61-58 in overtime at Virginia in a pretty tantalizingly fun game Sunday night. The game included this vicious-yet-beautiful dunk by Dez Wells that came after a deft block-to-the-glass play by Dez Wells, led by a one-on-five fastbreak opportunity -- led by Dez Wells.
Five games in 31 hours. It was phenomenal. Duke to Shaw University to NC State in a tripleheader on Saturday. Then it was a double-dip on Sunday in Bloomington and Champaign. Here are a dozen (and one) things I learned on my quick jaunt.
No. 1 Duke pulled away in the second half to beat Santa Clara. North Carolina picked up a quality win over No. 20 UNLV in Chapel Hill.

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