Much much more on college hoops on Monday. But let's revisit my preview of my three biggest storylines of the weekend:
(1) Florida edges Kentucky: At times, the Gators looked awesome. At times, they looked mediocre. But in an otherwise meaningless regular-season game, I'll take a gritty win on the road as a building block for the NCAA Tournament over a blowout.
(One side note: What the hell was Joakim Noah doing with what looked like a smack toward a Kentucky cheerleader? It was hard to see live -- or even replayed on my DVR -- but I'll bet there's an ESPN camera angle that can show it. That merits a one-game suspension.)
(2) Georgetown vs. Marquette: This is one of those games that is going to kill me in my bracket picks: G'town just stomped Marquette, and it'll stand out when I take the Hoyas deep in the Tournament.
(3) West Virginia over UCLA: On Friday, I think I called this my "Upset Special." (Now, why didn't I bet Gabe's college fund on the result?) I have been a sucker for Beilein and WVA since they made that amazing Elite Eight tourney run a few years ago.
(But there's no shame for UCLA here, and it's dangerous to read too much into the loss: They were playing without catalyst PG Collison and a non-conference game across the country in Morgantown is just about as tough as it gets.)
How about that Big 12? Wow, Texas frosh PG DJ Augustin is nearly as must-see as Durant... OK St C Mario Boggan is a first-team A.A. player... Texas Tech is the hardest-luck team in the country...
Arizona beats Oregon: I defy you to figure out the Cats' NCAA Tournament fate. Chase Budinger joins the list of freshmen that are making this the most exciting, must-see (and, dare I say, most talented) freshman class in a long, long time.
Mid-Major Mania: Butler is no longer the new hotness after losing to Wright State. Want your newest mid-major hotness? Southern Illinois (or, as I've called them for years, "So. Ill.")