I. Cincinnati's Conference USA dominance is near an end. The Bearcats have earned at least a share of every regular season championship since the league was formed in 1995-96, but they've appeared vulnerable during a 7-3 start. Meanwhile the league is tougher than ever at the top, with No. 19 Louisville, No. 24 Marquette and Memphis all capable of winning the conference crown.
2. Now the SEC is a football and a basketball league. At week's end the conference's hoopsters had five ranked teams, with Alabama and Mississippi State in the Top 10.
3. Wayne Simien's injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Kansas. The Jayhawks' sophomore starting forward (15.9 points, 8.7 rebounds per game) is out indefinitely after dislocating his right shoulder in Saturday's 100-44 win over Missouri- Kansas City. Coach Roy Williams needs junior Jeff Graves (2.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg) to step up as Kansas enters the cauldron of the Big 12 schedule.