1 The Big Ten and Big 12 are looking kind of small. The two leagues usually combine for at least 13 NCAA tournament bids, but this year they might not even get 10.
2 North Carolina's perimeter defense needs to improve. The Tar Heels (15--2) were ranked seventh in the ACC in three-point defense (33.6%) at week's end and allowed Virginia Tech to shoot 53.8% from behind the arc (52.6% overall) in the Hokies' 94--88 win last Saturday.
3 Demetris Nichols (above) is the best player in the Big East. Syracuse's 6'8" senior forward was leading the league in scoring (18.9 points a game) through Sunday and was fourth in three-point shooting (47.1%) and 11th in blocks (1.39).