1 It's time to give Ohio State's Terence Dials his
due. The unheralded 6'9" senior center is the Buckeyes' leading scorer
(15.0 points a game at week's end) and rebounder (8.2 a game)--he had 22 points
and 11 boards in last Saturday's win over Michigan--and is the biggest reason
Ohio State (21-4) is a bona fide Final Four threat.
2 Parity is hurting the Missouri Valley Conference.
Northern Iowa (22-8, 11-7 in the MVC) was supposed to be the league's best
team, but the Panthers lost their last four conference games to finish the
regular season tied for fifth place in the Valley.
3 Although he has done an admirable job in guiding
Cincinnati to an 18-10 record (7-7 in the Big East), interim coach Andy Kennedy
is still not likely to be with the Bearcats next year. Athletic director Mike
Thomas has told Kennedy that he will be a candidate for the top job, but given
how close Kennedy remains to his former boss, Bob Huggins, he's a long shot to
be hired. -- Seth Davis