1 Louisville is in trouble. Senior center David Padgett (right) is out until at least late January with a fractured kneecap, and senior forward Juan Palacios is healing more slowly than expected from a knee cartilage tear. The Cardinals' 78--76 loss to BYU last Friday does not bode well for the future.
2 Mid-major darling Davidson will have a hard time getting an at-large bid. The Wildcats' seven-point loss to Western Michigan on Nov. 21 means they'll probably have to win the league tournament again to earn a berth. The Southern Conference has never sent more than one team to the NCAAs.
3 Expect the Ivy League to go to a conference tournament soon. Penn and Princeton have long been the biggest opponents to a league tournament, but with those schools off to a combined 4--7 start, they may start to come around.