EMPIRE STATE SCENE
Cornell aside, a disaster. As of Monday four New York City--area schools were looking for men's hoops coaches (St. John's, Seton Hall, Fordham, Wagner). And Buffalo reeked: The six tournament games played at HSBC Arena (site of a sewage backup) were decided by an average of 16.0 points.
Absences by Joakim Noah (18 games with plantar fasciitis), Luol Deng (six, calf) and Derrick Rose (four, wrist) set off a 10-game losing streak. There's always next year—but with Chicago wooing LeBron, which of the current group would be around to greet him?
NIT: BELOW THE BELT
Low blows abounded in the men's National Invitational Tournament as not one but two players were tossed for throwing shots to the groin. Justice prevailed: Both offenders' teams (Seton Hall and Jackson State) lost while the victims combined for 30 points.
CBS HAS 'EM RILED
The biggest underperformer in a crazy Week 1 of the NCAAs—besides the obvious, Kansas? Consider CBS, which struggled to keep up with all the close finishes (many viewers missed out on the end of Old Dominion--Notre Dame) and made some ill-timed cutaways.