Five thoughts on college basketball:
1. With the Indiana-Michigan showdown slated for Saturday night, check out a great story on Indiana basketball by ESPN’s Dana O’Neil. Hoosiers goes way beyond IU.
2. Butler got bounced big-time by Saint Louis 75-58 last night. The Billikens forced the Bulldogs into 23 turnovers. Jordair Jett scored 19 points in 23 minutes for SLU. Both teams are now 4-2 in the A-10.
3. Tough loss for Eastern Kentucky at Tennesse-Martin last night. The Colonels shot just 35.4 percent in the 72-65 loss. EKU is now in third place in the OVC East at 5-3, behind Belmont (9-0) and Tennessee State (7-3). Eastern travels to Southeast Missouri State (3-6) on Saturday.
4. Arizona overcame a five-point halftime deficit to win at Washington 57-53. Nick Johnson scored 15 points for the Wildcats, who are now tied with Arizona State at 6-2 in the Pac-12, a game behind Oregon (7-1).
5. Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports makes the point that Michigan is nearly as young as the Kentucky team that won the national title last season. He writes: “Both teams had four freshmen. Kentucky had Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiljter. Michigan has Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Spike Albrecht. Darius Miller was a senior and both Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb were sophomores. Michigan has redshirt junior big man Jordan Morgan, sophomore point guard Trey Burke and junior wing Tim Hardaway Jr. The major difference, though, is that Michigan’s top player (Burke) isn’t a freshman.”