Despite losing three players to whatever it is that passes for the NBA these days, the Blue Devils already look like a team that'll still be playing well into March. Their 6-0 start includes victories over Michigan State, Tennessee, Michigan and now Kansas. The fact that freshman guard Austin Rivers remained on the bench during crunch time against Kansas was curious, even with four fouls. But that created the opportunity for Tyler Thornton to be one of the game's heroes, and he certainly delivered with late threes.
Georgetown may be better than advertised
Senior guard Jason Clark (pictured) helped lead the Hoyas to a gritty overtime victory against a talented Memphis team on Wednesday. Clark scored 26 points in the win, and is now averaging 19 points per game and shooting 46.7 percent from three-point range. He and 6-foot-10 center Henry Sims could form an inside-outside combination that'll give several Georgetown opponents headaches in the coming months. Thought to be in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season (predicted to finish 10th in the Big East), the Hoyas may be ahead of schedule.
UCLA has guard issues
The Bruins have plenty of size (perhaps too much, if you factor in forward Joshua Smith's rather, um, inflated physique), but their backcourt was cause for concern entering the season. Nothing happened in Maui to ease those fears. UCLA fell to 1-4, its worst start since 1987, with a 79-63 loss to Michigan on Wednesday night. The Bruins don't appear to have a guard capable of getting them into their halfcourt offense with any consistency and don't look quick enough to be able to generate easy baskets in transition. Otherwise, they're in great shape.
Michigan doesn't have UCLA's problem
Michigan guards Tim Hardaway Jr. (pictured), Zack Novak and Trey Burke give the Wolverines solid backcourt leadership and scoring punch. Novak and Hardaway combined for 42 points in Wednesday night's 79-63 win over the Bruins, more than UCLA's entire starting five. Michigan is 5-1 going into next week's Big Ten-ACC Challenge, including impressive Maui wins over Memphis and UCLA.
Kansas' lack of depth is telling
The Jayhawks lost three top recruits to eligibility issues and were already trying to replace some of their team leaders from last season. That's placed a heavy burden on guard Tyshawn Taylor, who committed an astounding 11 turnovers in 38 minutes in the loss to Duke in Wednesday's championship game. Junior forward Thomas Robinson (16 points, 15 rebounds Wednesday night) is a beast inside, but he may not have enough of a supporting cast.