Thoughts from Wednesday night:
High altitude: Watched San Diego State at Wyoming, which was a highly competitive but ragged game. Wyoming prevailed 83-79.
San Diego State, now 12-4, was off to its best start in 39 years but something is not quite right with the Aztecs and it wasn't just the altitude in Laramie. Coach Steve Fisher has started eight different players this season, adjusting to injury and suspensions. I'm not sure they're going to get it together to make a charge toward the NCAA Tournament. Overall, they're talented enough but something is missing.
Meanwhile, Wyoming has two starters from New York City. Does anyone else find that weird?
Trouble for the Terps: Maryland blew a 17-point lead and lost to Miami, 62-60. This on the heels of a loss to Morgan State.
Whatta blowout: Missouri won its 12th straight by beating Colorado 107-62. Are these teams in the same conference?
Sneaky good: Houston's 94-86 win at UTEP was a great one for the Cougars. Tom Penders' squad is starting to look like an NCAA team, maybe the best team in Conference USA. Yes, I know Memphis plays in Conference USA.
Young and inconsistent: Arkansas is certainly that. The Hogs lost to Mississippi. Victories over Texas and Oklahoma must seem a long time ago.
Strange Dayton: The Flyers, who were 10-2 in non-conference play, have opened Atlantic 10 play with a loss to UMass and a one-point win over Fordham, the consensus worst team in the league.
Another surprise: UNLV lost to Colorado State 71-69. The victory broke a 19-game Mountain West losing streak for Rams. This is a bad loss for the Rebels.
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