1. Iona’s road win at Richmond was its fourth away from home in the past five games. The road swing continues to Vermont, William & Mary and Hofstra. So far there are two benefactors to the Gaels blistering pace away from home -- Purdue and Marshall. These are the two Iona losses so far. If the Gaels continue win, the power ratings of these two potential bubble teams increases. Tim Cluess couldn’t get home games, so he took his team on the road and it’s working quite well.
2. Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said he was concerned that the 49ers were dragging a bit going from Louisville to Long Beach to Kansas to Long Beach to North Carolina to Long Beach. He said in the span of two weeks the 49ers had four wake-up calls before 5 a.m. But he said the 49ers played their best game against the Tar Heels, losing by six. The 49ers have one victory in four games against the top 10, winning at Pitt. Monson said he’s looking forward to seeing how his team responds when it gets a top 10 team on a neutral court. Long Beach State plays Xavier on Dec. 22 in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Xavier will be without two key players in that game -- suspended wings Mark Lyons and Dez Wells.
3. The more people have an opinion on the officiating from last Saturday’s brawl between Xavier and Cincinnati, the more I can’t understand why the officials didn’t issue a single technical for unsportsmanlike conduct. The only one I’ve talked to who didn’t see the need for a technical foul -- and that includes an over supervisor of officials -- is the A-10’s coordinator of officiating Reggie Greenwood. He’s on an island right now and it serves no purpose for him to not criticize the failure to ring up a technical. NCAA coordinator of officials John Adams shouldn’t have any of the three -- Tony Crisp, Michael Roberts or Jeff Anderson -- officiate in the NCAA tournament as punishment for their failure to grab control of the game.