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Canceled games won't affect selections

1. NCAA tournament selection committee chair Mike Bobinski said that Ohio State, Marquette, Florida and Georgetown will still have plenty of opportunities for quality games after their games on the decks of aircraft carriers were canceled Friday night due to weather (Florida and Georgetown played a half). How will the committee handle these games? "There's no practical way to factor in good intentions and we can't evaluate games that weren't played/completed,'' said Bobinski. "The reality is that in this case all involved teams that will have numerous opportunities as the season progresses to demonstrate their relative strength.'' Bobinski agreed that if San Diego State had not been able to play Syracuse Sunday (due to weather) then it would have hurt the Aztecs more based on the schedule (although the MWC will provide plenty of ratings pop and SDSU does play UCLA and possibly Arizona in Hawaii). The Aztecs lost to Syracuse Sunday. Meanwhile, Bobinski will lead the committee through the Georgia Dome Tuesday as a walk-through in advance of April's Final Four in the same building.

2. Kevin Ollie's debut was so impressive that it's hard to see him not getting the fulltime UConn job for at least three years. I will be surprised if a decision isn't reached by the first of the year at the latest. Ollie needs to be able to recruit and show commitment. UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said that the recruits go to a school first but they need to know who the head coach will be before they commit. Ollie's presence and demeanor in practice, at a kids clinic, with the troops and officers at a dinner, was just as impressive to Manuel and UConn president Susan Herbst as the result of beating Michigan State by playing his hard-nosed, defensive style.

3. Baylor coach Scott Drew said he can't tell if 7-foot-1 freshman center Isaiah Austin will be healthy enough to play in the Charleston Classic Thursday. He didn't sound too optimistic after Austin sprained his right ankle and didn't play Sunday against Jackson State. Austin suffered the injury in the season-opening win over Lehigh. Austin had already scored 22 points in 17 minutes before he got hurt Friday night. Drew said Sunday that freshman Rico Gathers will continue to replace Austin in the lineup. Gathers handled himself quite well Sunday with 13 points and 10 boards in Austin's absence. Austin has a legit shot to end up being the best freshman big man, especially with the pending ineligibility of UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad.