Tuesday review and a look ahead to Wednesday

Updated: February 3, 2010, 3:53 PM ET
By Jay Williams
A few thoughts on Tuesday night's games before I get into a few of Wednesday's biggest matchups …

Michigan continues to struggle when Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims don't have huge performances. The two scored a combined 15 points, shooting 6-for-23 from the field in the Wolverines' 67-52 loss at Northwestern. Michigan (11-11 overall, 4-6 Big Ten) has lost four of its past five games, and its chances for making the NCAA tourney are very small. Northwestern took a step in the right direction by getting the W. The Wildcats still have some work to do, as they have only one victory over a top-50 RPI opponent, beating Purdue 72-64 at home. Six of their next nine games are against the bottom half of the conference. They need to continue pad their résumé in order to earn their first NCAA tournament appearance.

Kentucky got back to business with a demonstrative victory over Ole Miss. DeMarcus Cousins continued to dominate the blocks, nearly recording his 13th double-double of the season by halftime. (He would eventually get it.) Patrick Patterson impresses me more and more with his ability to shoot the outside jumper and his versatility on defense. The Wildcats totaled 21 assists and shot 47 percent from the 3-point line. John Wall showed maturity by putting the past behind him and had a solid performance. Kentucky is the most talented team in the country. Some mock draft sites have Wall, Cousins and Patterson all going in the top 10 of this year's NBA draft. That is a scary thought!