Roundball Chatter for Jan. 7
• Congrats to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who is now No. 2 to coach Krzyzewski on the all-time win list. Boeheim got win No. 903 and passed The General, Robert Montgomery Knight.
• Arizona has been the king of comebacks. The Wildcats did it against Florida, San Diego State and now add Colorado to the list. Sean Miller's team was down 17 to the Buffs and rallied to win in overtime in the Pac-12 opener. They did it with Solomon Hill in foul trouble. By the way, in looking at Colorado vs. Arizona -- in my 30+ years of calling games, that shot at the end of regulation was the toughest I have seen to judge. It was eventually ruled no basket after a replay review. If the shot was good, and my gut says not sure, shot should count.
• What a great start for Michigan. The Wolverines were so impressive in a road blowout over Northwestern, and a victory over Iowa at home. I believe they will be 16-0 going to Buckeye country on January 13, then off to Minnesota on the 17th. Those will be tough tests for John Beilein's team.
• It is amazing to note that Marquette hit two-of-16 trifectas against Connecticut and still won the game! Junior Cadougan hit one to send the contest into overtime. The Golden Eagles then won a tight won over Georgetown to start Big East play well.
• Willie Cauley-Stein needs another year at Kentucky. Yes he is Mr. Potential and would be a lottery pick. In my opinion, he is not ready for the next level and would be better off working on his skills in Lexington for another season. Think about what happened when Daniel Orton left early.
• Take notice UCLA has won seven in a row at home after sweeping Stanford and Cal. The Bruins have picked up their defense and that is a major plus for Ben Howland's team. Diaper dandies Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson are playing like PTPers.
• Tough break for Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum. He has a broken bone in his left foot suffered in a loss to VCU. He is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks.