*Duke started the season 18-1 but is 3-4 over its last seven and it's probably not a coincidence that the Blue Devils' two most athletic players, Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith, have struggled of late. In losses to Wake Forest, Clemson, North Carolina and Boston College, Henderson is just 2 for 16 from three-point range, with 17 turnovers and six assists. Smith, who started at point guard before Greg Paulus took over recently, is 7 of 27 from the field with only two assists and nine turnovers. The losses are also an indication that Duke struggles against more athletic opponents.
*Three teams are still undefeated in league play: Oklahoma (Big 12), Memphis (Conference USA) and Gonzaga (West Coast). Then there are teams on the other end of the spectrum: Winless in conference play: DePaul (0-13, Big East) Air Force (0-12, Mountain West), Southeast Missouri State (0-16, Ohio Valley) and Oregon (0-14, Pacific-10).
*Seattle, the same school that produced the legendary Elgin Baylor, is making a nice return to Division I after a 28-year absence. The Redhawks are 17-6 and have won nine straight. Seattle, however, is in the no-man's land of college classification -- independent -- and is beating up on behemoths the likes of Linfield College, Cascade and South Dakota. The Redhawks want to gain entry in either the WCC (although Gonzaga has been resistant) or the WAC and there's hopes of creating a Big 4 type rivalry with Washington, Washington State and Gonzaga.
-- Rodney McKissic