Kansas isn’t the only team in America that’s struggling right now. Here are five other squads that might stumble into conference play due to some early problems. Notre Dame (7-3): The Fighting Irish entered the season ranked 21st in the Associated Press preseason poll. And that’s where the hype stopped for this new ACC member. Notre Dame’s upset loss to North Dakota State in South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday night was the team’s third of the year.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Andrew Wiggins held the ball above his head and screamed in desperation. With the game on the line in the final minutes of No. 19 Florida's 67-61 win over No. 13 Kansas on Tuesday night, his teammates had abandoned him on the baseline, nearly prompting a turnover on the inbound pass before Frank Mason rescued him. That moment was a metaphor for this entire troubling start. Wiggins can't overcome Kansas' weaknesses alone. Even if he could walk on water – and he was otherworldly in his definitive 26-point, 11-rebound, two-block performance – the rules wouldn't let him pass to himself.
This summer, Georgia made one of the stranger and more random offseason personnel announcements in recent college hoops memory. In late July, incoming freshman and Switzerland native Dusan Langura, was injured in an explosion during a military training exercise. Since World War II, Wikipedia soon clarified, all Swiss males between 18 and 50 have been required to enlist in the nation's army and maintain their uniform, weapon, and ammunition in their homes.
What we're reading Wednesday afternoon. Submit links via Twitter. It should be no surprise to anyone, of course, that the university presidents NCAA president Mark Emmert was elected to represent aren't falling over themselves to uproot college athletics' 100-year-old raison d'Ãªtre. You may get some movement to be, or seem, more reasonable. You may get concessions. Likeness rights, stipends, even endorsements, if things get really crazy. But what you will not get is an NCAA group willing to admit that it should pay athletes a wage for their contributions to their athletic departments' bottom lines.
There are no games scheduled for today.