The first set of games are done, and the two SEC entries involved did not play well. Alabama could not dig itself out of a huge first half hole and fell to the 12 seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Kentucky struggled with the 15 seed Eastern Kentucky.

In the wacky world of college hoops, this one game vaults UWM’s Bruce Pearl to near the top of the list of hot coaching prospects this offseason.

Oklahoma pulled away from a dog-tired Niagara team, but Juan Mendez has the best individual performace so far, finishing with 22 and 16, though he did shoot 6 of 21 from the floor and 9 of 10 on FTs, for a lousy .86 in the almighty PPWS.