These tidbits from a pretty well placed source that I consider legit and whose word I respect, but still take them however you like:
1. One main reason for UConn's late season meltdown was that a few weeks ago agents "got to" 7'3" center Hasheem Thabeet and that he decided back then to turn pro after the season. Up until that point he was the Big East defensive player of the year and a defensive force. Since the alleged decision, apparently he has not been focused and Calhoun could not get him to stay focused on the job at hand. Subsequently UConn was outrebounded in a loss to West Virginia in the Big East tournament, then outrebounded in a loss to San Diego, and HT underperformed in both games. Look for him to declare for the NBA draft any time now.
1a. Allegedly UConn point guard and best player AJ Price had decided that if Thabeet was coming out, then he was going to as well, as he didn't want to carry the load all by himself next year. His knee injury means that he now does not have a choice in the matter, and will have to rehab and try to make a comeback at the college level.
2. Allegedly LSU is going to throw a lot of money at USC head coach Tim Floyd to move to LSU, and if this happens than USC's 1st choice is Jamie Dixon of Pitt, who like Ben Howland at UCLA is a California native and extremely successful coach in the Big East. If it plays out like that then it's another step up for the PAC10- having Howland and Dixon in LA is such a massive improvement over just a few years ago when it was Lavin & Bibby running things.
3. Many of the coaches not just in the Big East but around the country were rooting hard for Georgetown to win the title this year, so that they could then go back to kids and say "see- unselfish team basketball works", as in recent years the me first 1 on 1 game has taken over college basketball to a large degree. Now that G'town is out apparently many are wishing UCLA wins it for the same reasons.
Oh, and don't feel too bad for Stanford's Robin Lopez that his team got dumped out of the tournament on Friday by Texas. Apparently he's dating Michelle Wie, so that's something nice to fall back on. No worries about not being able to eat well when your college freshman girlfriend is a multimillionaire.