1. Emeka Okafor better get used to the hack-a-Shaq treatment.
Connecticut's All-America center, a career 60.5% free throw
shooter, made just five of his 12 attempts in UConn's 77-61 loss
to Georgia Tech on Nov. 26. Future foes will no doubt try to
exploit this Achilles' heel.
2. It's going to be a looooong winter in Amherst and in Queens.
The preseason pessimism surrounding Massachusetts and St. John's
only intensified when the Minutemen lost to Hartford and the Red
Storm was beaten by Fairfield.
3. Everyone's going to have to learn the correct pronunciation of
Matt Freije's last name. It's FREE-jee--and the stock of
Vanderbilt's 6'10" senior forward, who was voted the SEC's
preseason player of the year, is on the rise after 15 NBA scouts
watched him score 32 points and grab 13 rebounds in the
Commodores' 73-60 win over Indiana last week.