PLAYER TO WATCH
Shamorie Ponds, G, St. John's
The 6-1 sophomore, right, has shown that even a slick-scoring point guard from New York can be slept on. Ponds went unnoticed when the Red Storm started 0-11 in Big East play. Everyone knows him now after scoring 33 and 26 points in upsets over Duke and Villanova.
game of the weekend
(3) Purdue at (4) Michigan St.
3 p.m. Saturday, ESPN: Some of the luster from this matchup of Big Ten heavyweights was stolen after Ohio State dealt the Boilermakers their first Big Ten loss on Wednesday. Can the Spartans make it a double dagger this week for Purdue's league title hopes?
Kind of a big deal II
I wasn't there, but heard awesome things about how U.S. Bank Stadium and the Super Bowl crew handled everything. Hopefully, that carries over to next year when I definitely will be at the 2019 Final Four in Minneapolis. Villanova might give Philly fans a reason to be back, too.