Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Embiid's Dominance & MoreWhile many people debated whether Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Julius Randle would be college basketball's elite freshman this season, Joel Embiid is leaving all of those guys behind in the dust.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Saint Louis, Oklahoma & MoreThere may be other teams that have come to the forefront early in the season like UMass, VCU, or George Washington, but this conference still goes through the Billikens.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Memphis, Notre Dame & MoreThe Tigers are no longer in Conference-USA and that's just what they were reminded of when they were beaten at home on Saturday by Cincinnati. Next up? A date Thursday with Louisville.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Kentucky, Syracuse & MoreLuckily for the Panthers and Irish, they're very familiar with Jim Boeheim's defense from their days in the Big East. For everyone else in the ACC, dealing with the Orange's vaunted zone is going to be an absolute headache.
Rothstein: Monday Morning Notebook; Marquette, Ohio State, Duke & MoreI respect the heck out of Buzz Williams as a coach and have always marveled at how he's gotten the maximum out of every team he's coached. But this particular Marquette squad was overrated by many people, including myself.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Arizona, Duke-UCLA & MoreThere is no team more prepared for the long haul than the Wildcats.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Mizzou, UMass & MoreMissouri's perimeter triumvirate of Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown, and Earnest Ross wasn't mentioned in the same breath at the start of the season with the back courts at UConn, Memphis, Louisville and Oklahoma State, but that will all change moving forward.
Rothstein: Monday Morning Notebook; Duke, Dayton, 'Nova And MoreThe Blue Devils have three known commodities in Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and point guard Quinn Cook, but after that everything is in flux.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; Shabazz, Indiana & MoreI said after I saw UConn practice in October that Napier was the best guard in college basketball. And after the first few weeks of the season, it's hard to waver from that proclamation.
Rothstein: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook; UConn, UCLA & MoreThe Huskies showed signs of brilliance in Friday night's 78-77 win over Maryland at the Barclays Center, and even though they only beat the Terps by a single point, there was more than enough reasons to believe that Kevin Ollie's squad will be a top 15-20 team all season.
Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Wear's Return & MoreUCLA's Travis Wear could return for the Bruins' third game of the year on November 18 against Sacramento State, according to UCLA coach Steve Alford.
Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Browne's Hot Hand & MoreWest Virginia coach Bob Huggins told me on Tuesday in Morgantown that junior guard Gary Browne has been the Mountaineers' best shooter so far in preseason practice.
Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Pinkston's Time & MoreThe 6-5 Pinkston is undersized but plays bigger than his height. After averaging 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds last year as a sophomore, it's time for Pinkston to emerge as one of the better players in the Big East as a junior.
Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Iowa's Depth, Underrated Opener & MoreThe Hawkeyes may not have a first-team All-Big Ten player but there are 11 capable pieces on Iowa's roster that can all impact a game.
Rothstein: This And That Around NCAA Basketball; Eyes On Henderson & MoreOle Miss coach Andy Kennedy told me on Monday that the amount of games that Marshall Henderson will miss this season has still yet to be determined.