Here's a couple notes from today's practice session in Chicago:
- Texas A&M sophomore guard Khris Middleton hit a half-court shot during practice on Thursday. He also made a 3 from the corner as the buzzer sounded, yelling to teammate Naji Hibbert: “At the buzzer.” The Aggies wouldn’t mind one of those today.
- Georgetown point guard Chris Wright has recovered from a broken hand on Feb. 23, and is ready to lead the Hoyas. “We’re just looking to start out fresh and start our own streak,” said Wright, whose team went 0-4 without him in the lineup down the stretch.
- When it makes the NCAA Tournament, Purdue is a good bet to win at least one game – the Boilermakers have won their first round game the past 12 trips. They are looking to keep that streak going even though they lost their final two games. “We’re ready to go to work, and everyone is fired up to go out and compete,” senior guard E’Twaun Moore said.
- Akron coach Keith Dambrot isn’t worried about his team settling for just an NCAA berth. Instead, he thinks the Zips will be ready, especially after winning the MAC tournament with two overtime victories. “We’re not happy to be here just to be here,” Dambrot said. “We’re going to compete as hard as we can, and we’re going to try to win the game.”
-- Drew Davison