Our quick thoughts on Monday's results:
Syracuse was in a pretty giving mood early on against Georgetown Monday night, spotting the Hoyas 14 points in the first three minutes of the game. The Orange weren't nearly as generous over the next 37 minutes, though, outscoring the Hoyas by 31 the rest of the way in an impressive 73-56 win at the Carrier Dome. Wesley Johnson had 14 points and nine rebounds and Andy Rautins had 15 points, six assists, and six steals for Syracuse, which protected its 1 seed for another week with the win (they play at DePaul on Saturday). Georgetown could have been a 1 seed next week had they won this game and then won at home against Duke on Saturday. Instead, they'll shoot for a 1-1 week against the Blue Devils. Depending on how the rest of the week goes, a win might be enough to keep them on the 2 line. At worst, they'll be a 3 next week.
Kansas continued to roll through its Big XII schedule, destroying Missouri 84-65 Monday night at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Cole Aldrich's 12 points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocks led the way for the Jayhawks, who dominated despite committing 17 more turnovers than the Tigers. That discrepancy didn't matter in the end because Missouri shot an abysmal 28 percent from the field and got out-rebounded 52-28. Kansas will now turn its attention to its showdown with Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday. Missouri, meanwhile, is left to lick its wounds and regroup. The Tigers can find some comfort in the fact that three of their next four games are in Columbia (where they haven't lost), beginning with a key home game against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Of note: Charleston lost at Western Carolina; Morgan State beat MD-Eastern Shore at home; Texas Southern beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff at home.