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First Down: Early college basketball observations

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WEEKEND REWIND IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Gilbert Arenas goes off -- In a postgame interview following Saturday's loss in San Antonio, Arenas accused his Wizards' teammates of having "hidden agendas" because so many of them are free agents after this season. Brendan Haywood, who's no stranger to off-court controversies himself, responded by saying: "Check your ego at the door. Move the damn ball. Play some defense!" Entering the season, the Wizards' big question was whether Arenas' knee would allow him to return to his 2007 form. But now the question is whether Arenas' attitude will destroy the 3-9 Wizards' season before the calendar hits December.

Friedgen under fire -- With rumors swirling about Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen's future, the Terps blew a late lead at Florida State, falling 29-26. The bigger story, however, is reports that the school may be looking to buy out both Friedgen and coach-in-waiting James Franklin, which would be a costly endeavor thanks to the two years remaining on Friedgen's contract and the terms of Franklin's deal. If the buyout does happen, athletic director Debbie Yow had better be prepared to hire a big-name replacement -- otherwise, those new suites at Byrd Stadium will stay empty.

TWT FIVE EARLY COLLEGE BASKETBALL OBSERVATIONS

1. Area powerhouses are improved -- Maryland has been bolstered by freshmen Jordan Williams and James Padgett, and Georgetown may be better off without DaJuan Summers.

2. The Pac-10 is terrible -- In just the last week, Cal looked horrible in the 2K Sports Classic, Oregon State lost to Sacramento State and USC fell to Loyola Marymount.

3. Syracuse is for real -- Despite losing their top three scorers, the Orange may be the best team in the Big East thanks to transfer Wesley Johnson and freshman guard Scoop Jardine.

4. The CAA is back -- VCU routed Oklahoma, and George Mason nearly upset No. 5 Villanova before beating Indiana in Puerto Rico.

5. John Wall is living up to the hype -- The buildup surrounding Kentucky's freshman class has been over-the-top, but that doesn't mean Wall's 20.3 ppg and 7.3 apg are any less impressive.

HE SAID WHAT?

"If they decide to make a change, I'd have to say I'd have a tough time arguing with that."

-- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis

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