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Posted on: February 12, 2009 9:16 am

Xavier lost again.

So did Wake Forest.

Here's Thursday's What You Need To Know :

Notable game from Wednesday: Dayton beat Xavier for the first time in seven tries, leaving Saint Joseph's as the lone one-loss team in the Atlantic 10. Final score: 71-58. And the key was Chris Wright, a sophomore forward who scored the final nine points for the Flyers and finished with 19. Dayton is now 22-3 overall, 8-2 in the A-10. Xavier is 20-4 overall, 8-2 in the A-10.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Brandon Costner took 13 shots, made eight and finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead North Carolina State to an 82-76 win over Wake Forest, meaning the Demon Deacons have dropped four of six since earning the No. 1 ranking Jan. 19. Costner scored 11 consecutive points during a stretch early in the second half to help the Wolfpack hold on. He's now scored at least 20 in three of his past five outings.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: A pair of the nation's best guards -- namely Darren Collison and James Harden -- will battle when UCLA visits Arizona State for a showdown between two likely NCAA tournament teams. UCLA is 19-4 overall, 8-2 in the Pac-10. Arizona State is 18-5 overall, 7-4 in the Pac-10. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 5:42 pm

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Where is there no mention on Lewis Jackson's (of Purdue) performance last night of holding Talor Battle, the leading scorer in the Big 10, scoreless.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:24 pm

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Fine Parrish,


You were right about UNC. My Duke pick looked good for about 30 minutes. I am willing to accept whatever gross picture you post with your blog entry later today.


By the way, can we talk about the gesture the UCONN male cheerleaders make every time Thabeet gets a block? Seriously. Good back and watch the highlights from the game yesterday and you will see exactly what I am talking about. I don't normally look at (or discuss, for that matter) male cheerleaders because I think they go against everything good and holy in this world, but I just couldn't pass this up. Every time I saw it I kept imagining the Samburg/Timberlake "We're the Dancers" skit they did with Beyonce. Hilarious.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:04 pm

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Well said.  ASU handles the ball very well so turnovers won't be as easy to come by as they were in our last four games.  While everything we do starts with our defense it's really going to be about our offense and like you said our ability to attack the zone.  We faced the same zone scheme last year with the same ASU lineup and dismantled the Sun Devils both times.  I think last game's meltdown was not only an anomaly but a loss that everybody is dying to avenge.  Those Bruins and these Bruins are like night and day.

Pendegraph and Harden had 18 and 24 respectively last game and we still only lost by 3 in OT.  Giving up 61 points in 45 minutes was not the problem, only scoring 58 was.  Transition points, continued high % shooting, and keeping Harden from any late game surges are the keys to me.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2009 10:27 am

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UCLA has crushed its past four opponents. The Bruins have been almost unbeatable in the first game of the Pac-10 weekender. Two things to look for in tonights game: Can Alfred Aboya continue his stellar play and keep Jeff Pendegraph from controlling things down low? In the first meeting UCLA's guards were unable or unwilling to penetrate ASU's zone defense - Holiday and Collison have been expert at getting in the middle of the lane and either finishing or dropping it off for easy buckets.

The game figures to come down to the Bruins forcing ASU to play the game at their tempo. If the game is primarily a half court affair then that favors the Sun Devils - they have the best player and the more consistent low post player. If UCLA's defensive intensity and depth force turnovers and easy run outs the Bruins win the game decisively. Prediction: UCLA 72, ASU 63.

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