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Posted on: March 3, 2010 12:13 am

Florida didn't help its at-large chances.

Randy Culpepper shot UTEP to a C-USA title.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: John Jenkins scored 18 points to lead No. 13 Vanderbilt to a 64-60 win at Florida that damaged the Gators' NCAA tournament hopes. Florida is now 20-10 overall and 9-6 in the SEC heading into Saturday's game at Kentucky. A loss there would be the Gators' third straight loss and have them entering the SEC tournament on shaky ground. Vanderbilt is now 23-6 overall, 12-3 in the SEC. The Commodores have won six of their past seven with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Kentucky.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Randy Culpepper took 18 shots, made 11 and finished with 32 points in UTEP's 80-76 win at Marshall that secured the outright C-USA title for the 24th-ranked Miners, who are 23-5 overall and 14-1 in the league. UTEP has won 13 consecutive games heading into this weekend's showdown with UAB. Culpepper has scored at least 30 three times this season. His career-high is 45.
Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: I'm flying to Maryland this morning for Greivis Vasquez's Senior Day that's doubling as a game that could decide the ACC title. It's No. 4 Duke vs. No. 22 Maryland at the Comcast Center. A Maryland win would create a tie atop the ACC standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET.
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Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2010 1:55 pm

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The trouble with the ACC is the same thing that happened with the Big Ten back in the '90s.  It's not that they suck or anything, it's just that they are 'down' in the sense of not having much consistency at the top.  They are still pretty solid all the way through as a conference, with a lot of good teams.  But outside of Duke, any other team in the conference is very hit-or-miss on a given night.  Plenty of 'good,' but not much 'great.'

They aren't WAY down... not like PAC 10 down... but the seedings for the teams they get into the tournament will likely be lower than what we normally see for the conference.  Of course, if the teams show well during the tournament, then the turnaround probably won't take too long.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:21 pm

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errr ... Culpepper ... for some reason, I could not get Richie Cunningham out of my mind when typing.  Mea culpa.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:13 pm

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1) The ACC really is down this year.  Aside from Duke, play has been spotty.  It's largely an issue of youth, methinks, and talent lost to the NBA last year.  The best team after Duke is Maryland, and while they have Vasquez and a couple of nice role players, they haven't had top-flight talent since their title.  Georgia Tech has top flight talent, but its all sophomores and freshmen, and while Hewitt is a great recruiter he couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag.  (Just watch their "offense" and then tell me different, please.)  Wake has one great player, a sophomore, trying to do it all as a power-point-shooting center.  Clemson remains Clemson, playing up-tempo basketball that lives and dies by the three--this year, they're dying.  Florida State, NCSU, UVa, UNC ... all young and untested, having lost most of their leadership from last year one way or the other (draft or injuries).

2) Anyone who saw the UTEP game last night will say that the points Cunningham put up were nice, but oh did he throw one down for the books.  UTEP certainly has the athletes to surprise some people in the tournament.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 8:06 am

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Is the ACC really as far down as everybody would have you believe or is it everybodys assumption since UNC is not very good this year. Take UNC for example they are 5-10 in conference but still had wins against Ohio st , Michigan st and a 2 pt loss to Kentucky. This could be a great tournament this year and it will be interesting to see if the ACC can get some of its rep back.

Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 12:17 am

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I need to know why the nation wont be Honored by being able to watch 2 top 5 teams play tomorrow night on National Tv. You got power.... maybe u can write an article by complaining "the Right way"

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