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What You Need To Know

Posted on: March 4, 2010 2:58 am

Sherron Collins won on Senior Night.

So did Greivis Vasquez.

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

Notable game from Wednesday: Xavier Henry finished with 19 points and Sherron Collins added 17 as Kansas pulled away late for an 82-65 win over Kansas State that clinched an outright Big 12 title for the sixth consecutive season. KU is now 28-2 overall, 14-1 in the Big 12 and basically assured of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. KSU is 24-5 overall, 11-4 in the Big 12 and still in play to also earn a No. 1 seed.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Greivis Vasquez took 13 shots, made six and finished with 20 points to lead Maryland to a 79-72 win over Duke. Vasquez added five assists and four rebounds. His runner in the final minute secured the victory that created a tie between Maryland and Duke atop the ACC standings. Both schools enter the final weekend of the regular season with 12-3 league records.
Notable game scheduled for Thursday: Michigan State will try to win for the fourth time in five outings when the Spartans host Penn State at the Breslin Center. MSU is 22-7 overall, 12-4 in the Big Ten. Penn State is 11-17 overall, 3-13in the Big Ten. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 9:27 am

What You Need To Know

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and have had a rooting interest in Penn State since a small child, but to mention ANY game they play as notable is insanity.  Michigan State will maul the Nittany Lions by double digits despite PSU winning 3 of their last 4 games.  They also lost to the Spartans a couple weeks ago at the Bryce Jordan by 11.  I doubt the difference in this game will be any less.  The more notable games in my book for tonight include Dayton at Richmond due to the post-season implications for both teams.  Dayton is sitting on the bubble and may need this win to solidify their NCAA Tournament position.  Richmond should be a lock for the NCAA Tournament, but they are looking for positioning for the A-10 and NCAA Tournaments as well as another quality road win.  Also, Pittsburgh has a chance to lock up a double bye in the Big East Tournament when they host Providence tonight.  Typically this game would be a no-brainer victory to Pitt playing at home, but remember Providence defeated Pitt late last season despite being severely out-gunned by the talented Panther squad who eventually received a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Providence loss was one of only 3 regular season losses for the Panthers last season. 

On another side note, I agree that the Kansas vs Kansas St. game was a high profile game and certainly deserving of top-honors in the notable game from last night, but one low-profile game from a minor conference that was notable for me personally, was the upset of the top seeded Lipscomb by eighth seeded Kennesaw St in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.  Admittedly Lipscomb ended the season in a 4-way tie for the Atlantic Sun regular season conference championship, but won the overall #1 seed on tie-breakers.  Lipscomb was 14-6 in conference and Kennesaw St. was 7-13.  The teams split the regular season series and it was not much of an upset if you follow Atlantic Sun Basketball, but nevertheless interesting to see a top seed in any conference tournament drop a quarterfinal game.

As usual Gary, thanks for the daily update...looking forward to tomorrow's analysis on tonight's action.

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