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What You Need To Know

Posted on: February 11, 2008 1:49 am
 
AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington beat UCLA again.

North Carolina beat Clemson again.

Here's Monday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Sunday: Washington entered on a four-game losing streak featuring three straight home losses to Stanford, California and Southern California. So, naturally, the Huskies backed that with a 71-61 upset of UCLA that was a head-scratcher and ... head-hurter? Yes, a head-hurter. At least for Alfred Aboya, who took a ball off the face in the final minute. It added injury to insult, I suppose, and helped Washington beat UCLA in Seattle for the fourth consecutive time.

Notable performance from Sunday: Tyler Hansbrough seems determined to make it difficult for Michael Beasley to run away with the National Player of the Year award like Kevin Durant did last season. Hansbrough got 39 points and 13 rebounds in North Carolina's 103-93 double-overtime victory that gave the Tar Heels their NCAA-record 53rd-consecutive home win against Clemson. He made 11-of-16 field goal attempts and 17-of-19 free throws to help UNC rally from an 11-point deficit with three minutes remaining in regulation. And for Clemson, well, there's always next year.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: I'm here in Austin for the Kansas-Texas showdown that will likely help decide the Big 12 championship. Kansas enters with a 23-1 record (8-1 in the Big 12) while Texas is 19-4 (6-2 in the Big 12). The Jayhawks are second in my latest Top 25 (and one). The Longhorns are 13th. And if Kansas is going to get this road win it'll need to slow A.J. Abrams, who has been really good of late. The Texas junior has made 21-of-42 field goal attempts and 15-of-28 3-pointers in his past three outings to help the Longhorns notch wins over Baylor, Oklahoma and Iowa State. Tip-off at the Frank Erwin Center is set for 9 p.m ET.
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Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 7:21 pm
 

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by the name i can assume you are a unc fan so ill ask who you played on the road this year? kentucky? who is terrible p.s. gardner webb beat them by more than you guys! congrats on the big win. other than that the highest rated team you scheduled on the road(big ten challenge doesnt count you dont pick who you play) was 199th ranked rutgers the other was 307th ranked penn? ...if all you hear is duke plays a tough non schedule then you are conversing with people who dont know what they are talking about....they havent scheduled tough road games in the last couple years because they were going to be young and coach k knew that. its not smart to set yourself up for defeat.....they played at georgetown in 2006 thats the last big time road game they scheduled(btw they lost that game). and thats the only game where they played a decent team on the road in the last five years on their court and that might have been played at the nba arena not sure if they did it like temple did...so thats a very good point...i know i know the original reason for  the temple and st johns games being played was to help out those small schools by playing home and home in the nba stadiums for them to help profit



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 10:19 pm
 

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I'm not talking about the cupcakes, certainly they need the big gates. I'm refering to the Gonzagas and Pitts on their schedule.. I cannot remember the last time Duke played a big name school on their turf. I  wish someone had that information. All I hear is Duke plays a tough non-conference schedule but where do they play. Look at the ACC/BIG TEN challenge they have played one true road game in the eleven years it has been played. No one on from either conferrence can say the same. I'd love to see them schedule home and homes with the Kentuckys, Arizonas or any damn body




Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 3:31 pm
 

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im a huge duke fan so this is probably gonna come off as defending them but here is my explanation for this....duke has a huge following. they play games at nuetral sites because there is more money(and isnt that realy always the reason) to be made by playing at a nuetral site...im sure coach k isnt afraid to play temple at their home court but i actually took the 16 hour trip to philidelphia to go see one of these games at the wackovia center and 3/4 of the crowd was duke fans...why wouldnt temple want to fill a arena 4 times its own areas size? they get a huge gate and national television exposure its smart for them. the msg thin is much the same. why wouldnt the biggest city in america want to have one of the most popular teams come in year after year to play in its largest basketball arena. it makes dollars therefore it makes sense. many high profile programs do the same thing. check out memphis' schedule for an example.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 2:25 pm
 

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Duke did not play in the preseason NIT, they played in Maui. They played one game Vs. Pitt at the Garden. Duke plays one game at the garden every year.

Duke did not play one true non-conference road game this year at a team's home court. Temple game was played at Wachovia Center. Nobody ever mentions this though because it's duke. If it was any other team, it would be mentioned & frowned upon.




Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 2:18 pm
 

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Beasley 25 points 12 rebounds. White 17pts 10.7 rebounds. White having a great year but will not win player of the year. Will win Big Ten Player of the Year.

Beasley has had seven 30 + point games & one 40 point game & has had double digit rebounds in 20 out of 22 games.

White has had zero 30 point games & has had double digit rebounds in 16 of 23 games. Gordon has taken points away from him.

Beasley wins POY over Hansbrough. 2 man race.




Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2008 1:46 pm
 

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Most of them are in the NIT preseason tournament in the "preseason" Like Pitt, etc. In New york



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2008 1:37 pm
 

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UNC and Tyler H. should send the offficials flowers after Clemson shot 7 ft's while an aggressive phsical UNC team shot 36. If you wear blue in the ACC and are at home-the game is already decided by the refs.



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2008 1:34 pm
 

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cornbread



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 11:54 am
 

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I need someone to answer a question we have about Dukes schedule. Is it coincidence or does Coach K not schedule games on a non conference opponents home floor. I've noticed it seems all of their games are scheduled on a neutral floor. Just wandering when it started and why.




Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2008 9:42 am
 

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It's hard to consider a player for POY that is not even the best player on his own team!  IU was an OK team last year.  Now... add Gordon and they are one of the top teams in the nation....



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