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Posted on: February 15, 2008 6:01 am
Arizona State upset Stanford.

Tyrese Rice got 32 against N.C. State.

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

Notable game from Thursday: Arizona State improved to 4-0 in overtime games with a 72-68 upset of seventh-ranked Stanford. The Sun Devils trailed by seven points with 1:49 remaining in regulation but rallied behind freshman star James Harden (23 points, five rebounds and five assists) to earn their third win over a ranked opponent in two years under Herb Sendek. "A lot of guys don't like to play OTs," ASU's Jeff Pendergraph told reporters afterward. "We love it."

Notable performance from Thursday: Tyrese Rice made 12-of-18 shots -- including 3-of-6 3-point attempts -- to finish with 32 points, six assists and four rebounds in Boston College's 82-65 thrashing of North Carolina State. It was the kind of effort that sent the Wolfpack to the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, and at this point the ACC seems like a four-bid league. Meantime, Rice is averaging 30 points and 6.5 assists in his past two outings.

Notable game scheduled for Friday: There's no need to wait until Saturday to get your college basketball fix this weekend considering No. 22 Pittsburgh will visit Marquette on Friday night in a contest expected to mark the return of Pitt point guard Levance Fields. A 5-foot-10 junior, Fields hasn't played since breaking a bone in his left foot during an 80-55 loss at Dayton on Dec. 29. The Panthers managed to go 8-4 in his absence, impressive given the nature of the Big East. And if they can win at Marquette they will clinch their seventh consecutive 20-win season, though it's worth noting Pitt has lost three straight trips to Marquette since a 24-18 win in 1930. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2008 2:48 pm

What You Need To Know

With that scenerio, I'd say Travis Ford's bunch would need to get to the championship game of the A-10 tourney to get an at-large bid.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2008 11:57 am

How about UMass nerfing its tournament chances?

UMass now pretty much needs to win out and have a good Atlantic 10 showing after losing an unacceptable home game to Fordham last night. However their remaining schedule is easy with the only tough one at Rhode Island.

If they go 5-1 the rest of the way, that puts them at 20-9 and 9-7 in conference. Will a win or two in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament be enough?

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