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What You Need To Know

Posted on: February 21, 2008 8:24 am
Edited on: February 21, 2008 2:41 pm
 

Duke didn't look like a top five team.

But Memphis and Tennessee sure did.

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

Notable game from Wednesday:
Mike Krzyzewski suggested afterward that somebody might've invaded his players' bodies. If so, the invaders clearly aren't very good at basketball because they have caused Duke to lose two consecutive games -- the latest being that 96-95 loss at Miami that served as the Blue Devils' first loss to the Hurricanes in 45 years. Miami is now again in good shape as it relates to the NCAA Tournament and North Carolina is back in play in the ACC race. As for Duke, it needs to snap this losing streak Saturday against Saint John's. "We're going to turn this thing back around," said DeMarcus Nelson. "We've been too good all year to have whatever it is holding us back as a team. We're definitely going to find out what it is and address it. Our season is not going on a downward spiral."

Notable performance(s) from Wednesday: Ramar Smith hit 6-of-7 shots and finished with 19 points to lead Tennessee to an 89-70 blowout of Auburn that extended the Vols' winning streak to eight games. Meantime, Chris Douglas-Roberts made 13-of-17 shots and finished with 29 points to lead Memphis to a 97-71 blowout of Tulane that extended the Tigers' winning streak to 25 games. So, as expected, No. 1 Memphis and No. 2 Tennessee avoided slip-ups in their tune-ups for Saturday's showdown at FedExForum, and now John Calipari and Bruce Pearl can get back to taking subtle jabs at each other, which is always fun.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: If UMass wants to make the NCAA Tournament it needs to start stringing wins, and at Rhode Island would be a good place to start. The Minutemen already have a victory over RIU that came earlier this month. But they head into this match-up tied for ninth in the Atlantic 10, and if they lose here they'll have 10 overall losses and an uphill climb ahead of them given that the rest of the schedule offers no opportunities for solid wins. In other words, If UMass doesn't beat RIU it had better plan on winning the A-10 Tournament. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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Comments

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 5:44 pm
 

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Gary, Its URI, University of Rhode Island, not RIU. Get it right.



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 3:11 pm
 

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I do not see a loss to the number one team especially if they regrouped and win their road SEC game on Tuesday at Memorial gym against Vanderbilt  being a total disaster for Tennessee even in the polls

 

Good luck and it should be a great game.

Nope, a loss here by either team won't cost them unless it is followed up by another one. It will cost one of them a shot at a #1 overall seed so it does have some potential impact. Naturally I pull for the Tigers and so we can disagree with the outcome (the hope anyway)....



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2008 1:46 pm
 

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"memphisbandwagonFan" I only liked Memphis cause they started winning a lot the last two seasons, but now I think Tennessee must be my favorite.

I predict some chum has already said this and it drives me crazy.

CAL rotation..rotation..rotation, the fresher the legs the better the game.




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 1:22 pm
 

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Wow, I didn't know that CDR played for Tennessee, or that the 'Tennessee Tigers' were 25-0. 



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2008 1:09 pm
 

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Didn't  think CBS had an edit button?Considering that I spelled his name with one R, I guess I don't have any right to complain about his inaccuracies.  Doh!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2008 1:03 pm
 

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Gary...are you slipping with your writing skills...I know its just one word but that word is "Tennessee."  I can tell where you are leaning for Saturday's game...and it's scary.  You must have been up too late practicing for your radio gig. 

"Chris Douglas-Roberts made 13-of-17 shots and finished with 29 points to lead Tennessee to a 97-71 blowout of Tulane that extended the Tigers' winning streak to 25 games"




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 12:21 pm
 

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Didn't  think CBS had an edit button?



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2008 12:20 pm
 

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Notable performance(s) from Wednesday: Ramar Smith hit 6-of-7 shots and finished with 19 points to lead Tennessee to an 89-70 blowout of Auburn that extended the Vols' winning streak to eight games. Meantime, Chris Douglas-Roberts made 13-of-17 shots and finished with 29 points to lead Tennessee to a 97-71 blowout of Tulane that extended the Tigers' winning streak to 25 games. So, as expected, No. 1 Memphis and No. 2 Tennessee avoided slip-ups in their tune-ups for Saturday's showdown at FedExForum, and now John Calipari and Bruce Pearl can get back to taking subtle jabs at each other, which is always fun. C'mon Parish.  Use the edit button. 



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 12:15 pm
 

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I guess it will come under the What You Need to Know on for games schedule for Saturday however even though I am pulling for Tennessee Volunteers to win  I do not see a loss to the number one team especially if they regrouped and win their road SEC game on Tuesday at Memorial gym against Vanderbilt  being a total disaster for Tennessee even in the polls

Am I just dreaming?




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 12:10 pm
 

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 I am pretty sure RIU = Rhode Island University  especially if you read the whole paragraph where Parrish is referring to the early game


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