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Posted on: February 25, 2008 1:54 am
Edited on: February 25, 2008 1:54 am

Drew Lavender is good at free throws.

Kyle McAlarney is amazing at 3-pointers.

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

Notable game from Sunday: Drew Lavender sank four free throws in the final 35 seconds to help Xavier to a 57-51 victory over Dayton that secured at least a share of the Atlantic 10 title. Meantime, Dayton has now dropped eight of its past 11 games, and there's little reason to believe the Flyers are going to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament given how it's late February and they are in 12th place in the A-10 standings.

Notable performance from Sunday: Kyle McAlarney further damaged Syracuse's NCAA Tournament hopes by scoring 30 points to lead Notre Dame to a 94-87 victory over the Orange. The junior guard made 9-of-11 3-point attempts to set a school record for 3-pointers in a game, and I'm sure he can't wait to see that Syracuse zone again.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: Kansas State has dropped two straight, and now the schedule really gets tough with a game against Texas. After that, it's Kansas. So don't be surprised if this two-game losing streak becomes a four-game losing streak, though any opponent is vulnerable when Michael Beasley is playing well. The fabulous freshman is coming off a 44-point effort. He's really good. But he'll need to be better than usual for KSU to upset the Big 12-leading Longhorns. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2008 7:12 pm

What You Need To Know

Gary,  whay are you so hard on UK?  They are playing good basketball and have bought into Billy G coaching style.  Sure they had some early losts to Gardner Webb and other smaller schools.  But Big Blue is playing good baskeball and should be included in the big dance if they continue to win in the SEC.  You either love UK or hate them, and it appears that you hate them.  I bleed blue!  Go Cats and prove Mr. Gary P wrong. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 10:35 am

What You Need To Know


Counting automatic bids and teams virtually locked for the NCAA tournament, barring a late season meltdown, there are currently 17 teams vying for 8 at large selections. RPI rankings aside, there is very little to separate the teams. Some schools do have the benefit of head to head wins over teams they are battling for at large selection. I will rank the teams from 1-17 (most likely - least likely). Argue away:


 1. UNLV

 2. Massachusetts

 3. Miami (Fla)

 4. Wake Forest

 5. Ohio State

 6. Houston

 7. Florida

 8. Western Kentucky

 9. Arkansas

10. Rhode Island

11. Villanova

12. Alabama Birmingham

13. Akron

14. George Mason

15. Kentucky

16. Illinois State

17. New Mexico


The teams with the best argument to be ranked in the top eight, in my opinion, are Villanova and George Mason. Kentucky has played good basketball once SEC play began, but has to overcome a horrendous non-league record. I recognize the Cats have had to overcome some early season injuries, but their body of work comes up short. They do have time to finish the season strong and make a statement in the SEC Tournament. Villanova can point to two close losses at the hands of terrible officials calls late in ball games.



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