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Posted on: February 27, 2008 2:53 am

Vandy beat a good team.

New Mexico still hasn't.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: Vanderbilt did what it always does to top-ranked teams that dare enter Memorial Gym, which is to say the Commodores sent them home humbled. Tennessee was the victim this time. The Commodores beat the Vols 72-69. They've now won their past four meetings against top-ranked opponents in Nashville, a stretch that includes last year's win over eventual national champion Florida. Shan Foster had 32 points for Vanderbilt. Jermaine Beal added 17.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Trent Plaisted hit two free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining to finish with 23 points in BYU's 70-69 overtime victory at New Mexico. Plaisted made 9-of-15 field goal attempts to reach double-figures for the 22nd time this season, and it was an effort that ripped the momentum out of New Mexico's NCAA Tournament hopes because a win for the Lobos would've given them the signature victory they so desperately need. As it stands, Steve Alford's team is still winless against the Top 50 at, and now New Mexico must beat UNLV next week or run the risk of being omitted from the NCAA Tournament despite a current record of 22-6.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Kentucky's attempt to get back into serious NCAA Tournament consideration will continue when the Wildcats host Ole Miss at Rupp Arena at 8 p.m. ET. UK got off to a horrendous start, and for a number of reasons. But Billy Gillispie now has a team that's won eight of its past 10 games -- including home victories over Tennessee and Arkansas -- and it's no longer absurd to think the Wildcats can earn an at-large bid, if only because the 'bubble teams' also under consideration for the NCAA Tournament are similarly underwhelming. At any rate, the experts who counted out UK long ago -- and yes, I'm including myself in that bunch -- might end up looking stupid if the Wildcats handle Ole Miss because they'll then be 16-10 overall and 10-3 in the SEC. Is that great? No. But it just might be good enough for this particular season.
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2008 7:15 pm

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UTenn has been in some of the best games this year! But, Memphis and Vanderbilt are right there. Slight edge to UTenn, still the best team in the state.

Regarding ranking Wisconsin in recent comments: Yeah, Purdue deserves to go to the head of the BigTen, and any rankings, cause Wisconsin has a wimpy pre-conference schedule (as does most of the BigTen besides MSU, and (surprisingly) OSU, this year. So, as for ranking Wisconsin, or any BigTen team, only MSU deserves to be ranked (at all) based on their season resume. So, its okay with me if you do not rank any other BigTen teams, especially Purdue, whose comparative season resume is the "worst" of the top 4 teams! Besides, we have the BigTen Network, and for us "diehard BigTen fans," the rankings may be gorssly meaningless.

Bo, is sly. I have not figured out what he is doing. Sure, you got to go with Butch, but the "steel guy" (Steisma) coming off the bench is a lockdown, paralyzer under the defensive basket, can score, and handles the basketball well enough. I am still puzzled as to why Greg did not play those last 5 to 6 minutes of the home game against Purdue.

And it appears that Bo is still willing to take the risk that Hughes will develop beyond the "playground." There was a critical point in the home game against Purdue, late 2nd half, Hughes on a steal (I think), and breakway against two, athletic Purdue defenders. Does Hughes look for a pass opportunity (No!), does he think to pull up (No!), did he imagine that Landry was just behind him for the drop-behind pass (No!), instead he tries a ridiculous "playground" shot that was stuffed by a rather average defensive effort! It could have been a critical, turning point in the game. Hughes needs to realize he's in the BigTen! not on playgrounds where nobody plays defense!

Incidentally, I live and die BADGERs! MICHAEL FLOWERS, the best strong guard in the country who will not be mentioned in All-American consideration! Wait till you see what we got coming next year!


Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2008 3:08 pm

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There are discrepancies between and the RPI we use here at CBS.


I have no idea. But is considered the gospel. So I just use it because otherwise I'd get notes from people wanting to know why I said Texas was No. 3 in the RPI (like it is at CBS right now) when said it was No. 4. Either way, I think the important thing is to be consistent, use the same one every time. So I just use -- mostly because it's always what I've used.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2008 10:39 am

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I'm curious. CBS has an RPI estimate on the site, why do you always quote

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2008 9:20 am

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Game was played with great intensity but that gym floor arrangement makes coaching job very difficult. I guess the team bench has to be that way because of the building design. I think it gives Vandy a huge advantage because of them being used to playing all their home games there. All in all I though it was a great game and shows that the SEC is a lot stronger than some people might think.

GO BIG Blue!!

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2008 9:14 am

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What's happened to Tony Mejia? As much as I enjoy reading your columns on college basketball, I'd also like to see some opinions on the NBA from someone on CBS. His blog has disappeared and he didn't do the power rankings this week. Has he quit / been fired / been quietly dragged out into the woods and 'dealt with' in a Sopranos style dispute?

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