What You Need To Know
Posted on: February 28, 2008 12:25 am
Edited on: February 29, 2008 10:21 am
Arkansas lost on the road.
Larry Bird lost a record.
As did Steve Nisenson.
Here's Thursday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.
Notable game from Wednesday: Arkansas' road woes continued with a 59-56 loss at Alabama that has the Hogs at risk of missing the NCAA Tournament despite starting the season in the Top 20. Arkansas is now 18-9 overall, 7-6 in the SEC and 2-6 in true road games. The Hogs have five losses outside the Top 100. Their best road win is at Auburn. Their best overall win is against Baylor. And somewhere, I'm guessing, Stan Heath must be chuckling, at least a little.
Notable performance from Wednesday: Move over, Larry Bird, because the 44 points you scored in 1977 at Hofheinz Pavilion are no longer the most in the building's history -- not after Robert McKiver dropped 52 on Southern Miss in a 95-67 victory. McKiver sank 17-of-34 shots -- including 7-of-17 3-point attempts -- while also hitting 11-of-12 free throws. Add it up and it equals 52, the most for a Houston player since Elvin Hayes got 55 against Southwestern in 1955.
(Another) Notable performance from Wednesday: Antoine Agudio finished with 24 points in Hofstra's 74-69 loss to Delaware. That's no big deal on the surface, I know. But it's worth noting that the effort pushed Agudio past Steve Nisenson (2,222 career points) and into the top spot on the school's all-time scoring list. Agudio broke the 43-year-old record with an 18-foot jumper early in the second half. He'll take 2,236 career points into Saturday's game against Drexel.
Notable game scheduled for Thursday: There are three teams -- Georgetown, Louisville and Notre Dame -- tied in the loss column atop the Big East standings, but that'll change when the final buzzer sounds on this Notre Dame-Louisvlle showdown set for Freedom Hall. The Irish (21-5 overall, 11-3 in the Big East) enter having won eight of their past nine games while Rick Pitino's Cards (22-6 overall, 12-3 in the Big East) have won seven straight. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.