What You Need To Know
Posted on: February 29, 2008 10:37 am
Wisconsin is in good shape in the Big Ten.
Luke Harangody is in good shape in the Big East Player of the Year race.
Here's Friday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.
Notable game from Thursday: Wisconsin remained tied in the loss column atop the Big Ten standings (with Indiana and Purdue) thanks to a 57-42 victory over Michigan State. Looking ahead, this could be the win that gives the Badgers the league title because their final two regular season games are against Penn State (home) and Northwestern (away). Meantime, Indiana still has to go to Michigan State and Purdue still has to go to Ohio State. In other words, Wisconsin's remaining schedule is the most favorable -- which makes the Badgers the wise pick at this point.
Notable performance from Thursday: Luke Harangody did nothing to damage his charge towards a Big East Player of the Year honor in Notre Dame's 90-85 loss at Louisville. Sure, it would've been nice if he, you know, wouldn't have lost the game. But the sophomore forward finished with 40 points and 12 rebounds on a 16-of-28 shooting effort that included the first, second and third 3-pointers of his career. Harangody's point total was the higest by a Notre Dame player since Monty Williams scored 42 against Valpo in 1993. It was Harangody's 17th double-double of the season.
Notable game scheduled for the weekend: West Virginia sure could use a solid road win to bolster its resume, and Saturday's contest at Connecticut provides an opportunity. The Mountaineers are 0-4 in road games against Top 100 opponents -- losing at Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Villanova. Their best road win came at Providence. So this is huge for West Virginia, and if it loses here and then at home to Pittsburgh next week its NCAA Tournament hopes could be in serious jeopardy.