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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.
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Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2008 2:58 pm


As a Hoya fan who's never been particularly sold on Harangody (my fellow GU alums and I comment that, in our most generous moods, we strain to call him a poor man's Psycho T), I've got to say that the Notre Dame big man's performance at the end of the Louisville game was one of the most impressive single player efforts I've seen so far this season.

Louisville held a comfortable lead throughout the contest, scoring at will and holding the Kyle McAlarney to an abysmal shooting percentage fresh off the heels of a 30 point game.  They never appeared threatened. Then, with about five minutes to go, Harangody became the Forrest Gump to the Irish's collective Bubba and threw that team on his back, making a mad dash towards the win.  Through sheer willpower, the Irish put a genuine look of concern on Pitino's face, especially after the two missed technicals following Notre Dame's Webber-esque "timeout." 

On behalf of the rest of the Georgetown fan base, huzzah, Luke Harangody.  That was a heckuvan effort.  (But we still don't for a moment believe Doris Burke's assertion that your body fat percentage is in the "single digits.")

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2008 12:00 pm

What You Need To Know

These games  may not rank as the "notable games" for the weekend however the outcome of the Vanderbilt vs Arkansas  and Kentucky vs Tennessee can have some big impact in the SEC conference. Seedings are at  risk as these teams start the last 3 or so games before the SEC tournament.

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