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What You Need To Know

Posted on: March 4, 2008 9:22 am

Pat Knight set another record.

Joe Alexander matched his career high.

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

Notable game from Monday: Texas Tech kept its win-one-in-an-impressive-manner/los
e-one-by-a-huge-margin streak intact by getting hammered at Kansas. The Red Raiders lost 109-51. So Pat Knight has already set the record for the worst loss in school history. Twice. Even though he has only coached nine games. Knight lost by 44 points to Texas A&M last week. That was the record until he -- after somehow beating Texas -- lost to Kansas by 58. "I feel like someone put a meat necklace around my neck and threw me into a lion's den," Knight said, and while providing that quote the rookie coach became the first coach to ever use the term meat necklace. Nice term.

Notable performance from Monday: Joe Alexander got 32 points on a 10-of-16 shooting effort to lead West Virginia to a 76-62 victory over Pittsburgh that pushed the Mountaineers into sixth place in the Big East standings. The 32 points were 27 more than Alexander scored in last month's loss at Pitt. They also matched his career high.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: Ohio State is on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble following Saturday's loss at Minnesota, which makes this contest with 15th-ranked Purdue all the more important. The Buckeyes (17-12, 8-8 in the Big Ten) are a dismal 0-9 against the Top 50 at, losing to Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Indiana (twice), Butler, Purdue and Texas A&M. Their best wins to date are against Syracuse and Florida, meaning anything less than a strong finish will likely send Thad Matta to the NIT for the first time in his eight seasons as a head coach. Meantime, Matt Painter has no such problems. His Boilermakers (23-6, 14-2 in the Big Ten) are in position to win their first league title since 1996. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2008 12:30 am

What You Need To Know

Struggling Ohio State's victory over the Boilermakers doesn't quite make them NCAA Tournament material.  In fact, in my book, Ohio State needs to beat Michigan State in their finale at home to get on the right side of things.  But, a quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tourney will push them out for sure.  The Buckeyes need to play their semi-final opponent close all game and if they do that they can hope for a tournament bid on Selection Sunday. 

On the other side, the loss for Purdue gives the Badgers the Big Ten title to lose against two of the worst teams in the Conference.  So unless some wierd stuff goes down, the Big Ten seems to be decided.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2008 10:22 am

Boiler Up

BTFU.  You know it.  Just take care of business boys.  OSU is almost down for the count.

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