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Posted on: March 5, 2008 12:39 am
Edited on: March 5, 2008 12:40 am

Ohio State got a rare Top 50 win.

Michael Beasley had a less-than-rare 30-point effort.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: Jamar Butler got 23 of his 25 points after halftime to lead Ohio State to an 80-77 overtime victory against 15th-ranked Purdue, one that gave the Buckeyes their first win in 10 tries against a Top 50 opponent at The victory pushed OSU to 18-12 overall, 9-8 in the Big Ten and into fifth place in the league. Purdue dropped to 23-7 overall, 14-3 in the Big Ten and into second place in the league, one game back in the loss column from Wisconsin.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Michael Beasley was stellar in what was -- barring something really stupid -- his final game at Bramlage Coliseum, finishing with 33 points and 14 rebounds in Kansas State's 78-72 victory over Colorado. The 6-foot-10 freshman and likely top pick in June's NBA Draft sank 12-of-22 shots and 8-of-10 free throw attempts while recording his 26th double-double. It was Beasley's fourth consecutive 30-point game, one that snapped the Wildcats' four-game losing streak and pushed them into third place in the Big 12 standings.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Florida remains very much on the bubble thanks to a 1-5 record against the Top 50 at and a body of work that features just one victory over a probable NCAA Tournament team (Vanderbilt). But the Gators (21-8, 8-6 in the SEC) have an opportunity to enhance their postseason credentials with this game against fourth-ranked Tennessee (26-3, 12-2 in the SEC). Problem is, these teams have already met once. It was last month in Knoxville, where the Vols exploded late to record a 104-82 victory. If UT wins again it will clinch at least a share of the SEC title and then Florida will almost certainly need a win at Kentucky this weekend to remain in decent shape as it pertains to earning an at-large bid. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET.
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Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2008 12:11 am

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The trouble for OSU is, their next two games are both going to be against MSU (regular season and then the 4-5 game in the BT quarters - they have the tiebreaker over Minnesota due to beating Purdue or playing Wisconsin only once, depending on how the standings at the top end up). I don't know if a split is enough (especially if the split involves a loss in the tourney).

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2008 2:07 pm

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A big win for Ohio State, a huge win, their biggest win of the season and even a surprising win in view of the things that have happened to the team the last month.  They are still alive for an NCAA invite -- even if barely.  They need to do some very good things in the next week. Even than it may not be enough but they have a chance now.  Congratulations to Ohio State on their win.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2008 8:03 pm

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Absolutely not, Venom1971.  Beasley may be a better NBA candidate than Tyler Hansbrough, but Tyler deserves National Player of the Year more than Beasley.  Tyler plays with better players against better teams and still dominates, and he has a better work ethic than probably anyone else in the country.  He stepped up for the Heels when Ty Lawson was gone and has been stellar ever since.  He'll lead his team much deeper into the tournament than Beasley will. I'm not taking away from Beasley's talent, I'm just saying that Tyler is more deserving.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2008 7:08 pm

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I will agree that Michael "Beastley" should be player of the year, but don't forget about Tyler Hansbrough. He is an upperclassman and the voters tend to like them a little more. As for Florida, if they don't beat the Vols, they will need to make the finals of the SEC tourney to go to the dance.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2008 12:06 pm

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Problem is, these teams have already met once. It was last month in Knoxville, where the Vols exploded late to record a 104-82 victory

I don't see any "Problem is".   If  you recall, and I know you do, Tennessee beat Vandy by 20 points in Knoxville earlier in the year, so how does Vandy respond in the rematch on their home court?  They knock off the Vols and end UT's first ever #1 ranking.

So the only problem --  is a determined and hungry Florida team on thier home court needing this win in the worst way.  The Vols had better be ready.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2008 1:29 am

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Michael Beasley should be the player of the year,hands down.He is one of the best college players I have seen in years.As for Florida,I think their chances of making the tourney are very slim at best.

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