What You Need To Know
Posted on: March 6, 2008 12:04 am
Tennessee clinched its first outright league title in 41 years.
Shan Foster scored 42 points for the first time in his career.
Here's Thursday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.
Notable game from Wednesday: Tennessee set a school-record for victories by overcoming a 16-point deficit and holding on for an 89-86 victory at Florida. The win pushed the Vols to 27-3 overall, 13-2 in the SEC. More importantly, it clinched their first outright league title in 41 years and pretty much ensured they will earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament as long as they do not lose at home this weekend to South Carolina.
Notable performance from Wednesday: Shan Foster -- he of the column-worthy first name -- sank a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lead Vanderbilt to an 86-85 victory against Mississippi State. The Commodores' all-time leading scorer finished with a career-high 42 points, thanks mostly to the fact that he made his final nine 3-point attempts. The effort helped Vandy finish 19-0 at Memorial Gym, a place where it has won 32 of its past 33 contests.
Notable game scheduled for Thursday: The two best teams in the Pac-10 featuring the the best big men in the Pac-10 will get together for the second time this season when No. 3 UCLA and No. 7 Stanford meet at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are 26-3 overall, 14-2 in the league and led by freshman Kevin Love, who is averaging 17.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The Cardinal is 24-4 overall, 13-3 in the league and led by sophomore Brook Lopez, who is averaging 19.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. UCLA has won 10 of its past 11 games. Stanford has won 11 of its past 12 games. If the Bruins win they will earn their third consecutive outright Pac-10 title. Tip-off is set for 11 p.m. ET.