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Posted on: February 16, 2009 12:37 am
 

What You Need To Know

BOSTON -- Duke lost again.

North Carolina did not.

Here's Monday's What You Need To Know :

Notable game from Sunday: Boston College, picked 11th in the ACC, now has wins over North Carolina and Duke thanks to the weekend's 80-74 victory over the Blue Devils. BC is now 19-8 overall, 7-5 in the ACC. The Eagles' seven league wins is tied for second-most in the ACC. Duke, now 20-5 overall, has dropped three of its past four games.

Notable performance from Sunday: Jack McClinton took 25 shots, made 13 and finished with 35 points in Miami's 69-65 loss to North Carolina. In other words, he got more than half of the Hurricanes' points, thanks mostly to a 7-of-12 effort from 3-point range. It was the third straight game in which McClinton has scored at least 32.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: This week the night dubbed Big Monday actually lives up to its name thanks to a Big East showdown between No. 1 Connecticut and No. 4 Pittsburgh. The Huskies are 24-1 overall, 12-1 in the Big East. Pitt is 23-2 overall, 10-2 in the Big East. Tip-off is set for 7 pm ET. I will be there, if you care.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 13, 2009 8:25 am
 

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Demetri McCamey hit a big shot late.

Arizona kept its winning streak alive.

Here's Friday's What You Need To Know :

Notable game from Thursday: Illinois overcame a late 14-point deficit and won 60-59 at Northwestern thanks to Demetri McCamey's banked-in jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining that capped a 17-2 run to close the game. It was the Illini's 10th consecutive victory over Northwestern, their third in four games against Big Ten opponents this month. Illinois is now 20-5 overall, 8-4 in the Big Ten and second in the league standings. Northwestern is 13-9 overall, 4-7 in the Big Ten.

Notable performance from Thursday: Nic Wise took 11 shots, hit eight and finished with 27 points in Arizona's 83-76 victory over Southern California. The 5-foot-10 guard also dished four assists and recorded two steals, which helped Arizona pull away late -- after blowing an 18-point first-half lead -- to win its sixth consecutive game. The Wildcats are now 17-8 overall, 7-5 in the Pac-10. USC is 15-8 overall, 6-5 in the Pac-10.

Notable game scheduled for Friday: West Virginia is 16-8 overall, 5-6 in the Big East, and on the surface that doesn't look so great. But what must be considered is that the Mountaineers have played the sixth-toughest schedule at CollegeRPI.com, never lost to anybody outside the top 65 and lost at home only to Connecticut and Pitt. That's not a bad body of work, but we are reaching the point where West Virginia needs to record wins over some of these good teams it is playing (2-7 record against the Top 50). Thus, this showdown with 13th-ranked Villanova is huge, and tip-off is at 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 12, 2009 9:16 am
 

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Xavier lost again.

So did Wake Forest.

Here's Thursday's What You Need To Know :

Notable game from Wednesday: Dayton beat Xavier for the first time in seven tries, leaving Saint Joseph's as the lone one-loss team in the Atlantic 10. Final score: 71-58. And the key was Chris Wright, a sophomore forward who scored the final nine points for the Flyers and finished with 19. Dayton is now 22-3 overall, 8-2 in the A-10. Xavier is 20-4 overall, 8-2 in the A-10.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Brandon Costner took 13 shots, made eight and finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead North Carolina State to an 82-76 win over Wake Forest, meaning the Demon Deacons have dropped four of six since earning the No. 1 ranking Jan. 19. Costner scored 11 consecutive points during a stretch early in the second half to help the Wolfpack hold on. He's now scored at least 20 in three of his past five outings.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: A pair of the nation's best guards -- namely Darren Collison and James Harden -- will battle when UCLA visits Arizona State for a showdown between two likely NCAA tournament teams. UCLA is 19-4 overall, 8-2 in the Pac-10. Arizona State is 18-5 overall, 7-4 in the Pac-10. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 11, 2009 12:16 am
 

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Jodie Meeks hit a wild game-winner.

Marquette lost for the second consecutive time.

Here's Wednesday morning's What You Need To Know:

Notable game from Tuesday: There was a classic at Rupp Arena, one in which Jodie Meeks buried a stepback 3-pointer over Nick Calathes with 4.7 seconds remaining to give Kentucky a 68-65 victory against Florida. Those points were the final points of the night, but that's hardly where things finished, because Calathes rushed the ball up the court after Meeks' shot, launched a 25-footer near the buzzer and was fouled with less than a second left. If he could make three free throws, the game would go to overtime. But he missed the first. And the second. And the third (on purpose), all of which ruined an otherwise incredible effort for Calathes, who finished with 33 points and seven rebounds while shooting 10-of-20 from the field. Also worth noting: Kentucky's Patrick Patterson left in the second half with an apparent ankle injury. He did not return.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Scottie Reynolds made 10 of 17 field goal attempts and finished with 27 points in No. 13 Villanova's 102-84 victory over No. 10 Marquette. The 6-foot-2 guard has now scored at least 27 points in two of his past three outings, which has helped the Wildcats win for the sixth consecutive time and run their record to 20-4 overall, 8-3 in the Big East. This was the second straight loss for Marquette, which is 20-4 overall, 9-2 in the Big East.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Have you heard that North Carolina and Duke are playing? It's been under-hyped, and there's a chance Oklahoma-Baylor could overshadow it. But either way, I wanted to make sure you all know No. 3 UNC and No. 6 Duke will be on the court together, with the main story line being Tyler Hansbrough's attempt to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the fourth time in four years. The Tar Heels enter with a 21-2 overall record featuring a 7-2 mark in the ACC. Duke is 20-3 overall, 7-2 in the ACC. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:28 am
Edited on: February 10, 2009 12:36 am
 

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Missouri notched a huge win.

Sam Young had a big game.

Here's Tuesday morning's What You Need To Know :

Notable game from Monday: Missouri overcame a double-digit halftime deficit -- because the Tigers only scored 16 points in the first 20 minutes -- to beat Kansas on Zaire Taylor's leaning jumper from just outside the lane with 1.3 seconds remaining. Final score: Missouri 62, Kansas 60. So now the Tigers are 21-4 overall, 8-2 in the Big 12 and well on their way to their first NCAA tournament under Mike Anderson. Kansas dropped to 19-5 overall, 8-1 in the Big 12, which leaves Oklahoma alone atop the league standings with a 9-0 record.

Notable performance from Monday: Sam Young took 12 shots, made seven and finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in Pittsburgh's 70-59 victory over West Virginia. This was Young's fourth 20-point effort in his past seven games. It helped Pitt improve to 22-2 overall, 9-2 in the Big East. WVU is 16-8 overall, 5-6 in the Big East.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: Marquette dropped its first Big East game at South Florida last Friday night, and this subsequent road game can only be described as tougher. The 10th-ranked Golden Eagles are at 13th-ranked Villanova, which is 19-4 overall, 7-3 in the Big East and on a five-game winning streak. Marquette is 20-3 overall, 9-1 in the Big East. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 9, 2009 1:29 am
Edited on: February 9, 2009 3:50 pm
 

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Purdue lost again without Robbie Hummel.

Wake Forest (finally) won again thanks to Jeff Teague.

Here's Monday morning's What You Need To Know :

Notable game from Sunday: Illinois rebounded from a loss at Wisconsin with a 66-48 win over a Purdue team that is struggling without Robbie Hummel (out with an injury for the second straight game). Sophomore Mike Davis had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in 32 minutes. The victory pushed Illinois to 19-5 overall, 7-4 in the Big Ten and into a tie with Ohio State for second in the league standings. Purdue is 17-6 overall, 6-4 in the Big Ten.

Notable performance from Sunday: Jeff Teague took 12 shots, made six and finished with 27 points thanks to an 11-of-12 effort from the free throw line in Wake Forest's 93-76 win over Boston College. A 6-2 guard, Teague was 4-of-6 from three-point range and a big reason why the Demon Deacons shot 54.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 from the free throw line. It Teague's his first 20-point performance in nearly three weeks, Wake Forest's first win since that Jan. 28 victory over Duke.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: Kansas will play the first of two straight road games when it visits Missouri for a showdown between two of the Big 12's best three teams. The Jayhawks are 19-4 overall, 8-0 in the Big 12 and enjoying an eight-game winning streak. Missouri is 20-4 overall, 7-2 in the Big 12 and the winners of three straight games. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 6, 2009 12:45 am
 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Xavier got another A-10 win.

Rhode Island, too.

Here's Friday morning's What You Need To Know:

Notable game from Thursday: B.J. Raymond scored 24 points to lead ninth-ranked Xavier to an 83-74 win over Temple that kept the Musketeers perfect in the Atlantic 10. Sean Miller's team is now 20-2 overall (only losses to Duke and Butler in back-to-back games in December), 8-0 in the A-10. Temple is 12-9 overall, 4-3 in the A-10.

Notable performance from Thursday: Jimmy Baron scored all 19 of his points in the second half -- including the game-clincher with 25 seconds remaining -- to lead Rhode Island to a 71-64 victory at Charlotte. The senior guard was 6-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Rams, who have won four consecutive games to improve to 16-7 overall, 5-3 in the Atlantic 10. Charlotte is 7-14 overall, 1-6 in the A-10.

Notable game scheduled for Friday: Buzz Williams has Marquette alone atop the Big East standings with a 20-2 record that includes a 9-0 mark in league play heading into this game at South Florida. The Golden Eagles have won 12 consecutive games, thanks largely to Jerel McNeal. He's averaging 26.3 points, 6.3 assists and 3.7 steals in his past three outings. USF is 7-14 overall, 2-7 in the Big East. Tip-off is set for 7 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 5, 2009 3:16 am
 

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Notre Dame lost again.

So did Texas.

Here's Thursday morning's What You Need To Know:

Notable game from Wednesday: There were lots of lopsided/shocking outcomes -- Clemson pounding Duke, Miami dismantling Wake Forest, Michigan State destroying Minnesota, etc. -- but the most notable game of the night, from my perspective, was Cincinnati's win over Notre Dame. Why? Because the Bearcats' 93-83 victory dropped the Irish to 12-9 overall and 3-7 in the Big East heading into Saturday's tilt at UCLA, meaning the Irish will likely be 12-10 by the end of the weekend. Remember, this is a team that was ranked ninth in the preseason AP poll and considered by many (including yours truly) to be a serious Final Four candidate. As it is, the Irish will now need a massive turnaround (and a whole bunch of luck) just to make the NCAA tournament, because even an optimist would have a hard time creating a scenario under which they won't have at least 13 or 14 losses on Selection Sunday given that there are still road games against UCLA, Providence, West Virginia and Connecticut -- plus a home game against Louisville and the Big East tournament -- to be played.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Zaire Taylor took nine shots, made six -- including the game-winner -- and finished with 17 points, thee assists, three rebounds and three steals in Missouri's 69-65 win at Texas. Taylor entered averaging only 5.3 points per game, which was seventh on the team. But he hit three of four 3-point attempts to help deal Texas (15-6 overall, 4-3 in the Big 12) its second consecutive home loss while improving Missouri to 19-4 overall, 6-2 in the Big 12.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: Two teams headed in opposite directions will meet in a pivotal Big Ten showdown when Penn State visits Michigan. The Nittany Lions have won four consecutive games to improve to 17-5 overall, 6-3 in the league. They're coming off Sunday's win at Michigan State. Meantime, the Wolverines have lost five of their past six outings, four of which came on the road. They're 14-8 overall, 4-6 in the Big Ten. Tip-off is set for 7 pm ET.

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