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Posted on: December 7, 2009 8:28 am
 

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Oklahoma won its third straight.

Jerome Dyson missed a bunch of shots but still posted big numbers.

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

Notable game from Sunday: Willie Warren scored 25 points to lead Oklahoma to a 79-62 victory over Arizona. It was the Sooners' third straight win, this after losing three straight. They're now 5-3. Arizona is 3-4.

Notable performance from Sunday: Jerome Dyson nearly recorded a triple-double in Connecticut's 79-73 win over Harvard. The senior wing finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in 38 minutes despite hitting just one of 12 shots in the second half. Dyson was 8-of-23 from the field in the game. He has scored more than 20 in five of UConn's seven games.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: Long Beach State continues its ridiculous schedule with a tilt at Texas. The 49ers have already played Notre Dame, West Virginia, Clemson and UCLA, and they still have games remaining with Kentucky and Duke. Long Beach State is 4-3. Texas is 6-0. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:13 am
Edited on: December 4, 2009 11:18 am
 

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Texas Tech remained undefeated.

Tweety Carter shot Baylor to a significant win.

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

Notable game from Thursday: Texas Tech improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1929 with a 99-92 victory over No. 12 Washington. The game seemed to be won in regulation, but it actually took overtime because the officials ruled that Mike Singletary's running 3-pointer at the end of regulation left his hand slightly after time expired. To their credit, the officials made the right call, and it was the right call in a tough spot considering the home fans had already started celebrating. Either way, Texas Tech still won. John Roberson finished with 25 points. The fans stormed the court.

Notable performance from Thursday: Tweety Carter made seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points in Baylor's 64-61 victory over Arizona State. At one point in the second half, Carter made a 3-pointer on four of five possessions to spark a 13-0 run. Baylor improved to 7-1 (only loss to Alabama). Arizona State is now 6-2 (losses to Duke and Baylor).

Notable game scheduled for the weekend: The marquee game is North Carolina at Kentucky. The Tar Heels are 7-1, coming off a win over Michigan State and ranked 10th nationally. The Wildcats are 7-0 and ranked fifth nationally, but this is their first real test. Tip-off is set for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 3, 2009 1:58 am
Edited on: December 3, 2009 2:41 am
 

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Portland ensured its national ranking will not last.

Trevon Hughes ensured the ACC's dominance of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will not last.

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

Notable game from Wednesday: Remember how Portland advanced to the finals of the 76 Classic and entered the AP poll for the first time in 50 years? Well, all those good things didn't last long, because the Pilots followed them up by losing 86-82 to Portland State. How did it happen? It happened because the Vikings hit 15 of 25 3-point attempts. Consequently, they've now won four consecutive games against Portland. But none of the previous mattered as much as this one, because this one will probably remove Portland from the rankings.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Trevon Hughes got 26 points in Wisconsin's 73-69 victory over sixth-ranked Duke that helped the Big Ten win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the first time in 11 tries. Hughes was 9-of-16 from the field, 4-of-7 from 3-point range. It marked the fifth time in six games that Hughes has scored in double-digits.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: The undefeated Washington Huskies will play the undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Washington is 5-0. Texas Tech is 7-0. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 2, 2009 10:06 am
 

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North Carolina beat Michigan State again.

Lance Stephenson grabbed 11 rebounds.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: North Carolina beat Michigan State 89-82 in a game billed as a rematch of last season's NCAA tournament final despite the key players involved, at least on the UNC side, being different. Ed Davis led UNC with 22 points. Larry Drew had 18. UNC improved to 7-1. Michigan State is 5-2 (other loss to Florida)

Notable performance from Tuesday: Lance Stephenson missed three times as many shots as he took but still finished with a nice stat line. The Cincinnati freshman got seven points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in a 94-57 win over Texas Southern. Stephenson is now averaging 10.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: The Big Ten/ACC Challenge wraps with what could be the deciding game -- Florida State at Ohio State. The Seminoles are 6-1 (only loss to Florida). The Buckeyes are 5-1 (only loss to North Carolina). Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET.
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Posted on: December 1, 2009 8:26 am
Edited on: December 1, 2009 11:46 am
 

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Talor Battle scored a bunch of points.

John Wall dished a bunch of assists.

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

Notable game from Monday: Talor Battle scored 28 second-half points (and 32 total) to lead Penn State to a 69-66 victory over Virginia in the first game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Nittany Lions became the first Big Ten team to win three consecutive games in the annual matchup of conferences. They beat Virginia Tech in 2007, Georgia Tech last year. Still, the Big Ten has never won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Notable performance from Monday: John Wall got 12 points, 14 assists and six rebounds in Kentucky's 94-67 victory over UNC-Asheville. Wall played 26 minutes. The freshman point guard is now averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: The Big Ten/ACC Challenge continues with the marquee game of the event -- Michigan State at North Carolina -- set for the Dean Dome and billed as a rematch of last season's national title game. The No. 9 Spartans enter with a 5-1 record (only loss to Florida) while the 10th-ranked Tar Heels are 6-1 (only loss to Syracuse). Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 30, 2009 10:31 am
Edited on: November 30, 2009 10:33 am
 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Florida State came back to win the Old Spice Classic.

Demontez stitt sank two huge free throws to beat Butler.

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

Notable game from Sunday: Florida State trailed by 12 at halftime but rallied for a 57-56 win over Marquette in the title game of the 76 Classic. Solomon Alibi hit a jumper with 11.9 seconds remaining to secure the win. FSU improved to 6-1 (only loss to Florida). Marquette is now 6-1, too.

Notable performance from Sunday: Demontez Stitt went to the free throw line with 3.3 seconds remaining, his team down a point, on the verge of dropping to 1-2 in the 76 Classic. But the junior helped Clemson avoid the loss by sinking both free throws to give the Tigers a 70-69 win over Butler. So the Bulldogs were the ones who dropped to 1-2 in the 76 Classic while Stitt finished with 19 points and three assists to ensure the Tigers remained ranked.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: The ACC-Big Ten Challenge starts with Penn State at Virginia. The Nittany Lions enter 4-2, just like the Cavaliers. The Big Ten has never won the event. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 26, 2009 1:29 am
 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gonzaga won the Maui Invitational.

John Wall won MVP of the Cancun Challenge.

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

Notable game from Wednesday: Gonzaga took the Maui Invitational with a 61-59 overtime win against Cincinnati. Robert Sacre led the Zags with 14 points and five rebounds, although his most memorable moments came when he missed two free throws in the final seconds that could've clinched the win. Instead, Cincinnati had a chance to tie or win at the end of overtime. But Cashmere Wright missed a runner near the buzzer, and Gonzaga improved to 5-1 (lone loss to Michigan State). Cincinnati dropped to 4-1, but you can still expect to see the Bearcats when the Top 25 (and one) is updated late Sunday. They finished 2-1 in Maui with wins over Vanderbilt and Maryland.

Notable performance from Wednesday: John Wall sank a 12-foot jumper with 30.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the score, then buried two free throws with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. It was an awesome display of talent and poise, and it's what allowed Kentucky to ultimately escape with a 73-65 victory over Stanford in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. Wall finished with 23 points and five assists in 45 minutes. The freshman point guard is now averaging 19.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: The 76 Classic gets underway here in the shadows of Disneyland (just watched a fireworks show out of my hotel window, by the way) with four games featuring at least seven schools expected to make the NCAA tournament. Butler-Minnesota is the only first-round match-up that puts two ranked teams against each other. The Bulldogs are ranked 12th, the Gophers 22nd. Tip-off for that game is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, although the first of the four games (West Virginia-Long Beach State) tips at 2 p.m. ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 25, 2009 3:16 am
Edited on: November 25, 2009 3:19 am
 

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Florida dominated Florida State.

Kim English dominated Chattanooga.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: Florida took a step toward proving it's on its way back to the NCAA tournament in a 68-52 win over Florida State. Kenny Boynton, Alex Tyus and Erving Walker each scored 13 points, and the Gators -- who led by 20 at halftime -- held FSU to 33.3 percent shooting from the field. Florida is now 4-0 heading into Friday's game against Michigan State. Florida State dropped to 3-1.

Notable performance from Tuesday: I listed Missouri's Kim English as the Big 12's "Breakthrough Player" in the league preview , and he's done nothing to make me look stupid. The sophomore guard got 26 points in a 99-56 win over Chattanooga, this after a 25-point performance against Texas-Pan American. English is now averaging 19.0 points per game and shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range. The Tigers are 3-0.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Gonzaga and Cincinnati will meet in the championship game of the Maui Invitational with the winner guaranteed a spot in next week's national rankings, and perhaps the loser, too. Gonzaga enters with a 4-1 record (only loss to Michigan State) thanks to Tuesday's win over Wisconsin. Cincinnati is 4-0 with wins over Vanderbilt and Maryland. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET.

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