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Posted on: November 24, 2009 2:17 am

What You Need To Know

Purdue edged Tennessee.

Yancy Gates destroyed Vanderbilt.

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

Notable game from Monday: Wayne Chism badly missed an open 3-pointer in the final seconds, allowing No. 6 Purdue to escape with a 73-72 victory over No. 9 Tennessee in the championship game of the Paradise Jam. Purdue's E'Twaun Moore (22 points) and Robbie Hummel (20 points and seven rebounds) combined for 42 points. Chism led the Vols with 24.

Notable performance from Monday: Yancy Gates finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cincinnati to a 67-58 victory over Vanderbilt in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The 6-9 forward was 7-of-13 from the field, 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Next up is a game against Maryland in the second round of the Maui Invitational.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: Texas and Pitt will put their undefeated records on the line when they meet in the championship game of the CBE Classic. The Longhorns are 3-0 and ranked No. 3 in the AP poll. The Panthers are 4-0 and unranked. Tip-off is set for 9:50 p.m. ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 23, 2009 4:33 am

What You Need To Know

Some of you have asked why I stopped doing the What You Need To Know post every morning.

The answer: I forgot about it.

Honestly, I just forgot.

But now I've remembered.

So ...

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

Notable game from Sunday: Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points to lead Villanova to a 79-67 win over Ole Miss in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off. Antonio Pena added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats, who improved to 5-0 and looked very much like a team capable of returning to the Final Four. Ole Miss dropped to 4-1.

Notable performance from Sunday:
Iowa State star Craig Brackins took 17 shots, made 11 and finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Cyclones' 96-55 win over Mississippi Valley State. Brackins, a 6-foot-10 junior, is now averaging 18.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Iowa State is 4-0.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: Purdue is No. 8 in the new Top 25 (and one) while Tennessee is No. 14. The two schools will meet in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Boilermakers are 3-0; UT is 4-0. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 6, 2009 8:39 am

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Talor Battle kept Penn State's at-large hopes alive.

Xavier won another Atlantic 10 championship.

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

Notable game from Thursday: Talor Battle frantically ran the ball up the court, got to the rim, tossed a leaner off the backboard, watched it fall through and subsequently celebrated a 64-63 victory over 23rd-ranked Illinois that has Penn State in position to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Nittany Lions (21-9 overall, 10-7 in the Big Ten) have now tied the school's regular-season record for wins, and they could break it Saturday at Iowa. They have six Top 50 wins, including two over Illinois (23-8 overall, 11-7 in the Big Ten).

Notable performance from Thursday: Dante Jackson opened with three 3-pointers and a two-point bucket that jumped Xavier to an 11-2 lead less than three minutes post tip-off, and though he only finished with 14 points the start was enough to propel the 17th-ranked Musketeers to a 76-59 win over Dayton that secured a third consecutive Atlantic 10 regular-season title. Jackson finished 4-of-7 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Musketeers, who are 24-5 overall. Dayton is 24-6.

Notable game scheduled for Friday: Creighton, the lone at-large candidate from the Missouri Valley Conference, will meet Wichita State in the quarterfinals of the league tournament. The Bluejays are 25-6 with an RPI ranking of 38. Wichita State is 16-15. Tip-off is set for 7:05 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 5, 2009 8:30 am

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Oklahoma lost again (this time with a healthy Blake Griffin).

Alan Voskuil went bananas.

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

Notable game from Wednesday: Missouri looked like anything but the team that Kansas pounded last weekend, using DeMarre Carroll's 15 points and 10 rebounds to beat Oklahoma 73-64. The outcome means the 15th-ranked Tigers and fourth-ranked Sooners are tied for second in the Big 12 standings, one game back of Kansas. More important, it marked Oklahoma's third loss in four outings, which has the Sooners on shaky ground in terms of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Alan Voskuil had a pretty ridiculous Senior Night. He took 14 3-pointers, made nine and finished with a career-high 35 points in Texas Tech's 84-65 win over No. 9 Kansas. Voskuil was 10-of-17 overall from the field. Amazingly, his nine 3-pointers were more than twice as many as the number made by the Jayhawks, who were just 4-of-24 from 3-point range as a team.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: A Dayton win at Xavier would create a three-way tie for first in the Atlantic 10 standings between the Flyers, Musketeers and Rhode Island Rams heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Problem is, Dayton hasn't won on the road in this series in 23 games, meaning the more likely scenario has 17th-ranked Xavier securing a share of the A-10 title, although it should be noted that the Flyers won this season's first meeting, 71-58 at Dayton. Xavier is 23-5 overall. Dayton is 24-5 overall. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 4, 2009 9:40 am
Edited on: March 4, 2009 9:42 am

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Maryland put itself in a bad spot.

Gerald Henderson showed he's a bad man.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: Maryland missed a nice opportunity to enhance its body of work when it lost 65-63 to Wake Forest  despite owning a seven-point lead at halftime. The Terrapins dropped to 18-11 overall, 7-8 in the ACC. They must now win at Virginia this weekend to avoid a losing league record. Even then, making the NCAA tournament could require multiple wins in the ACC tournament, primarly because Maryland is just 4-10 against the top 50.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Gerald Henderson scored nine of his 21 points in the final 101 seconds to help Duke come from behind late and beat Florida State 84-81. He finished 6-of-17 from the field, hit seven of nine free throw attempts, and got 10 rebounds to boot. The effort helped the Blue Devils improve to 25-5 overall, 11-4 in the ACC. They will play at North Carolina on Sunday for at least a share of the ACC title.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Marquette has dropped two straight to Connecticut and Louisville, and its brutal close to the season continues with a game at Pittsburgh. The Golden Eagles are 23-6 overall, 12-4 in the Big East. Pitt is 26-3 overall, 13-3 in the Big East. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm ET.

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Posted on: March 3, 2009 8:03 am

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Notre Dame took its 10th Big East loss.

Baylor lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

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

Notable game from Monday: The common opinion was that Notre Dame needed to beat Villanova to keep its at-large hopes alive, which is why the 77-60 loss at home was so damaging. Now the Irish are 16-13 overall, 7-10 in the Big East and guaranteed to finish with a losing league record. Scottie Reynolds led Villanova with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Wildcats are 24-6 overall, 12-5 in the Big East.

Notable performance from Monday: Dexter Pittman took eight shots, made seven and finished with 16 points in Texas' 73-57 victory over Baylor. Pittman also had seven rebounds and a steal, all in just 23 minutes on the court that helped the Longhorns beat Baylor for the 24th consecutive time.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: Leonard Hamilton's Florida State Seminoles can jump into a tie for second in the ACC standings if they can somehow upset Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The No. 24 Seminoles are 22-7 overall, 9-5 in the ACC. The No. 7 Blue Devils are 24-5 overall, 10-4 in the ACC. Tip-off is set for 8 pm ET

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:23 am

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Michigan State clinched a share of the Big Ten title.

Kansas got closer to a Big 12 title.

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

Notable game from Sunday: Michigan State clinched a share of the Big Ten title with a 74-66 victory at Illinois. The Spartans now have a two-game lead over Purdue in the Big Ten standings, meaning as long as they win this week at Indiana, which is highly likely, they will take the championship outright. Kalin Lucas had 18 points and four assists against the Illini.

Notable performance from Sunday: Sherron Collins took 14 shots, made eight and finished with 25 points in Kansas' 90-65 victory over Missouri. The junior guard also had six assists and five rebounds. He's now scored at least 22 points in four consecutive games, which has the Jayhawks (24-5 overall, 13-1 in the Big 12) on the verge of winning their fifth straight league title.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: If Notre Dame wants to finish .500 in the Big East, it must win this home game against Villanova. So the Irish are very much in a must-win situation as the calendar turns to March, at least in terms of keeping their slim at-large hopes alive. Notre Dame is 16-12 overall, 7-9 in the Big East. Villanova is 23-6 overall, 11-6 in the Big East. Tip-off is set for 7 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 27, 2009 3:31 am

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Washington won in overtime.

Robert Vaden missed 17 shots.

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

Notable game from Thursday: It's hard to win in overtime (or anytime, really) when your best player is fouled out, which is something Arizona State learned in a 73-70 loss at Washington. After forcing overtime with a steal and dunk in the final 15 seconds, James Harden fouled out early in the extra period, leaving the Sun Devils without their All-American guard who supplied 19 points before exiting. The Huskies scored the subsequent three points and were never tied or behind again. They moved to 21-7 overall and atop the Pac-10 standings with a 12-4 league record. ASU is 21-6 overall, 10-5 in the Pac-10.

Notable performance from Thursday: Antonio Anderson has never been better than the third-leading scorer on any Memphis team, and yet he's led the Tigers in minutes played each of the past four seasons. Why? Because he's a defensive monster, that's why. And the latest to learn that lesson is UAB's Robert Vaden, who matched-up with Anderson at Bartow Arena and missed all 17 shots he took in a 71-60 loss to the fifth-ranked Tigers. UAB's leading scorer was 0-of-5 inside the arc and 0-of-12 outside of it with zero free throw attempts, and if Anderson didn't already have the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award locked-up, well, that should probably do it.

Notable game(s) scheduled for the weekend: I'm heading to the state of Kentucky for a pair of nice games. On Saturday, I've got LSU at Kentucky at Rupp Arena. On Sunday, I've got Marquette at Louisville at Freedom Hall. So I'll see three top 20 teams (No. 6 Louisville, No. 8 Marquette and No. 18 LSU) two probable league champions (LSU in the SEC and Louisville in the Big East), at least two All-American candidates (Kentucky's Jodie Meeks and Marquette's Jerel McNeal) and a pair of Coach of the Year candidates in their respective leagues (Marquette's Buzz Williams and LSU's Trent Johnson) all in a matter of less than 24 hours. Should be a good trip.

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