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Posted on: February 26, 2009 1:32 am
 

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Rhode Island won at the buzzer.

Dominic James broke his left foot.

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

Notable game from Wednesday: A last-second layup from Marquis Jones gave Rhode Island a 93-91 victory over Dayton that tightened the Atlantic 10 race. The Rams are now 21-8 overall, 10-4 in the league and a mere game behind Xavier in the standings. They've won five straight heading into Sunday's tilt at Duquesne, and are just a two-point loss to Xavier last month from leading the A-10 and being a serious at-large candidate for the NCAA tournament.

Notable performance from Wednesday: A.J. Price took 20 shots, made 12 and finished with a career-high 36 points in UConn's 93-82 victory at Marquette. Still, somehow, he wasn't the story of the game, not with UConn coach Jim Calhoun earning his 800th career victory and Marquette senior Dominic James suffering a broken foot that ended his college career, the latter development nothing less than cruel. James finishes with 1,749 career points, and now the Golden Eagles must move forward without him, which should make a deep run in the NCAA tournament tough to achieve.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: Memphis will put its Conference USA winning streak -- it's at 54 games, by the way -- on the line when it plays at UAB for the first time since Pierre Henderson-Niles slapped a fan last season, and boy this should be fun. The Tigers enter with a 24-3 record that has them ranked fifth nationally. UAB is 19-8 overall and on a six-game winning streak. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2009 12:45 am
 

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Another No. 1 went down.

Florida did, too.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: Providence jumped to a comfortable halftime lead, then withstood a rally and fouled out DeJuan Blair en route to an 81-73 victory over top-ranked Pittsburgh that should give us our seventh new No. 1 when the polls are updated next week. Weyinmi Efejuku got 16 points for the Friars, who were coming off a 103-84 loss to Notre Dame. They are now 17-11 overall, 9-7 in the Big East. Pitt is 25-3 overall, 12-3 in the Big East.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Marcus Thornton took 15 shots, made eight and finished with 32 points in LSU's 81-75 victory over Florida that clinched a share of the SEC title. Also, it might've launched Thornton to the top of the race for SEC Player of the Year given that the in-state product has now scored at least 30 points six times this season. LSU is 23-4 overall, 11-1 in the SEC and ranked 18th nationally. Florida is 21-6 overall 8-4 in the SEC.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: First-place in the Big East will be at stake when No. 2 Connecticut plays at No. 8 Marquette in a match-up featuring two of the better guards in the country, namely A.J. Price (UConn) and Jerel McNeal (Marquette). UConn enters 25-2 overall, 13-2 in the Big East. Marquette is 23-4 overall, 12-2 in the Big East.  Tip-off is set for 7 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 24, 2009 12:20 am
 

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Georgetown lost again.

So did Oklahoma.

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

Notable game from Monday: Louisville pulled into a first-place tie atop the Big East standings with a 76-58 victory at Georgetown that probably ended any realistic hope the Hoyas have of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. John Thompson III's team has now dropped nine of their past 11 to fall to 14-12 overall, 5-10 in the Big East. So even if the Hoyas somehow win at Villanova this weekend, they still can't finish any better than 8-10 in the league. And considering they have more losses (four) outside the top 50 of CBSSports.com's RPI than wins (three) inside the top 50 of CBSSports.com's RPI, it's hard to imagine a scenario under which this season ends anywhere other than the NIT. Meantime, the sixth-ranked Cardinals are 22-5 overall and 13-2 in the Big East heading into Sunday's showdown with eighth-ranked Marquette.

Notable performance from Monday: Cole Aldrich took advantage of the hole in the middle because of the absence of Blake Griffin, and finished with 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in Kansas' 87-78 victory at Oklahoma. Aldrich grabbed the same amount of rebounds as OU's starting line-up; he had the same number of offensive boards (five) as OU's entire roster. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks are now 23-5 overall, 12-1 in the Big 12 and alone atop the league standings. The second-ranked Sooners are 25-3 overall, 11-2 in the Big 12, and they should get Griffin back in time for Saturday's game at Texas Tech.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: The two SEC teams with the highest overall win totals -- LSU and Florida -- will battle in Baton Rouge in a game that offers the Gators a chance to get the type of impressive road win that has so far eluded them. Heading in, Florida is 2-5 in road games with its best win coming at Auburn last month. The Gators are 21-6 overall, 8-4 in the SEC. LSU is 23-4 overall, 11-1 in the SEC and on an eight-game winning streak. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 23, 2009 1:02 am
 

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Arizona State held on for a nice win.

Gerald Henderson had a career-high performance.

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

Notable game from Sunday: Arizona State squandered a 17-point lead, but still recorded a 70-68 victory over Arizona in a match-up of Pac-10 rivals. The Sun Devils got two late 3-pointers from Rihards Kuksiks to help seal the win. They are now 21-5 overall and second in the Pac-10 standings. Arizona dropped to 18-9 overall and into fifth place in the league standings.

Notable performance from Sunday: Gerald Henderson reached double-figures for the 18th straight time, and in a big way. The Duke junior scored a career-high 35 points in a 101-91 victory over Wake Forest, making 11 of 15 field goal attempts to help the Blue Devils shoot 54.1 percent for the game. He was also 12-of-14 from the free throw line. Duke is now in a three-way tie for second with Clemson and Florida State in the ACC standings.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: First place in the Big 12 will be at stake when Kansas (22-5 overall, 11-1 in the Big 12) plays at Oklahoma (25-2 overall, 11-1 in the Big 12) in a game set to tip at 9 pm ET. OU star Blake Griffin, who was concussed in Saturday's loss at Texas, will probably be a game-time decision. If he plays, that's 22.0 points and 13.8 rebounds the Sooners won't have to find elsewhere.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 20, 2009 8:38 am
 

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UCLA beat Washington.

Xavier lost again.

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

Notable game from Thursday: UCLA avoided its worst losing streak in more than four years by beating Washington 85-76 at Pauley Pavilion. Josh Shipp scored 20 points for the Bruins, who are now 20-6 overall, 9-4 in the Pac-10. Washington is 19-7 overall, 10-4 in the Pac-10. Arizona State and California also each have four Pac-10 losses, meaning there is a four-way tie in the loss column atop the league standings.

Notable performance from Thursday: Lamont Mack scored nine consecutive points for Charlotte to take the 49ers from down three to up three in the final seven minutes, which led to their 65-60 upset of 16th-ranked Xavier. The senior forward finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals in 23 minutes. Xavier lost for the third time in four games.

Notable game scheduled for Friday: The annual BracketBuster event gets underway with a pair of games today, one of which is Virginia Commonwealth at Nevada. VCU (19-8 overall, 12-4 in the Colonial) sits atop the Colonial standings while Nevada (15-10 overall, 8-4 in the WAC) is second in the WAC standings. Tip-off is set for 9 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 19, 2009 12:59 am
 

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Penn State scored 38 points and won.

Marcus Thornton got 28 all by himself.

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

Notable game from Wednesday: Give Penn State coach Ed DeChellis credit for being honest. "Naismith probably rolled over several times," he said after the Nittany Lions' 38-33 -- seriously, 38-33 -- victory at Illinois. The 71 points scored were the lowest total for a Division I men's basketball game since Monmouth beat Princeton 41-21 in 2005. Combined, Penn State and Illinois missed 68 of 96 field goal attempts, including 27 of 33 3-point attempts. Only one player on either roster reached double-figures. It was Talor Battle. He got 11 points on 11 shots.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Marcus Thornton missed more shots than he made, sure, but the LSU standout still got 28 points, seven steals and six rebounds in the Tigers' 72-69 victory at Arkansas. LSU trailed by 18 early and by six at the break. But the 23rd-ranked Tigers came back and won their seventh consecutive game thanks to Thornton's huge effort, which included a key defensive play in the final minute. LSU is now 21-4 overall, 9-1 in the SEC.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: A Pac-10 showdown highlights the schedule, specifically Washington at UCLA. If the Bruins win, there could be a four-way tie for first in the loss column in what is one of the more interesting conference races. Washington is 19-6 overall, 10-3 in the Pac-10 and ranked 22nd. UCLA is 19-6 overall, 8-4 in the Pac-10 and ranked 20th. The Huskies won the first meeting last month. Tip-off is set for 11 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 18, 2009 8:08 am
 

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Purdue got a huge win.

Kentucky took another loss.

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

Notable game from Tuesday: Purdue forced 22 turnovers and held Michigan State to 32.7 percent shooting in a 72-54 win over the Spartans that tightened the Big Ten race and gave the Boilermakers the type of marquee win they had been lacking. It was their first victory over a team currently ranked in the AP Top 25, bringing their record to 1-4 (losses to Oklahoma, Duke and two to Illinois) in such contests. JaJuan Johnson led the way with 17 points.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Jermaine Beal missed six of nine shots but still finished with 17 points in Vanderbilt's 77-64 victory over Kentucky thanks to a 10-of-10 effort from the free throw line. Beal added three assists and two rebounds, which helped Vandy deal UK its fourth loss in six games.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: Tyler Zeller is expected to play for the first time in nearly three months when North Carolina hosts N.C. State at the Dean Smith Center. Zeller broke his left wrist in a win over Kentucky back on Nov. 18. At the time, it appeared he would miss the season. But with a national title at stake and Marcus Ginyard gone for the year, Roy Williams has decided to use the McDonald's All-American during this stretch run, primarily because it seems unlikely Zeller will play four years of college basketball anyway. The freshman forward was averaging 10.0 points through two games before the injury. Tip-off against N.C. State is set for 8 pm ET.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 17, 2009 2:20 am
 

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- DeJuan Blair was awesome.

Texas was not.

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

Notable game from Monday: Pittsburgh out-muscled, out-rebounded and out-played Connecticut, all of which led to the fourth-ranked Panthers beating the top-ranked Huskies at the XL Center here in Hartford. Final score: Pitt 76, UConn 68. So we'll have a new No. 1 next Monday, either Oklahoma, North Carolina or Pittsburgh. For that, the country can thank DeJuan Blair, Pitt's 6-foot-7 center who dominated Hasheem Thabeet and finished with 22 points and 23 rebounds on a 10-of-17 shooting effort. Pitt is now 24-2 overall, 11-2 in the Big East. UConn is 24-2 overall, 12-2 in the Big East.

Notable performance from Monday: Bryan Davis took 10 shots, made six and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in Texas A&M's 81-66 victory over Texas. It was the fifth time in sixth games that Davis has reached double-figures in points. It was the fourth time in six games that Texas has lost. The Longhorns are now tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: The two teams picked at the top of the Big Ten preseason poll will meet when Michigan State visits Purdue. The Spartans are 20-4 overall, 10-2 in the Big Ten and ranked sixth in the AP poll. The Boilermakers are 19-6 overall, 8-4 in the Big Ten and ranked 19th in the AP poll. Tip-off is set for 7 pm ET.

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