Tue, 02/21/2012 - 04:47 — Raphielle Johnson
While Mississippi State's (19-8, 6-6) NCAA tournament prospects won't boil down to just one game there's no mistaking the importance of their game against #1 Kentucky (26-1, 12-0) in light of their three-game losing streak. It's one thing to drop three straight games at this point in the season and another to have those defeats come against Georgia, LSU and Auburn. That's not going to get it done for Rick Stansbury's squad, and their inability to take care of the basketball in recent games has been a big reason why.
Fri, 02/10/2012 - 16:03 — Greg Mengelt
presents a different
. This week, Greg takes a look at 10 underrated players who
won't be lottery picks, but will still have lengthy NBA careers.
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 14:36 — Raphielle Johnson
There have been some thrilling comebacks in the history of the
Duke/North Carolina rivalry, but surprisingly there haven't been many
games that have been decided at the buzzer. Wednesday night's game in
Chapel Hill wasn't a case of "down eight with 17 seconds to go" as it
was in meetings in 1974 (UNC with the comeback and win) and 1995 (Duke
with the comeback but UNC ended up winning), but with the Tar Heels up
ten (80-70) with 3:35 remaining one would expect them to win.
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 07:59 — Greg Mengelt
NO. 11 GEORGETOWN
(18-4, 8-3 Big East) AT NO. 2 SYRACUSE (23-1, 10-1 Big East)
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 04:39 — Raphielle Johnson
To say that this is a big week for Scott Drew's Baylor (21-2, 8-2) Bears would be a major understatement, and the same goes for the Kansas (18-5, 8-2) Jayhawks in this pivotal Big 12 battle. These are two of the three teams tied for first in the loss column in the conference, and with Baylor visiting 9-2 Missouri on Saturday afternoon we should have a solid grasp on who will be in the driver's seat down the stretch.
Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:56 — Raphielle Johnson
Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun knew heading into Wednesday's game that his struggling team, losers of three straight, needed some kind of spark to get things going. That meant shuffling the lineup, with Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi being replaced as starters by Ryan Boatright and Roscoe Smith, and for a short time on Wednesday night the move paid off. UConn got out to a 13-7 lead at the first media timeout and generally played better basketball on the offensive end, which was likely the desired effect of the move.
Wed, 02/01/2012 - 04:58 — Raphielle Johnson
While both Connecticut (14-6, 4-4) and #14 Georgetown (16-4, 6-3) enter Wednesday night's contest off of losses over the weekend, the feelings regarding each program are drastically different at this time. John Thompson III's Hoyas have been one of the Big East's pleasant surprises, thanks in large part to some veteran leaders and a young group of players who have shown themselves to be ready for Big East play.
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 15:12 — Raphielle Johnson
While Kentucky is the clear favorite to win the SEC, the battle beneath them should be a spirited one. #16 Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2), who has already won at Vanderbilt, could win the tiebreaker with #13 Florida (16-4, 4-1) with a win in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon. That's easier said than done as Billy Donovan's team is 10-0 at home this season, but the Bulldogs have won four of the last five meetings in this series.
Tue, 01/10/2012 - 08:30 — Raphielle Johnson
On the heels of losses at Seton Hall and Rutgers, with the leadership capabilities of the team being questioned both within and outside of the locker room, Connecticut needed a win over West Virginia in a big way. But the Huskies didn't play with that sense of urgency out of the gates, as the Mountaineers grabbed eight offensive rebounds to UConn's zero on their way to a 33-28 lead. If the rebounding wasn't bad enough the turnovers were, as the Huskies turned the ball over nine times leading to 15 Mountaineer points.