Wed, 01/04/2012 - 06:03 — Raphielle Johnson
Seton Hall's struggles with Connecticut in their series have been well-doucmented, as the Pirates went into Tuesday's meeting having lost eleve straight dating back to March 3, 2001. That matchup between eventual NIT teams went down to the wire as the Pirates won 65-63. There would be no such suspense in Seton Hall's first win over the Huskies since 2001, as they stormed back from an early 11-2 deficit to win 75-63 in a game that wasn't as close as the margin would lead one to believe.
Tue, 01/03/2012 - 05:57 — Raphielle Johnson
Arguably the quickest way for a team to eliminate itself from a conference title race is to drop games at home. So while the term "must-win" shouldn't be used for #19 Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1) there's no doubt that Tuesday's game against #11 Michigan State (13.2, 2-0) is critical following their loss to Iowa on Saturday. The biggest reason for the Badgers' loss was their three-point shooting, as they made just three of twenty-eight attempts on the afternoon.
Thu, 12/29/2011 - 07:47 — Raphielle Johnson
A lot of talk surrounding this week of games for the Louisville
Cardinals centered on the importance of their game with in-state rival
Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. And while that game is extremely
important the Cardinals still had to attend to the business of their Big
East opener. Thanks to career nights from both Markel Starks and Otto
Porter however it was Georgetown that took care of business, handing the
Cardinals their first loss of the season by the final score of 71-68.
Wed, 12/28/2011 - 04:45 — Raphielle Johnson
There are three games on Wednesday matching ranked teams, but in terms of a conference title race the matchup between #12 Georgetown (10-1) and #4 Louisville (12-0) may have the greatest impact at the end of the regular season. John Thompson III's Hoyas have matured at a rapid rate but this will be their toughest test to date, and the same goes for the Cardinals (until they face Kentucky on Saturday). One reason to watch is the individual battle between two of the Big East's best centers, and their responsibilities are drastically different due to the systems both play in.
Sun, 12/11/2011 - 16:42 — Raphielle Johnson
In the days leading up to Indiana's game against#1 Kentucky at
Assembly Hall there weren't too many people who thought that the
Hoosiers could knock off the Wildcats. There were a few outside of the
Indiana fan base who picked Tom Crean's team to win, but the majority of
the predictions ranged anywhere from a close loss to a Kentucky blowout
with IU's schedule to date being the main reason why.
Sat, 12/10/2011 - 15:46 — Raphielle Johnson
The lone matchup between ranked teams on Saturday has a rather prominent question that needs to be answered: will Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger (back spasms) be able to play? The sophomore sat out the Buckeyes' win over Texas-Pan American due to the issue, which flared up in #2 Ohio State's (8-0) win over Duke, and it hasn't been decided whether or not he'll go at #13 Kansas (6-2) on Saturday afternoon. If he can't go Boston College transfer Evan Ravenel (5.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg) moves into the starting lineup, and he accounted for 11 points and seven rebounds against UTPA.
Thu, 12/01/2011 - 14:52 — Raphielle Johnson
There was one big question for North Carolina going into their game with Wisconsin in the final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge: would they be able to play effectively in a tempo nowhere near what they look to establish on a nightly basis? Thanks to a second half run from Harrison Barnes and the excellent defense of Dexter Strickland, the Tar Heels passed said test with a 60-57 win over the Badgers in Chapel Hill.
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 09:36 — Raphielle Johnson
The final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge will also boast a matchup of Top 10 teams as #7 Wisconsin (6-0) takes on #5 North Carolina (5-1) in Chapel Hill. Roy Williams' Tar Heels are coming off of a disappointing second half in Las Vegas on Saturday as they fell decisively to UNLV. With a trip to Kentucky next on the schedule it might be a good thing for North Carolina that the in-between game isn't one of the standard "avoid the letdown" variety, so they should be ready to go.
Wed, 11/16/2011 - 07:08 — Raphielle Johnson
After wins over Belmont and Presbyterian moved Mike Krzyzewski into a tie with Bob Knight for the most wins in college basketball history, many at Madison Square Garden were hoping that the Duke head coach would become the record-holder with a win over Michigan State on Tuesday night. But while some went as far as to almost assume the game to be a coronation of sorts, Tom Izzo's Spartans refused to back down.