It’s a Big East battle at the Wachovia Center as Mike Brey brings his Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish (15-5/ 4-3) to the City of Brotherly Love for a conference showdown with Jay Wright’s No. 3 Villanova Wildcats (18-1/ 7-0).
Just in case anyone forgot, the Blue Devils and Tigers showed that style points are not needed to win a basketball game. Duke outscored Clemson, 37-24 in the second stanza, as the Blue Devils improved to 16-3 and 4-2.
Rhode Island and Xavier rank 15th and 16th in the CBS RPI poll. Rhode Island’s strength of schedule is rated 51st in the country. Xavier’s slate is ranked third.
Marquette leads the nation from behind the three-point arc hitting 43.1 percent from long range. The Orange zone defense limits opponents to 30.3 from behind the arc. Marquette is 143-of-332 from behind the line. In comparison, SU is 138-of-349.
What does not appear in the stat sheet is the attitude K-State brought to the game. The Wildcats pressured the Longhorns into bad shots all night. K-State did not use a full court press, but they extended their defense beyond the arc. Texas did not respond well. Rather than backing off the top-ranked team, K-State challenged the Horns. They could have sat back in a soft man. Instead the Wildcats showed the Horns no respect and got out and denied every pass.
It’s a battle for first place in the Atlantic 10 at 1776 N. Broad Street as Chris Mack’s Xavier Musketeers (12-5/4-0) take on Fran Dunphy’s No. 16 Temple Owls (15-3/3-0).
By Paul Gotham Setting: The Blackburn / McCafferty Trophy is on the line at the Cintas Center Saturday morning when Brian Gregory’s Dayton Flyers (13-3 / 2-0) travel south on I75 for an Atlantic 10 clash with Chris Mack’s Xavier Musketeers (11-5 / 3-0). The Trophy honors former Dayton coach Tom Blackburn (1947-64) and Xavier […]
The game is the second of three in a on the road for the Orange. Wednesday, Syracuse downed Rutgers, 81-65. The Orange travel to South bend for a tilt with Notre Dame on Monday. After two on the road, West Virginia returns home. After Saturday, the Mountaineers take a break from conference play for games with Marshall and Ohio State.
Tennessee dictated WHERE Kansas would take their shots. The undermanned Vols put on a defensive transition clinic – ball, block, and first pass. The Vols took care of their match up responsibilities all night. Tennessee played zone and made the Jayhwaks shoot over them. The Kansas starting front court of Cole Aldrich and Marcus Morris attempted a combined 10 shots all night. That was shot attempts. Kansas took 61 shots. Tennessee dictated where they would take those shots.
After beginning the season with eight victories, the Gators have limped through a 3-4 stretch with losses to Richmond, South Alabama and most recently at Vanderbilt, 95-87. Six of Kentucky’s victories have been by single digits.