Rampaging Hogs and Roy as a POY?
Indiana at Purdue, Tuesday: The win over Michigan State gave the Hoosiers a shot at a bid. A win over Purdue could help cement one.
Duke at Florida State, Wednesday (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET): This is the Seminoles' shot to get a bid. Losing to Virginia Tech put a dent in their chances, but beating Duke would certainly enhance them. FSU was close in Cameron. The Seminoles have to finish them off in Tallahassee.
Kentucky at Tennessee, Wednesday: The Wildcats can't rest easily just yet. Beating the Vols would certainly go a long way toward securing a bid.
Memphis at UAB, Thursday (ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. ET): If the Blazers want to be in the Dance, they might have to beat the Tigers once. Beating them in the C-USA Tourney in Memphis is highly unlikely, so this might be their only shot.
UCLA at Cal, Thursday: The Bears fell back in Seattle with a loss to Washington. But a win over UCLA would give Cal a sweep and a possible Pac-10 title, depending on what happens Saturday in Palo Alto (for UCLA) and in Berkeley (for Cal against USC). Washington is still in play here, too, sitting one game behind UCLA in the loss column.
Contrary to traditional thinking, it's actually a credit to Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan that his Badgers have been staying out of the headlines this past month.
On Jan. 18, right before a key battle with Ohio State, sophomore Greg Stiemsma and freshman Marcus Landry, key reserves off the bench for Ryan, both were declared ineligible. No one batted an eye as Wisconsin fell on the road in Columbus. Three days later, though, came the infamous North Dakota State loss at home.
Since then, Ryan has been getting key contributions from a couple of unlikely freshmen. Joe Krabbenhoft had his first career double-double in Sunday's win over Minnesota and walk-on Kevin Gullikson has averaged more than 15 minutes per game over the last eight games, chipping in 4.6 points per game in that span.
The keys have been a renewed commitment on the boards, limiting mistakes and a big dose of steady junior Alando Tucker, who quietly leads the Big Ten with 20.5 points per game in conference play. The formula is not as exciting as Ohio State's high-scoring exploits, Michigan State's highlight-reel dunks or even speculation on Indiana's next head coach, but Ryan quietly has it working in Madison yet again.
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Rocking the rim
With the nation's attention wrapped up in the J.J. Redick-Adam Morrison scoring duel, some amazing hot streaks from 3-point land have been left out of the limelight. Others from ranked teams have been putting up numbers from long range that are keeping their fans warm this February.
Matchup of the week
Most college hoops fans will be looking ahead to the latest installment of the Duke-Carolina uber-rivalry on Saturday, but they would be remiss to miss Wednesday's pivotal SEC clash between victory-starved Kentucky vs current "It team" Tennessee in Knoxville.
Here's a look at some of the best recent matchups between the two schools:
|1/24/04||UK, 69-68 (OT)||Cliff Hawkins hit his only 3-pointer of the game with 16 seconds left in regulation to force OT. A Chuck Hayes putback in the extra session provided the winning points, helping to overcome a sorry 3-for-24 game from behind the arc for the Wildcats. Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon scored a career-high 33 points in the loss.|
|2/19/02||UK, 64-61||Tennessee held a 10-point lead with just six minutes left but Kentucky surged late behind the strong inside play of Jules Camara. The Wildcats overcame the suspension of starter Gerald Fitch for the win. Vincent Yarbrough hit seven 3s for the Vols, tying a Rupp Arena record for a visiting player.|
|2/6/02||Tenn., 76-74 (OT)||An injury-riddled Tennessee team had to play without Ron Slay and Brandon Crump on the inside, but Marcus Haislip had 24 points, including the game-winner in OT. Kentucky's Gerald Fitch hit two 3s in the last 30 seconds of regulation to force OT. Teammate Tayshaun Prince had a turnover and missed the potential game-winner in the closing moments of the game.|
|1/12/99||Tenn., 47-46||Tennessee earned its first win in Lexington since 1979 after Brandon Wharton drained a 3-pointer with about a minute left in a low-scoring, physical game. It was the lowest-scoring game for Kentucky in almost 12 years.|
|1/10/02||UK, 95-83||Derrick Miller scored 28 points while hitting eight 3-pointers, which tied a Kentucky school record at the time. The Vols held a 12-point lead with 16 minutes remaining but Kentucky went 9-for-15 from long range in the second half alone.|