Monday, January 5, 2009

Full-Court Press, Jan. 5

A nice batch of quick-hitters for your post-New Year’s Monday morning:

- What is the significance of Boston College’s win over North Carolina? (

- Boston College is better than most people thought, and could be a threat this season. It needs to use this win to continue to push towards an NCAA Tournament berth. (Boston Globe)

- It looks like North Carolina is not as perfect and invinvicle as everyone thought; Boston College beat them both inside and outside. (Raleigh News & Observer)

- The Tar Heels won't win if they don't force turnovers and control the defensive glass. They allowed 1.17 points per possession against the Eagles. (Basketball Prospectus)

- With losses by both North Carolina and Connecticut this past week, Pittsburgh will likely be the No. 1 team in the country -- for the first time in its history. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

- After losing to Louisville on a deep three by Edgar Sosa with two seconds left, it is clear that Kentucky still needs a third scorer to complement Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson, who combined for 50 of the team's 71 points yesterday. (Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader)

- Will Sosa's game-winning three-pointer -- along with his 18 points, two assists and two steals -- give him the necessary confidence the Cardinals need going forward? (Louisville Courier-Journal).

- Oregon State snapped its 21-game Pac-10 losing streak with an overtime victory over USC, coming back from a 15-point deficit with 12 minutes remaining. (Los Angeles Times)

- Despite Georgetown's second-half collapse against Pittsburgh and Notre Dame's upset loss at St. John's, both teams need to regroup for tonight's marquee match-up. (Washington Post)

- Against the Hoyas tonight, Notre Dame is going to need to rebound the ball much better or its 43-game home-winning streak will be snapped. (South Bend Tribune)

- Michigan's DeShawn Sims' improved leadership is one of the reasons for the Wolverines' second-half turnaround against Illinois. (Grand Rapids Press)

- Cincinnati's Mike Williams was relatively ineffective despite his talent advantage over Marquette's small frontline. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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