Thursday, January 8, 2009

Full-Court Press, Jan. 8: Middle of ACC is Muddled

Boston College and Maryland Both Fall in Major Upsets

- Just days after knocking off the No. 1 team in the country, Boston College was defeated at home by in-state rival Harvard. (Boston Globe)

- Harvard's victory over BC was its first-ever win against a ranked opponent. (The Harvard Crimson)

- Is Morgan State the best team in the state of Maryland? After knocking off the Terrapins, the Bears might be. (Baltimore Sun)

- Is Maryland predictable, and therefore vulnerable, because of its reliance on pressure defense?
(Washington Post)

Other News and Notes from Around the Country

- Gonzaga might have gotten its swagger back after defeating Tennessee on the road in overtime last night. (CBS Sports)

- Tennessee's home loss to the Bulldogs was its first defeat at Thompson-Boling Arena since March 1, 2006 -- 37 games ago. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

- Duke rotated six defenders on Stephen Curry, holding him to 1-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc en route to a commanding victory over Davidson. (Charlotte Observer)

- Davidson could ruin your bracket this year -- and not in the same way it did last season. (Raleigh News & Observer)

- Hartford's Joe Zeglinski, the team's leading scorer and an all-conference candidate, is out for the season following ankle surgery. (Hartford Courant)

- North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard sat out last night's game against Charleston despite playing in the previous three games coming back from foot surgery. (Charlotte Observer)

- Stanford's Josh Owens has slowed down a bit since his outstanding start, scoring only 12 points and grabbing just nine rebounds against Arizona State and Arizona. (San Francisco Chronicle)

- Is Saint Mary's the team to beat in the West Coast Conference -- ahead of Gonzaga? (San Francisco Chronicle)

- Pittsburgh is the most likely team to contend with North Carolina for the national championship come April. Be wary of Oklahoma and Notre Dame, and keep an eye on Illinois and Missouri. (Sports Illustrated)

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