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The Mid-Week Peek

Wednesday January 21st, 2009

Before we begin b-ball talk today, I must first take a moment of silence for friend of the site WDFN, who yesterday laid off afternoon icons Stoney and Wojo, as well as the underrated gem of the station in Sean Baligean.  WDFN has not only been a long time favorite of mine, but WDFN was also nice enough to feature MOS as one of its first “Fan Blogs“.   With all signs pointing towards a format flip this summer, it’s truly a sad day for Detroit sports talk radio. 

More coverage of this disapointing news can be found at www.gregghenson.com

Last Night

Boston College 80, Georgia Tech 76 (OT):  The Eagles hang on after blowing a second half double digit lead, that would have all but eliminated them from consideration for next week’s bracket.

Illinois 67, Ohio State 49 – The Illini now own wins over Purdue, Michigan, Missouri and the Buckeyes, with only three losses.  They’re looking pretty solid heading into this weekend’s tilt with Wisconsin.

Creighton 79, Evansville 57: The Blue Jays continue to hang around in the at-large discussion with a solid road victory over the once red-hot Aces.

Duke 73, North Carolina State 56:  This game was actually much closer then the final score indicated, but the superior Blue Devils pull away once again.

Maryland 84, Virginia 78:  The Terps let the Cavaliers narrow their 15 point, but pull out the must-win victory in the end. 

Penn State 73, Michigan 58: A tough blow for the Wolverines, who have now dropped three straight and are officially on the bubble, just a week after being ranked in the top 25.

Tennessee 76, Vanderbilt 63:  The Vols avoid the upset loss on the road, while Vandy’s chances at a “good win” the rest of the way seem slim.

Tonight’s Action

Northwestern @ Michigan State: The ‘Cats badly need a signature win after missing last week’s golden opportunity against Purdue.  On the road, against the clear-cut B10 front runners won’t be an easy task however. 

Florida @ South Carolina: The Gators could use it, while the Gamecocks need it.

VMI @ Radford: The top two teams in the Big South square off, both at 6-1 on the year.

Villanova @ UConn: Just another all-star battle in the Big East.

Florida State @ Miami: A rivalry game that could wind up having major tournament implication for both teams.

Mississippi State @ LSU: Both are on the outside looking in at this point, but a win here could change that.

Missouri @ Oklahoma State: Huge game for both teams, which have been living on the “last four” lists since the brackets began running.

Clemson @ North Carolina: The Tigers came up short against Wake, can they hand the Tar Heels their third ACC loss of the season?

UNLV @ BYU: The top two teams in the Mountain West collide.  (I’m not buying into Utah yet)

Ariznoa State @ Arizona: The Sun Devils are coming off Saturday’s big win over UCLA, while the ‘Cats must recover from a devastating 0-2 trip to L.A.

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