- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2009


“We are not going to go back to the room and watch ‘Steel Magnolias’ or something like that.” — Kobe Bryant after sharing NBA All-Star Game MVP honors with former teammate Shaquille O’Neal

TAKE YOUR PICK: Which local team has the best chance of making the NCAA tournament?

Maryland (16-8, 5-5 ACC) The Terps’ hopes of making a run to an at-large bid hinge on the outcome of the next nine days. Maryland plays three of the ACC’s top teams (at Clemson, vs. North Carolina, vs. Duke) in consecutive games. Maryland has some major black eyes on its resume (loss to Morgan State and a lopsided loss to Georgetown).

Georgetown (13-10, 4-8 Big East) — The Hoyas have the worst record of the teams in consideration but the best tournament profile with an RPI of 37, the nation’s strongest schedule and several quality wins. That said, Georgetown isn’t going anywhere unless the Hoyas finish closer to .500 in the Big East.

American (17-7, 9-1 Patriot League) — If the Eagles beat Holy Cross at Bender Arena on Saturday, they almost certainly will win the Patriot League’s regular-season crown. That would give them a huge leg up in the conference tournament.

George Mason (17-8, 10-5 CAA) — The Patriots dispatched Northeastern on Saturday to move into a tie for second in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Patriots could finish the season with a piece of the league title, but they aren’t likely to be attending the postseason’s big party.

Our take — On March 13, American will beat Holy Cross at Bender Arena in the final of the Patriot League tournament to secure a return trip to the NCAA tournament. The rest of the locals are destined for the NIT.


Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks shorted out another scoreboard over the weekend. Here’s a look at the highest scoring games in Division I men’s basketball this season:

Player, school Points (date) Opponent

1. Ben Woodside, N.Dakota St. 60 (Dec. 12) Stephen F. Austin

2. Jodie Meeks, Kentucky 54 (Jan. 13 Tennessee

3. Jodie Meeks, Kentucky 46 (Dec. 20) Appalachian State

4. Jodie Meeks, Kentucky 45 (Feb. 14) Arkansas

T5. Denis Clemente, Kansas State 44 (Jan. 31) Texas

T5. Stefon Jackson, UTEP 44 (Dec. 30) Santa Clara

T5. Stephen Curry, Davidson44 (Dec. 6)North Carolina State

T5. Stephen Curry, Davidson 44 (Nov. 18) Oklahoma

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