News From Around the South
Evan Woodbery, of The Birmingham News, has a healthy look at some numbers surrounding the Auburn basketball team. His observance is that this team is much improved and could get a few more wins down the stretch because of a favorable schedule.
It's not a secret that no fans in the Southeastern Conference, heck no fans in the country, travels as well as Kentucky. John Clay took a look at how Kentucky's weekend trip to South Carolina boosted the attendance at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will definitely play Wednesday as the Tar Heels host Duke. But his ankle is tender and he'll be held out of most of Monday's practice, according to Andrew Carter of The Charlotte Observer.
When you beat every other ranked team in the conference, as Florida State has done over the last few weeks, good things happen. Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel
Steve Gorten, of The South Florida Sun Sentinel, said the Miami Hurricane got their much-needed signature win Sunday by beating Duke on the road.
CSS Game Balls
Reggie Johnson, Miami - Junior center Reggie Johnson scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Miami's overtime upset of Duke Sunday. Johnson helped Miami outrebound and outscore Duke in the paint, and he also scored just as many points as the entire Duke team in overtime.
Darryl Bryant, West Virginia - Bryant poured in 32 points Sunday against Providence, none more important than his 3-pointer with just over a second to play to give West Virginia the win.
A Duke team should play with energy for 40 minutes, or 45. Go outside right now and you look at the banners there are quite a few of them up there. They were not won without energy, without hunger, with no complacency, with people really wanting it." - Coach Mike Krzyzewski after losing to Miami in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
What to Watch Sunday
Wofford at Davidson, 7 p.m. ET - Wofford can't catch Davidson in the Southern Conference standings with a win Monday, but the Terriers can show Davidson that the race for the SoCon's NCAA Tournament bid won't just be handed to the current front runner. Both of these two teams are ranked in both Matt Stewart's and my mid-major poll today on the website.