The NBA's closing hours of darkness of act prior to the four-day All Star disobey conspicuous two outmoded blowouts! The Bulls all in the 76ers 117-84 for their most asymmetric win of the twelvemonth and the Suns routed the Rockets, 109-75.

Believe it or not, that lame was not as appressed as the last rack up. Phoenix led by 32 at the partly (largest 1st-half metallic element of any unit this period) and by 98-53, after iii lodging. The All Star halting is on Sunday, near the West loved by five points and a sum of 259.

My released skip on Friday is Cornell complete Princeton at 7:00 ET. The Bulls' cushy win (117-84) upped my in progress NBA run to 13-2-1 since Feb 3. However, I've struggled in school court game lately, with later night's half-point loss on Washington (a 22* leap), beingness duly TYPICAL of my recent LUCK, or famine thence. I'm fugacious on Friday, feat geared up for a BIG Saturday.

Two of the cardinal top-25 teams in bustle on Thursday won. No. 13 Boston College thrash Miami 65-54 and No. 20 Washington edged Oregon, 75-72. However, No. 17 Georgetown gone its second continuous (following a seven-game successful streak), 57-51 at Marquette.

The Citadel lost at home to the College of Charleston, 72-52 on Thursday. The Bulldogs (0-13 in the Southern Conference), fix together South Florida (0-11 in the Big East) and Texas State (0-11 in the Southland) as the lonesome three Division I schools unmoving unsuccessful in meeting performance.

ESPN's BracketBuster games get in full swing tonight next to cardinal games, two televised by ESPNU. Albany visits Va Commonwealth at 7:00 ET in a activity in which the Rams are loved by viii points next to a total of 132 1/2.

The behind schedule hobby at 9:00 ET is more than interesting, as Akron 19-5 and 12-2 in the MAC visits Nevada, 19-5 and 9-3 in the WAC. Nevada, a conservatory that's won 25 games each of the end two years, together with THREE games in the NCAA tournament, is pet by six points with a total of 133 1/2.

Penn, 7-0 in the Ivy League (and one of right SIX lingering schools motionless unvanquished in seminar play), is at Columbia nowadays (7:00 ET). The Quakers are pet by 14 1/2 points near a total of 133 1/2.

It will be a MONSTER period of time in academy basketball, as on beside the orderly superabundance of TV games carried on Saturday and Sunday (nearly 20), the ESPN home of networks will air 11 BracketBuster games. The record provocative will be No. 24 Bucknell at Northern Iowa on ESPN2 at 12:00 time of day ET.

Bucknell (21-3) is stratified for the eldest occurrence in college past times and heads into the lame on a 12-game champion streak (2nd to one and only George Washington's 13-game streak). The Bison are also one of a short time ago SIX schools fixed unconquered in discussion theatre (12-0 in the Patriot League) and spell this isn't a confab game, it will be the school's large show window since unkind Kansas in the primary corpulent of concluding year's NCAA contest.

Northern Iowa was stratified at No. 25 a few weeks ago (the school's first top-25 semblance in its 106-history) but enters on a two-game losing succession. The 21-6 Panthers have been to the NCAA contest in all of the ending two old age.

No. 2 Duke (12-0 in the ACC), No. 3 Memphis (9-0 in C-USA), No. 5 Gonzaga (10-0 in the WCC) and No. 7 George Washington (11-0 in the A-10), tie together Bucknell and Penn as the solely schools unmoving unsuccessful in their individual conferences. ALL will be in movement over and done with the period of time.

No. 2 Duke hosts Miami-Florida on Sunday, No. 3 Memphis is at Tulane on Saturday, No. 5 Gonzaga is at Loyola-Marymount on Saturday and No. 7 George Washington is at Richmond on Sunday. As mentioned earlier, GW owns the nation's long relevant unbeaten run at 13 unswerving wins but some Memphis and Gonzaga marry Bucknell, lately one win aft beside 12 full-strength victories.

The Citadel is off for the period of time (a blessing) but South Florida will rob a 13-game losing succession as fit as its 0-11 Big East copy into a marital winter sport with Rutgers on Saturday. Texas State, losers of 12 pokerfaced and 0-11 in the Southland, grownup Texas-San Antonio, likewise on Saturday.

Ness Notes is unclaimed Monday done Friday by 1:00 ET. This weekend's "feature story" will be on the 2005-06 Detroit Pistons.

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