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Barton College chases expectations

Barton College tries to live up to increased expectations created by 2007 Division II national title.

Jan. 24, 2009: Duke 85, Maryland 44

Duke routs Maryland 85-44 to stake claim to the top spot of the AP poll.

Jan. 15, 2009: UNC 83, Virginia 61

Heels break two game losing streak with an emphatic win at Virginia.

Boston viewers miss final seconds

Apparently, New England Sports Network viewers who were watching Boston College's upset of North Carolina on Sunday were switched to the Duke-Virginia Tech basketball game with less than a minute left in the UNC-BC game. Here's a brief report about the mixup from the Boston Globe:

With 1:26 to play, NESN lost its feed of the game. The feed came from Fox Sports, and Fox mistakenly switched NESN to the Duke-Virginia Tech game (commercials were shown locally). The correct feed returned with about five seconds to play. NESN public relations manager Gary Roy apologized and said the network was looking into the problem.

FOX Sports South produces the "ACC Sunday Night Hoops" games, but they are distributed by FOX in Los Angeles through the network's master control facility in Houston. FOX is trying to determine what caused the problem.

The Globe story on the game:


Jason Williams talks ACC hoops

Former Duke star Jason Williams, now working as an analyst for ESPN, looks ahead at N.C. State's prospects this season, explains why Ty Lawson is more valuable to UNC than Tyler Hansbrough and questions how far his alma mater can go without a true star.

Tennessee's record streak ends in AP poll

AP Sports Writer
Tennessee's record run in the top 10 is over.
The Lady Vols' streak of 211 straight weeks in the top 10 ended Monday when they were ranked 11th in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Tennessee, which lost at then-No. 6 Texas 73-59 on Sunday, was last out of the first 10 on March 3, 1997. The run went 56 weeks longer than the men's record of 155 set by UCLA.

March moments, rated

In his new book, “Dick Vitale’s Fabulous 50 Players & Moments in College Basketball,” the ESPN analyst, with co-author Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News, rated the top March Madness players and moments. But I had not seen an interesting little book, "The Enlightened Bracketologist; The Final Four of Everything," published last year, that showed up today in the Sports department. And by "everything," editors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir meant everything from marital arguments to Shakespeare insults, with contributions from different experts and journalists. First up: March Madness Moments.

MASN's college hoops schedule

In case you're wondering what else MASN carries besides Major League Baseball games involving the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, the regional sports network just released its college basketball game schedule for this season.

MASN doesn't have the rights to ACC games, of course, but there are a lot of games from the Big East, Conference USA and Colonial Athletic Association, among other conferences. MASN's lineup of more than 200 games includes more than 80 Big East games.

The UNC-Wilmington men will be on MASN nine times, Charlotte five, Davidson three, East Carolina three, Gardner-Webb twice, UNC-Asheville twice, High Point twice, and Western Carolina, UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest and Elon once each.

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