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What You Need to Know

The MVP chants are getting louder for Arenas, who calls his shot and then calls his latest game-winner "glorious." Mike Wise and the VC security guards are on the MVP train, Jerry Sloan says the Jazz probably should have double-teamed the cold-blooded assassin who had already scored 48, Caron Butler says it was "deja vu all over again" and talks about Gilbert putting on his cape, Jarvis Hayes says Gil turns his teammates into spectators, Gil promises to break every VC record, Kobe and Gil are the only active players to score at least 50 three times in 50 games, and Mutoni says Chocolate Thunder was as quotable as Gil.

Don Sutton will do color for Nats games, he says the Nationals movie has a happy ending, and his daughter wants to meet Gilbert.

The Local No. 1 Terps have a rollercoaster week and Gary Williams would prefer some consistency entering tonight's game at Local No. 5 UVA, which is calling it a must-win. The Terps could stand a few ACC road wins, Will Bowers is playing slightly better lately, DeMatha's Mamadi Diane is also struggling with consistency, Dave Leitao isn't feeling optimistic about anything, his team has been great at home and wretched on the road, . Local No. 3 Virginia Tech is now 23rd in the AP Poll, its first appearance in more than a decade, while Maryland is 22nd in the coaches' poll. The expectations now rise for the Hokies, Seth Greenberg wants to keep the big wins in perspective, Coach K calls the Hokies the ACC's most experienced team, and Zabian Dowdell was the ACC POW. Local No. 6 VCU gets some AP votes, and Gary Neal (with 33) and Towson end Loyola's four-game winning streak, Hampton beats Coppin in OT, Norfolk State gets a big win over Morgan, VMI and Longwood both lose.

Today is the one-year anniversary of The Goal, and Ovie says this is "unbelievable world." Zubie says the playoffs have already started entering tonight's game streaking Ottawa, whose Daniel Alfredsson was the NHL's first star of the week, Brent Johnson should get his first start in weeks and Donald Brashear should see more ice time on the second line. Plus, D.C. United finally gets ready to introduce a new addition, who shares a name with my boss. I think this story might at least mention him. Not my boss.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 16, 2007; 9:17 AM ET
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