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Top of the Arc - December 10, 2008

Dec. 10, 9:10 a.m.: Another game, another tough loss for Virginia Tech. The Hokies lost to Georgia, 67-66, and here is the story. The Hokies are 5-4 and their most impressive win might have been against Navy. They are out of opportunities to make a splash in non-conference play and will have to win perhaps 10 ACC games to have a chance to reach the NCAA tournament. Before the season, few thought Maryland was a better team than Virginia Tech. But right now, the Terrapins clearly have a stronger tournament resume than the Hokies.

The crowd at Madison Square Garden came to watch Stephen Curry put on a show. But for most of last night’s game against West Virginia, the Davidson star was missing shot after shot. Then, in the game’s final minutes, Curry showed why he is a strong national player of the year candidate, along with Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin and North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough. After missing 12 of his first 13 three-point attempts, Curry made a three-pointer to give Davidson the lead with 39 seconds remaining. Curry scored 13 of his team’s final 15 points in the game. There was no shame in losing for West Virginia, which played without second-leading scorer Alex Ruoff (shoulder) and saw Joe Mazzulla reinjure his shoulder and only play six minutes. Here is the story.

In another game against a quality opponent, Texas got 26 points from A.J. Abrams and beat Villanova, 67-58, in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic at MSG. The only blemish on Texas’s schedule has been a one-point loss to Notre Dame in Maui. Texas still plays non-conference games against Michigan State and Wisconsin, as well. Here is the story on last night’s victory.

Navy pulled out a three-point victory over Mount St. Mary’s, and Wisconsin barely beat Idaho State by two points.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 10, 2008; 9:06 AM ET
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