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Top of the Arc - December 17, 2008

Dec. 17, 8:00 a.m.: I’m sure a good number of Maryland fans are keeping a close eye on the play of South Florida’s Gus Gilchrist, whose back story doesn’t need to be rehashed. In his second game for the Bulls, Gilchrist scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in South Florida’s 71-52 loss to Vanderbilt. It was the fourth straight loss for the Bulls, who look like they will have trouble winning 10 games this season. They look like they have the Big East cellar all to themselves. Got to wonder if Gilchrist is second-guessing his decision to leave Maryland.

Tennessee scored 48 points in the second half to pull away from Marquette, 80-68. Two ACC schools, Clemson and Florida State, both beat inferior opponents last night. And Texas beat Texas Southern by 16 points in a tune-up for Saturday’s game against Michigan State.

Tonight offers slim pickings in terms of nationally relevant games, but keep an eye on the score of one matchup with local ramifications. American visits George Washington in a matchup of two teams looking to gain some momentum in uneven seasons. American has lost three in a row, while the Colonials are looking to win their second straight game after the 23-point loss to Maryland in the BB&T Classic.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 17, 2008; 7:55 AM ET
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3 of USF's 5 losses are AT other schools and the other two losses are to Vanderbilt on a neutral court and Niagra at home. How many away games has Maryland played? Four. How many have they lost? Two. Gilchrist will do fine at USF and Mr. Prisbell is just upset that Gary can't keep good players.

Posted by: andersot | December 17, 2008 1:34 PM

What are you talking about - Teps have played nine game and lost 2 - both of MD's losses are against top 15 schools. USF has 4 losses against nobodies. Gilchrist will do nothing at USF.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | December 17, 2008 10:15 PM

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