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Top of the Arc - December 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 8:15 a.m.: The ACC/Big Ten Challenge provided three nail-biters last night, but Duke-Purdue surprisingly was not one of them.

First, check out what Navy did in its 78-65 victory over Texas-San Antonio. Move over 1985 Villanova. The Midshipmen shot 84.2 percent in the second half (16 of 19) to rally from a seven-point deficit. For the game, Navy shot 71.4 percent and missed only 10 field goal attempts in the contest. Navy (6-1) is off to its best start since 1998-1999. Forward Adam Teague made all six of his shots, including four three-pointers. Guard Kaleo Kina scored 29 points. Not sure how many reporters saw this performance in person, so here is the AP story.


Duke delivered the ACC's most impressive performance last night by stifling a good Purdue team with its defense. Duke held the Boilermakers to 37 percent shooting ... Clemson edged Illinois.

Miami probably would have beaten Ohio State had guard Jack McClinton not been tossed from the game with about 10 minutes remaining in the first half for taking a swipe at a defender. The Hurricanes blew a big lead to a rebuilt Ohio State squad. Here is the story.

Boston College benefited by poor free throw shooting in the waning seconds to beat Iowa. I'm still thinking the Eagles could be a surprise team in the ACC, and by that I mean challenge the likes of Maryland or Virginia Tech for sixth or seventh.

Virginia freshman Sylven Landesberg, who entered the game averaging 20.8 points, scored 10 points on 1 of 11 shooting in the loss to Minnesota.

In Big East action, Notre Dame and Villanova continued to look strong. The Fighting Irish made 19 three-pointers. For some reason, South Dakota played zone. “We tried some man, too, and that was a disaster,” South Dakota Coach Dave Boots said. “We had no chance in that. It was unbelievable the way they shot in the first half.” Here is Brian Hamilton's story from the Tribune. The resounding loss to North Carolina in Maui might have said more about the strength of the Tar Heels than it did about Notre Dame, which will be a Big East contender once Luke Harangody returns from a bout with pneumonia.

Villanova, meanwhile, has kind of slipped under the radar. The Wildcats have won every game by at least 13 points, including last night’s route of Pennsylvania. But they have not played anyone of note. The Wildcats (7-0) are eyeing a Dec. 9 game against Texas in what will be their first true test.

Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans scored 24 points in a 100-61 win over Marist.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 3, 2008; 8:15 AM ET
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