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Top of the Arc - January 19, 2009

Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.: The stakes will be high when Maryland takes the court tomorrow night to play Virginia. No player understands that more than senior Dave Neal, who has always had a solid grasp of the national college basketball landscape.

“It’s pretty much a must-win,” Neal said today.

When I asked Neal how many ACC wins will be needed to reach the NCAA tournament, he said 8-8 in the conference has been good in the past but the emergence of mid-majors has made it more difficult. He then said that a 9-7 record would be enough.

I agree with that and want to map out a potential path to the NCAAs for Maryland. Using Neal’s benchmark, the Terps will need eight more wins. While the following game-by game scenario is improbable, it is certainly possible:

Jan. 20 Virginia, W
Jan. 24 at Duke, L
Jan. 27 Boston College, W
Jan. 31 Miami, W
Feb. 3 at North Carolina, L
Feb. 8 at Georgia Tech, W
Feb. 14 Virginia Tech, W
Feb. 17 at Clemson, L
Feb 21 North Carolina, L
Feb. 25 Duke, W
March 1 at North Carolina State, W
March 3 Wake Forest, L
March 7 at Virginia, W

This would give Maryland a record of 20-10 (9-7) and possibly three wins (Michigan State, Michigan, Duke) over the RPI’s top 50. It would also give Maryland three road victories. The Terps may still need one win in the ACC tournament, but, in any event, I view this outline as the best-case scenario for Maryland.

The road to nine wins continues tomorrow night.

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 19, 2009; 7:28 PM ET
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44th President Barack Obama and the 1968 "Game of the Century"

On this day January 20, 2009 Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African American and 44th President of the United States.

41-years ago on this same day College Basketball would be put on the map forever when the #1 ranked UCLA Bruins would bring their 47-game win streak into the Houston Astrodome to play the #2 ranked Houston Cougars to determine who was the best team in the country.

This would be the first nationally televised college basketball game and would be known as the "Game of the Century".

The "Game of the Century" is ranked #11 on the list of the Top 100 Sports Moments of the 20th Century.

The Bruins (13-0) were led by Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) the best player in the country. UCLA was also the defending NCAA Champions.

Elvin Hayes and his #2 Cougars (14-0) were up to challenge and matched the Bruins basket for basket. Hayes was the best player on the court this night with Alcindor playing with an eye injury.

Hayes nicknamed the "Big E" scored 39 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, with 8 block shots. He blocked Alcindor's shot 3 times. Houston would beat UCLA 71-69 with Hayes hitting 2 free-throws with seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Hayes wore the #44 for Hosuton as Barack Obama a basketball fan himself becomes the 44th President of the United States.

Other notable basketball player legends to wear the #44:

Jerry West (NBA logo), Pistol Pete Maravich, Dan Issel (ABA/NBA legend), George "Ice Man" Gervin (ABA/NBA legend), David Thompson (1974 NCAA Champion), Derrick Coleman (NCAA and NBA star).

Basball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, and Willie McCovey all wore the #44.

Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, and Ernie Davis of Syracuse University the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy both wore the #44.

Congratulations to President Barack Obama America's 44th President.

Posted by: DunkadelicTV | January 21, 2009 6:42 AM

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