Kentucky's John Calipari: 'We went to the wrong guys' late against Alabama
What mattered Tuesday:
1) Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 75: Big East teams have the opposite problem of ACC teams. There are almost too many quality opponents on the schedule for Big East teams. So when you play the non-NCAA tournament hopefuls, you can't afford to lose those few games. The Hoyas nearly did Tuesday night. Austin Freeman made 10 of 13 field goal attempts and scored 28 points. The Hoyas made 8 of 9 free throws down the stretch. And Seton Hall was never the same after Herb Pope fouled out. Now it gets tougher: St. John's, Villanova and Louisville are up next for the Hoyas.
2) Alabama 66, Kentucky 68: Yes, there is basketball being played in the SEC West. The division had been virtually irrelevant until the Crimson Tide upended a young Kentucky team. The Wildcats rallied from a 20-point deficit and nearly pulled it out. "We had no business being in the game the way we played," Kentucky Coach John Calipari said. "Then all of a sudden we have the ball in a one-point game and had a chance to win. I am learning, who do I go to? We went to the wrong guys."
3) North Carolina 75, Clemson 65: This game was closer than the score indicates. Clemson failed to score in the final 4 ½ minutes to ensure its 55th straight loss at UNC. Freshman Reggie Bullock scored 18 points. UNC Coach Roy Williams, so disheartened by the 20-point loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday, made a lineup change, replacing Larry Drew II with Kendall Marshall at point.
What to watch for Wednesday:
1) St. John's at Louisville: Fresh off an 18-point rally in the final 5:44 against Marquette on Saturday, Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said: "We had to have that game, we have to have this game. You don't know where the wins are going to come from in this conference. You have no idea." That sums up the Big East. Pitino is not exactly surprised by St. John's this season. He picked them to win the Big East.
2) Virginia at Boston College: The Cavaliers have lost four of six games and appear like they are playing spoiler at this point. The Eagles may have lost to two Ivy League teams at home, but they have a 3-1 ACC record and an RPI of 34. With Florida State, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech on the immediate horizon, BC needs to beat the Cavaliers at home if they are to be taken seriously as an NCAA tournament contender.
3) Penn State at Purdue: There may be better games Wednesday, but if you are a Maryland fan then you need to root hard for Penn State. Right now, Maryland's best win is against Penn State, which has come to life by beating Michigan State and Illinois this month. The better Penn State does, the better Maryland's victory looks. And Maryland is in search of a quality victory.
| January 19, 2011; 8:35 AM ET
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