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Posted at 8:22 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Notre Dame upsets Pittsburgh with 'burn' offense

By Eric Prisbell


What mattered Monday:

1) Notre Dame 56, Pittsburgh 51: The Irish finally got its first road win of the season, and it did it with their "burn" offense. In other words, Coach Mike Brey had his players run offense late in the shot clock, thus reducing the number of possessions in the game. It worked, and we have not seen the last of the "burn." According to ESPN.com, Notre Dame scored 37 of its 56 points with less than 11 seconds left on the shot clock.

2) Kansas State 69, Baylor 61: The Wildcats used an 11-1 run early in the second half to grab control of the game. This was not a pretty game. Two teams that have underachieved this season struggled in a head-to-head matchup. Coach Frank Martin's team, which stands side-by-side with Michigan State among the nation's most disappointing teams, earned a much needed victory.

3) George Mason 69, Delaware 49: Cam Long, the CAA's player of the week, scored 20 points, and the Patriots held Delaware to 30.4 percent shooting. Mason scored the final nine points of the first half to take a 12-point lead into the break. Mason's RPI is up to 29th.

What to watch for Tuesday:

1) Purdue at Ohio State: Two likely all-Americans, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, meet. Sullinger, a strong contender for national player of the year honors, is averaging 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds. He is also shooting 58 percent from the floor.

2) Kansas at Colorado: The Jayhawks saw the nation's longest home win streak (69 games) end with Saturday's loss to Texas. They are in for another tough game tonight. Colorado (14-6) is 11-0 at home and is one victory shy of matching its win total from last season.

3) Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: The Hokies have won nine of their past 10 games despite a depleted roster. A big key has been their defense, which is holding opponents to 59.7 points per game, best in the ACC.

By Eric Prisbell  | January 25, 2011; 8:22 AM ET
 
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