Just as the Notebook told you yesterday, if Notre Dame doesn't force turnovers, they won't get it done against Syracuse, regardless of how many points Luke Harangody gets. And just the Notebook told you, the Irish didn't have the wherewithal defensively to make that happen. The Orange only had 11 turnovers and shot 49 percent from the floor in a 84-71 win at South Bend. Harangody was sensational--31 points and 14 rebounds, but you can't win in the major conferences without playing some defense. The 'Cuse got 21 from Andy Rautins in the backcourt, plus 22 from Wesley Johnson up front. Jim Boeheim's club continues to be able to win any number of ways.
And just as the Notebook told you yesterday, Kansas State's got no shot against Texas...uh, wait a minute, never mind. I was completely unprepared for the fact that K-State not only took down the top-ranked
Longhorns, but seized command pretty quickly, holding UT to 26 first half points. Texas was completely ineffective in all phases of the game. The Wildcats enjoyed a 42-34 rebounding advantage, and as is often the case, controlling the inside meant an advantage in getting to the foul line, where the home team won the game, outscoring the visitors 20-9 from the stripe. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that the Kansas State hero was reserve forward Jamar Samuels, who knocked down 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.