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Field goals made and attempted in two recent Southern Mississippi victories by guard Neil Reed. For those who can remember when Georgetown was still good, it's also the number of shots made and taken by Kentucky in the second half of its NCAA semifinal loss to the Hoyas in 1984.


Players from the city of Chicago who have started in the same game this season for DePaul, the most home-grown talent the Blue Demons have started since 1980-81. That was two seasons after DePaul made it to the Final Four.


Arizona State players averaging more than 29 minutes a game. It helps that the Sun Devils have played one triple-overtime game (against Texas A&M;) and one overtime game (against UCLA).


Years since St. John's has been ranked in the Top 10. It's also the number of days the No. 10 Red Storm will be ranked that high, since it lost at Miami on Wednesday night and will likely take a tumble.


Double-digit assist games in the career of Oklahoma State point guard Doug Gottlieb. It's doubtful that Gottlieb will add to his school record since he has been replaced in the starting lineup.


Consecutive victories for Cincinnati forward Pete Mickeal. The junior-college transfer from Indian Hills CC won 72 straight there and 14 in a row for the Bearcats this season.


Division I career victories for Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian. The moment was celebrated with balloons falling from the ceiling and probably was videotaped by the NCAA to see if anything illegal was taking place.

Teams on the way up

Auburn: The Tigers had more than their share of skeptics before their victory Wednesday over Arkansas put them at 14-0. We'll see how good they are when they get to Rupp Arena on Jan. 20.

Miami: The Hurricanes are 3-0 in the Big East for the first time with their win over St. John's. At 9-2, Miami could be the biggest test for Connecticut so far when the Huskies visit later this month.

Teams on the way down

Memphis: What was supposed to be a Top 25 team has the makings for a disaster with four straight losses, including two at home, leaving the Tigers at 6-6.

Coppin State: How strange it is to see the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's perennial power near the bottom of the league standings, 2-12 overall and 1-3 in the MEAC for the first time.

Pub Date: 1/08/99

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