Nation at a glance


By the numbers

2 -- Times Notre Dame freshman Troy Murphy has scored at least 30 points in a Big East game, more than any other freshman in league history.

5 -- Pac-10 games that have ended on game-winning shots this season.

9 -- Seasons between Oregon State's last win over UCLA and its one last week.

11 -- Thirty-point games in the career of Connecticut All-American Richard Hamilton, who missed No. 12 by a point in Tuesday night's 101-70 win over Notre Dame.

20 -- Consecutive games Stanford coach Mike Montgomery has started the same lineup.

41-- The age of Rutgers coach Kevin Bannon, who recently became the youngest Division I coach to win 300 games.

214 -- Interview requests since the regular season began for Rhode Island forward Lamar Odom. According to sports information director Mike Ballweg, Odom has obliged about half.

Teams on the way up

Louisville: The Cardinals have won seven of their past eight games (9-3 overall) and quieted whispers about the possible end of Denny Crum's 28-year reign.

Texas: After a 2-7 start in which the Longhorns lost their first four games under first-year coach Rick Barnes, Texas has gotten strong play from Kris Clack en route to winning five straight and six of seven.

Teams on the way down:

Clemson: Barnes' former team has lost three of its four ACC games, including its last two to Wake Forest and Florida State, to fall to 12-5.

Illinois: There is not much fight in the Illini these days, with the team 0-4 in the Big Ten heading into tomorrow's home game against Michigan State.

Pub Date: 1/15/99

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