Nation at a glance

December 18, 1998|By Don Markus

By the numbers

2.5 Years it took Arizona guard Josh Pastner to graduate. Pastner will graduate tomorrow and then rejoin the team for a game that night against Iowa State in Las Vegas.

5 Atlantic 10 teams shooting under 50 percent.

7.7 Seconds remaining when opposing players hit key three-pointers to help beat winless Eastern Michigan. One by Boise State won the game, the other by Colorado State sent the game into overtime. Eastern Michigan also lost a game with five seconds to play.

11 Pac-10 players who have missed games because of ankle sprains. All but one are still out of action.

16 Unsuccessful trips Seton Hall made to the Carrier Dome before Tommy Amaker became coach. The Pirates have now won two straight there against Syracuse.

30 Points scored by Notre Dame freshman Troy Murphy in his Big East debut, against Providence, matching the previous record set in 1994 by Georgetown's Allen Iverson, also against the Friars. Teams moving up

Rutgers: At 7-1, the Scarlet Knights are off to their best start in 16 years. Put it this way: The last time they were this good, Brian Ellerbe was their point guard.

Wisconsin: With their first Top 25 ranking since 1994, the 10-1 Badgers have won at Rhode Island and Temple.

Teams moving down

Utah: Rick Majerus predicted this would be a rebuilding season for the now 5-4 Utes, and losses at Utah State and Texas might prove him correct.

Washington: After a 4-0 start, the Huskies have been hurt by Donald Watts' sprained ankle and have lost three straight, including back-to-back road defeats at Boise State and Gonzaga.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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