Nation at a glance

February 12, 1999

By the numbers

6 One-point games involving the University of California-Santa Barbara this season. The Gauchos have lost five of them.

8 Times Rhode Island's Lamar Odom has been named Freshman of the Week in the Atlantic 10, one shy of the record set by Temple's Mark Macon in 1988 and equaled by George Washington's Yinka Dare in 1993.

9.4 Rebounds Notre Dame freshman Troy Murphy has averaged this season. Murphy could become the first freshman to lead the Big East in rebounding.

22.2 The scoring average of Houston junior "Gee" Gervin. It is the highest total by a Cougars newcomer since Elvin Hayes scored 27 points a game during the 1965-66 season.

0-3 Texas A&M's record this season when it's shot better than 50 percent from the field.

29-3 Penn's lead on Princeton late in the first half of Tuesday night's Ivy League showdown at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The Tigers staged one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA history to win, 50-49.

Teams on the way up

Winthrop: The Eagles have been the surprise of the Big South. Picked to finish last after going 7-20 a year ago, Winthrop is 16-7 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Nebraska: After a disappointing football season, Cornhuskers fans have something to cheer about this winter. Nebraska (16-8) has won eight of its past nine games, including two wins over Kansas, to move into contention for an NCAA bid.

Teams on the way down

Cincinnati: After winning 20 of their first 21, the Bearcats have lost two straight in Conference USA.

Toledo: After a 10-0 start that included wins over Ohio State and Xavier, the Rockets have fizzled. Now 16-5 and with an RPI falling to 41st, they are in jeopardy of not getting an at-large bid if they don't win the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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