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Eddie Basden has been watching. On tape. On television. On the court. He knows what N.C. State's Julius Hodge likes and doesn't like to do with the basketball. <p><small><b>Other featured stories for 3/17:</b></small> <li><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/ncaatournament/story/55CDCC8DD4F64A8A86256FC700240F72?OpenDocument" target=blank><b>The play's the thing for N.C. State star</b></a>

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"I look to stop what he does, or contain his strengths and try to play him into his weaknesses. Like anything, it's just keeping him off-balance and unaware of what I'm trying to do." - Charlotte forward Eddie Basden on how he plans on stopping Julius Hodge



A pair of aces
Jena Janovy
Eddie Basden has been watching. On tape. On television. On the court. He knows what N.C. State's Julius Hodge likes and doesn't like to do with the basketball. Basden compares him to the best he's guarded this season, guys like Francisco Garcia of Louisville, Kennedy Winston of Alabama and Rodney Carney of Memphis. Long, athletic types who can score inside and outside, handle the ball, run the floor, take over a game. Read More

The play's the thing for N.C. State star
Vahe Gregorian * Post-Dispatch
When Wake Forest's Chris Paul smacked North Carolina State's Julius Hodge in the groin to leave him crumpled on the floor 11 days ago, Paul was suspended for a game and condemned for his crude act. But some might figure the flamboyant Hodge provoked it or had it coming. And others could think Hodge made it look worse than it was. Read More



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