Seattle hosts a basketball game, UCONN prevails

December 20, 2008
Yeah, you got that right

Yeah, you got that right

Are we getting to the point where college basketball can’t truly get interesting until Gus Johnson has his first “I CAN’T FEEL MY FACE!!!” call of the season?  Johnson’s 2008-09 debut was fantastic, as CBS sucessfully placed our favorite color commentator for the most enjoyable game as part of their Super Saturday.  UCONN won in a thriller, and Key Arena hosted a worthwhile event–something it doesn’t really do anymore.

Gonzaga had this game won but AJ Price wanted to keep playing, hitting an off-balance-no-business-going-in deep ball that sent the game to overtime, where UCONN ultimately cruised.

Today Price left no doubt he’s better than your team’s point guard, UNC aside.  He out shined Jeremy Pargo, with 24 points complimented with 10 assists.  As a team, the Huskies ability to take control of the extra session sans Hasheem Thabeet was quite impressive.  Throughout the game, Gongaza was apprehensive to attack the basket when the tall Tanzanian was patrolling the low post, but got wide-eyed when Calhoun had to sit him due to foul trouble.  We thought his absence would be fatal, but not so.

The Huskies are now unquestionalby the 2nd best team in the nation. Can they just play the Tar Heels now?


Purdue plays football, Curry held in check

December 20, 2008

Squinting doesn't help

Squinting doesn't help

 

Davidson’s secondary couldn’t handle the speed of Purdue’s receivers, as the Boilermakers jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and never looked back in an afternoon delight for fans in Indy.  The former is clearly a bad attempt at humor, but the latter is true and Davidson never looked so hopeless in this one.

Stephen Curry missed his first eight shots, and was blanketed by primo defending all game. He finished with 13 on 5-26 shooting. We’re guessing he’s calling this one of the worst games he’s ever played.

Purdue was certainly the trendy pick coming into this season, but hadn’t done much to live up to such expectations until today.  But this was the output we expected from them, as Matt Painter’s boys showed their potential at both ends of the floor. 


Summers saves Spartans

December 20, 2008

 

Summers three propelled Mich. St. to a win in Houston

Summers three propelled Mich. St. to a win in Houston

 It preempted Duke-Xavier in most markets, and was what a game between two elite teams should look like.   Durrell Summers clinched a big win for the Spartans, knocking down a deep ball with 18 seconds left, to secure a victory over Texas. 

Goran Suton showed how vital he can serve when healthy, leading his team with 18 points and limiting production from Dexter Pittman.  Despite poor play from Aj Abrams (eight points) the Longhorns played well enough to win. We think Abrams should be the fall guy here.  He made some questionable decisions down the stretch and is Exhibit A of how a “shoot first” point guard can hinder his team from winning.  Isolation and “getting mine” isn’t always the answer kid, especially against a Tom Izzo coached team.

The Spartans are now clicking after two ugly early season losses, and should have some renewed confidence heading into conference play. Texas should look to clean up their offense as they prepare for another gritty Big 10 team in Wisconsin.


Duke is a top 10 team, Xavier is not

December 20, 2008

 

A no-doubter for Henderson & Co.

A no-doubter for Henderson & Co.

It was a chance to grab some national attention, silence the haters, and force Dick Vitale to see beyond the BCS schools.  But that wishful thinking never materialized, as Xavier was pummled from start to finish by the Dukies in East Rutherford, 

It was a made-for-tv match-up–with Duke making one of their regular trips to the Tri-state in order to appease their area alumni–but ended up being one of the most disapointing top 10 games in recent memory.  Duke flawlessly capitalized on the Musketeers initial timid and clueless play, jumping out to an 18-1 lead. 

John Scheyer got his, in the form of 23 points on 5-7 from deep, and Gerald Henderson added 19.  Conversly, Xavier’s most noteworthy stat:  nine first-half field goals coupled with 10 turnovers.  Yikes.

The Meadowlands is clearly a comfortable place for Coach K and his players.  Let’s not forget his last December game here, in 2005 when an upbeat Texas left bruised and battered by the Blue Devils.

There will be speculation, however, that Xavier suffered from a post-finals week hangover, but that’s more of a lame excuse. Frankly, Duke is Duke and Xavier is still just an elite Atlantic 10 team still adjusting their eyes to the bright lights of network television.