The NBA is awesome? Baby?

January 7, 2009


In an intelligent move by ESPN to drum up some interest, we tuned into the unique NCAA/NBA double header and were generally entertained at the dichotomy between the two levels of play and respective announcing crews involved.

At Cameron Indoor, Jeff Van Gundy was astounded that two basketball coaches could tell his players to run an offense for an entire game, Mike Tirico seemed perplexed that a campus could be so bereft of the quintessential college coed, and Mark Jackson had nothing, absolutely nothing, to say. 

Davidson got off to a slow start, and didn’t seem too interested in actually keeping this game close until about seven minutes left in the game, getting down by 27 at one point.  Too late however, as Duke gets another convincing victory.

Davidson Duke Basketball

Sixteen turnovers killed the Wildcats, seven coming in the first eight minutes of the game. Steph Curry smugly walked around chewing on his mouthpiece, but his impact was not extraordinary.  That said, he still managed to “get his,” finishing with 29 points on 10 of 22 shooting.  While the ESPN producers pushed the crew to discuss, ad nauseam, Curry’s prospects in the NBA, it’s clear Van Gundy can’t stand college basketball players.  He lauded the atmosphere and Duke as a program, but clearly wouldn’t draft one of these guys if given the chance…to coach again.

For Duke they’re supposed to win games like this, but it was their fifth consecutve convincing victory — winning by an average of 27.4 points. As Caucasian-laden as they are, the Blue Devils clearly belong in the Final Four equation.

The varsity game featured Dwayne Wade in a uniform, and Carmelo Anthony in a sharp red suede sport coat.  Vitale was naturally lively, and seems to do a much better job keeping up on professional basketball then Van Gundy and Jackson do on the interscholastic game.  Score and story line don’t interest us too much here, as we eventually moved on to round two of Gonzaga – Tennessee.

Quickie Recap 12.9: Stephen Curry is still captivating, ‘Horns top Cats

December 10, 2008
Can't stop, won't stop...he'll get his, eventually

Can't stop, won't stop...he'll get his, eventually

Four things were made apparent tonight at MSG:

  • Stephen Curry knows how to share (10 Assists)
  • Stephen Curry needs to shave the ‘stache
  • Stephen Curry will take an average Davidson team back to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament
  • Dexter Pittman is fast becoming a Dexatrim success story.

Yes, Davidson pulled off another attention grabbing victory with Curry providing the last minute heroics once again.  You saw it coming.  He couldn’t of been more off with his shot for the first 38 minutes, but it was just for effect and Curry flipped on the switch for the last two minutes, sealing West Virginia’s fate, 68 – 65.

We shouldn’t look past the fact the Mountaineers were a fairly depleted unit tonight.  No Joe Mazzoula and no Alex Rouff, which you can attribute their lackluster 33 percent from the field.  They did get 24 points and 14 rebounds out of emerging star The Da’ Sean Butler– who looked stellar in-person, according to our correspondent who was on hand.

The night cap proved to be very uneventful.  Texas was clearly the better team, teasing the ‘Cats all game long, but pulling away to win 67 – 58.  AJ Abrams did his part in the cause, again, with 18 of his 26 coming in the second half.  Had Texas shot free throws “granny style,” the ‘Horns might have finished off ‘Nova midway through the second half.

Now we love this event, and the Jimmy V speech never gets old.  But we don’t understand why it’s not a true tournament, because Curry vs. Abrams would be appointment television.

Quickie Recap 11.25: Heels to meet Irish in Maui final, ‘Cuse knocks off another

November 26, 2008

Tuesday night certainly provided some flair. Probably not enough for that dickhead restaurant manager in Office Space, but flair nonetheless

Jonny Flynn was the catalyst in a 14 point comeback win for Syracuse. The Orange knocked off their second ranked opponent (#23 Kansas, #18 Florida) in two days. Flynn hit a clutch 3 pointer to tie it up with 6 seconds to go and then the Orange brought the hammer down in OT.

Interesting to see these guys celebrate after the win. A little much? Let’s not forget it is the “O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.” We’re just saying kids, act like you’ve been there before.

We’re pretty sure we know what UNC is bringing to the Thanksgiving dinner Luau, Duck Soup. The most entertaining part of the UNC – Oregon game was the last 3 minutes when UNC unloaded the bench, let’s be honest…we all wanted to see guys like this get some quality PT.

UNC will meet Notre Dame after the Irish slipped by Texas in an entertaining game. The first thing that sticks out here…AJ Abrams was 5-17 in 3pt attempts, Kyle McAlarney was 5-9. Looks like AJ is still learning to play point guard…sometimes you gotta pass first buddy.

Anyone have the over/under on the amount of times they mention the
Hansbrough Brothers or the Zeller Brothers playing for opposite teams? We guessing 16, and that’s 15 times too many.

In other news, Stephen Curry was held scoreless in 32 minutes of play!!! Loyola still loses by 30. A valiant effort Greyhounds.

What to Watch Wednesday night: #8 Notre Dame vs. #1 UNC, 10pm ESPN

Quickie 11.18: Babyfaced Curry gets 44 in loss, Griffin looks like “Man Among Boys”

November 19, 2008
Curry floats one over Griffin #2 (Taylor)

Curry with the floater, he's nasty

Four or five years ago you would not have been surprised to read an ESPN Bottom Line: Oklahoma 82, Davidson 44. However, add in Stephen Curry, son of former NBA sharp shooter Dell Curry (arguably one of the top moustaches in the NBA), and you get those 44 points (from him alone) plus some, a career high for the Junior.

Our first Top 25 match up of the early season pitted #14 the Sooners from Oklahoma (3-0) and the #21 Curry Davidson Wildcats (2-1) in Norman, Oklahoma. The Wildcats were down as much as 21 points but as we all found out in March, never count out Davidson, NO MATTER WHO THEY PLAY. It took 29 shots for Curry to get his 44 but he did finish a non-super-human 6-15 from behind the arc. Only one other player finished in double figures for the Wildcats, Andrew Lovedale had 10 points.

As for Griffin and his Sooner’s, a lot of power forwards in the Big 12 probably did not get a good night sleep on Tuesday night. Nightmares of Griffin’s groin region flying over their face ambushed their REM sleep. At one point last night Fran Fraschilla (actually) added something to the color commentary of the game, when he compared Blake Griffin to Amare Stoudemire. Griffin led the team in all five major statistical categories…WOW…finishing with 25 points, and a modest 21 rebounds…sarcasm anyone? Also impressive was Sooner freshman Willie Warren, who finished with 20 points.

The Sooner’s looked impressive, and despite the comeback last night, they were able to shut the door on Davidson and take care of business. Don’t write Davidson off yet, last year they suffered an eerily similar loss to North Carolina early in the season by the same margin (4 points), and ended up being the Cinderella of March.

A great game yes, but you can bet it was just the appetizer for what’s to come in Norman. Saturday, undefeated #2 Texas Tech rolls into town trying to hold on to their Big 12 title hopes against the #5 Sooners. This game is definitely on par, in terms of hype, with the USC-Ohio State and any SEC game this season.