Monday, March 24, 2008

College Basketball 3/24

Davidson 74, Georgetown 70
Davidson was down as much as 17 in the second half as their star Stephon Curry struggled, shooting 2-12, but they were able to come back and were against Big East juggernaut Georgetown. Georgetown shot 63% from the field for the game, but they turned the ball over 20 times. Roy Hibbert never found a rhythm, ending with just six points and taking only three shots for the game. He fouled out in 16 minutes. Davidson's comeback was a 16-2 run early in the second half to trim a 16 point lead down to 2, and from that point on Curry took over, scoring 20 of the Wildcat's last 26 points.

Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky
Lee scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals as Western Kentucky was able to hold on after blowing another big lead to send the Hilltoppers to a sweet 16 matchup with UCLA. Lee was 4-5 from deep, including one with 6:17 left in a tie game that gave WKU the lead for good after San Diego went on an 18-2 run to take their first lead since the first half.

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
Reynolds was fantastic on Sunday, leading the Wildcats with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists as Villanova advanced past Siena 84-72 to face Kansas in the sweet 16. Villanova reached the second weekend on the tourney for the third time in four years, but this was the most unlikely as 'Nova was one of, if not the last team invited. Siena never led in this game, as Reynolds scored 17 of the first 30 for the Wildcats.

Honorable Mention
AJ Abrams, Texas (26 pts, 4 asts, 6 3's), Stephon Curry, Davidson (30 pts, 5 asts, 3 stls, 5 3's), Joey Dorsey, Memphis (13 pts, 12 rebs, 6 blks), Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State (21 pts, 11 rebs, 5 asts), Damion James, Texas (16 pts, 16 rebs, 3 blks), Gyno Pomare, San Diego (20 pts, 9 rebs, 3 stls), Jason Richards, Davidson (20 pts, 5 asts)

North Carolina
The Tar Heels cemented themselves as the favorite to win the title as they scored over 100 points and won by 30+ for the second straight game, this time against a good Arkansas team. Wayne Ellington led the Heels with 20 points, while Ty Lawson had 19 points and 7 assists and Tyler Hansbrough dropped in 17 to go along with 10 boards. UNC shot over 67% from the floor for the game.

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