Sunday, February 1, 2009

Monday Morning Shootaround - Weekend Recap

Apologies to everyone for not getting a Sunday Roundup post done, but you know, sometimes life gets in the way (but hey, click on some ads and make me some money so I can make this my fulltime gig - then we won't have to worry about missed Sunday posts). Anyway, there was some football game on today, and I'm sure most of you were focused a bit more on the Pursuit for the Lombardi Trophy then you were on the Saturday happenings in college hoops.

Speaking of which, that was quite a game, to say the least. Hopefully you were able to eat and drink your fill (I was). Interesting stat of the day: antacid sales increase by 20% at 7-11 stores on Super Bowl Monday.

Anyway, back to the point. Now that football season is over, we can focus fully on basketball. Here at BIAH, that is going to take the form of much more analysis and breakdown's, and less of the morning shootaround's and lay-up lines. For example, tonight we will be trying out this new live-blogging software for the UConn-Louisville game, so be sure to come by at 7pm. Here is a quick roundup of the games from this weekend. There were five upsets that you should make note of:

  • Georgia Tech 76, Wake Forest 74: Both Al-Farouq Aminu (17, 11 boards, and 5 steals) and Alade Aminu (10, 13 boards, and 6 blocks) had big games, but they were overshadowed by Tech's freshman PG Iman Shumpert. Shumpert hit a game-tying elbow jumper with 20 seconds left, and after Harvey Hale threw away a pass, he hit the game-winner from the same spot with one second left as the Yellow Jackets picked up their first ACC win. This week, Wake has beaten the #1 team in the country (Duke) and lost to the worst team in the ACC (Georgia Tech).
  • Kansas State 85, Texas 81 OT: Denis Clemente tied Michael Beasley's record for most points in a Big XII game with 44 as the Wildcats were able to hang on after a furious Longhorn rally down the stretch. K-State used a 16-0 run in the first half to build a 30-17 lead, and kept that distance for most of the game. But down 63-46 with just 7:02 left in the game, the Longhorns used a press and a trapping defense to make a furious come back, going on a 28-11 run, capped by a Justin Mason runner, to force OT. In the extra frame, Fred Brown knocked down a three with 18 seconds left to give K-State an 82-79 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
  • Washington 84, Arizona State 71: While it may not technically be an upset (the Huskies are tied for first place in the conference), it is still a changing of the guard, so to speak, atop the Pac-10. With the Huskies coming off of a loss at Arizona, this win was huge for them as they kept pace with UCLA (they hold the tie-breaker right now as they beat the Bruins in January). Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas combined for 55 pointsas U-Dub built a lead as big as 19 in the second half. The Sun Devils made a run, getting it to 74-68 with under two minutes left, but the Huskies made eight straight free throws to ice it.
  • Portland 84, St. Mary's 66: The Gaels took an early 10 point lead, but hot shooting from Portland (52.4 % from the game, 6-6 from deep in the second half) and a 26-5 run spanning both halves gave the Pilot's at 40-29 lead. It was St. Mary's first game without Patty Mills, who broke two bones in his right hand. This is the way I see it: when the selection committee takes a look at this Gaels team, they need to break down their season into two parts - with Mills and without Mills. With him, they are a legitimate top 25 team in the country. While they may not have the wins to prove it (Randy Bennett needs to start scheduling like Mark Few if he wants the Gaels to become a program consistently in the top 25), they did do have arguably the best PG in the country with shooters to surround him and a front line that makes the majority of the power conference teams jealous. Without Mills, they are just an average WCC team, as evidenced by the whooping they took from Portland.
  • Penn State 72, Michigan State 68: Who's the best point guard in the country? Darren Collison? Ty Lawson? Steph Curry? Maybe Talor Battle deserves to be in that conversation. The sophomore is averaging 19, 5, and 5 after going for 29 against Michigan State. But more importanly, the Nittany Lions are now 17-5, 6-3 in the Big Ten (good for second place), and own league wins over Purdue and now the Spartans. They have a tough next six games (@ Michigan, Wisconsin, @ Purdue, Minnesota, @ Illinois, @ Ohio State), but if they can make it through that stretch relatively unscathed, I think you are looking at a tourney team. Back to the game, Penn State was up 68-56 with seven minutes left, but the Spartans (who were essentially playing with out Raymar Morgan - walking pneumonia) went on a 12-1 run, cutting the lead to 69-68 after PSU went 1-8 from the line (including three front ends). But Andrew Jones III made three straight at the end to ice it after Kaling Lucas missed a free throw and a jumper in the last minute, both of which would have tied the game at the time.
There were also quite a few buzzer beaters and exciting finishes from over the weekend:
  • Iman Shumpert from Georgia Tech beating the Demon Deacons.

  • Rakim Sanders tipped in a Tyrese Rice miss with 0.4 seconds left as Boston College beat Virginia Tech 67-66.

  • Devan Downey hit a pull-up over Jodie Meeks to beat the Wildcats in Rupp.

  • Sylvester Seay hits a 3/4 court shot at the buzzer to send Fresno State into overtime against Utah State.

Here is a quick rundown of the rest of the scores from the weekend, starting with Saturday:
  • UConn 94, Providence 61
  • Pitt 93, Notre Dame 80
  • Oklahoma 78, Iowa State 68
  • UNC 93, NC State 76
  • Louisville 69, West Virginia 63
  • Marquette 94, Georgetown 82
  • Xavier 82, UMass 80
  • UCLA 97, Stanford 63
  • Purdue 67, Michigan 49
  • Memphis 83, Houston 68
  • Gonzaga 64, San Diego 47
  • VCU 66, Hofstra 62
  • Northeastern 73, Delaware 59
  • Old Dominion 73, George Mason 71
  • Maryland 73, Miami FL 68
  • Rutgers 75, DePaul 56
  • Utah 69, New Mexico 68
  • BYU 84, Wyoming 60
  • Oregon State 57, Oregon 54
  • USC 73, Cal 62
  • Northern Iowa 61, Indiana State 57
  • Ohio State 93, Indiana 81
  • UNLV 59, Air Force 38
  • Kansas 66, Colorado 61
  • Illinois State 69, Bradley 65
  • Missouri 89, Baylor 72
  • Northwestern 66, Wisconsin 63
  • Mississippi 67, Mississippi State 63
  • Davidson 55, Samford 52
  • LSU 79, Arkansas 69
  • Alabama 75, Georgia 70
  • Tennessee 79, Florida 63
  • Arizona 66, Washington State 56
  • Texas A&M 76, Oklahoma State 64
  • Nebraska 82, Texas Tech 69
And from Sunday:
  • Duke 79, Virginia 54
  • Illinois 62, Iowa 54
  • Villanova 71, Cincinnati 50
  • St. John's 65, South Florida 48
  • Dayton 69, St. Joe's 58

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