Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday Morning Shootaround

The game of the night took place in Rupp Arena as Kentucky was able to knock off Florida 68-65. Florida was up 62-56 with just 3:12 left, but Jodie Meeks took over, scoring 10 (of his 23) of the last 12 Wildcat points, including the game winner with 4.3 seconds left (here is another angle of it):

As you could tell from the fan's reaction in the video, Nick Calathes was fouled on that last second three point shot. But he missed all three free throws, much to the chagrin of Jimmy Dykes, who was hyping Calathes all game. Seriously, did anyone else hear that? It was borderline obsession. I was going to snap if he said one more thing about Calathes' "game face".

Is it just me, or are kids getting thrown out of games at an unusually high rate this year? For the second time in a few weeks, a player was thrown out of a game for stepping on an opponent. This time, it was Walter Hodge stepping on the arm of Perry Stevenson. While this one did not look as intentional as Aubrey Coleman's assault on the face of Chase Budinger, Hodge still deserved a trip to the showers.

Also of note, Patrick Patterson hurt his ankle with 9:06 left in the game and did not return.

The rest of the Wednesday's action:

  • Villanova 102, Marquette 84: Scottie Reynolds scored 27 points as Villanova overcame a torrid first half by the Golden Eagles, who hit 8 of their first 10 three's. It was 'Nova's sixth straight win in conference, while Marquette dropped their second in a row after opening up Big East play 9-0. Jerel McNeal had 23 and 7 dimes in the loss. I'm starting to become a believer in the Wildcats. I love Dante Cunningham. He is the perfect big man for a team full of perimeter players because he can step out and knock down a jump shot, which spreads the floor for the 'Nova guards. And those 'Nova guards are excellent. Scottie Reynolds has been playing very well of late, averaging 22.7 ppg in his last three. Corey Fisher and found his stroke during this six game winning streak, and is becoming a better distributor. But the guys I am most enamored with are Dwayne Anderson, Reggie ReddingN and Shane Clark. All three are "tweeners", but instead of being a detriment, Jay Wright uses it too his advantage. Since all three players can play three positions (and more importantly defend three positions very well), it gives him an incredible amount of versatility.
  • Michigan State 54, Michigan 42: Kalin Lucas had 15 and Delvon Roe added 14 an 10 boards as the Spartans continued to roll through the Big Ten. Michigan didn't trail by double digits until late in the second half, but never mounted a serious threat.
  • Florida State 68, Virginia 57: Toney Douglas scored 19 point and had 7 dimes as the 'Noles knocked off the Cavs.
  • Clemson 87, Boston College 77: The Tigers got 21 and 13 from Trevor Booker and used a hot shooting second half to knock off BC.
  • Texas 99, Oklahoma State 74: The Longhorns shot 57% from the floor and AJ Abrams added 20 points as they snapped a three game losing streak.
  • Providence 77, South Florida 62
  • Seton Hall 72, DePaul 49
  • Minnesota 62, Indiana 54
  • UNLV 71, TCU 57

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