Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday's Shootaround: Louisville and Northern Iowa hurt themselves, is Florida dancing now?

Georgetown 70, Louisville 60: Louisville was in control for much of the first half. Opening up an early double digit lead, the Cardinals were able to hold on to a six point lead despite the Hoyas getting hot towards the end of the half. But with the score 35-29 coming out of the break, Georgetown -- more specifically Austin Freeman -- took control. Freeman scored the first eight points of the second half, and before Louisville knew what had hit them, Freeman had dropped 18 points in a 24-3 run by the Hoyas.

Louisville got the lead down into the single digits after hitting a couple of three, but they really never threatened Georgetown in the second half. Freeman finished with 24 of his 29 points in the second half, and Greg Monroe added 16 points, 14 boards, and 5 assists.

Syracuse 99, Providence 85: Syracuse was up 27-16 with 12 minutes to go in the first half when the Friars went on a tear. Over the next eight minutes of basketball, PC would go on a 31-13 run before eventually taking a 52-47 lead into the half.

It was the second straight half that the Orange could not get a stop. Over a 30 minutes stretch against Georgetown and Providence -- the last 13 minutes against the Hoyas and the first 17 minutes against the Friars -- Georgetown gave up 81 points. There's no doubt that Jim Boeheim ripped into his team at the half, because the Orange were a different group after the break. After Providence hit a three to open the half, they would go ice cold as the Orange went on a 26-2 run to take a 73-57 lead.

Andy Rautins had 28 points, hitting 8-12 threes, to reaffirm our suspicions. Rick Jackson added 28 and nine boards in the win.

Florida 75, Tennessee 62: The Vols mixed up their starting lineup against the Gators, bringing Scotty Hopson off the bench. It worked for a while, as Tennessee had a lead for much of the first half despite Wayne Chism's foul trouble. But the Gators rallied back to tie the game at the break, and pulled away in the second half.

The decisive run came after the Vols had taken a 44-43 lead. Florida would outscore Tennessee 27-6, getting three threes from Erving Walker along the way, as the opened up a 70-50 lead with about three minutes to go.

Bubble Watch

  • Illinois 51, Michigan 44: The Illini picked up a much needed win in a low scoring affair. After taking a 26-18 lead at the break, Illinois allowed Michigan to score the first nine points of the second half before using a 15-6 run to regain control of the game. Demetri McCamey had 14 points and Mike Davis added 13 and 12 boards.
  • Old Dominon 75, Georgia State 62: The Monarchs got 14 points fro Keyon Carter and Kent Bazemore as they picked up a nice win against GSU. Combined with the loss by Northeastern, ODU is now in sole possession of first place in the CAA.
  • Evansville 55, Northern Iowa 54: The Panthers did not show up at Evansville last night as the dropped a key game to the Purple Aces. UNI, who still should be in contention for an at-large bid, may now want to win the MVC tournament just to be safe.
Other notable scores
  • Kansas State 83, Texas Tech 64: Jacob Pullen scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half as the Wildcats knocked off the Red Raiders on the road.
  • New Mexico 72, Colorado State 66: The Lobos got 15 points and 10 boards from Darington and Roman Martinez buried a number of huge shots in the second half as UNM held on to beat a scrappy Colorado State on the road last night.
  • Miami 74, Virginia 62: Dwayne Collins scored 18 points to lead four Canes in double figures as Miami knocked off UVa despite 27 points from Sylvan Landesberg.
  • Seton Hall 76, Rutgers 70: Jeremy Hazell had 25 points to lead the Pirates.

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