Kentucky's Jodie Meeks Is a Manimal

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Kentucky's Jodie Meeks Is a Manimal

I am really glad I decided to stay home and watch college basketball last Tuesday night instead of going to the driving range.

It was a historic evening on the hardwood, and I probably would have ended my practice session in frustration had I elected to swing the sticks.

As I plopped down on the pleather after a hard day's work, I turned on the television to see Antonio Anderson of Memphis go coast-to-coast and make the game-winning layup.

It was an exciting moment, because the win over Tulsa extended the Tigers' winning streak over Conference USA opponents to 45 games—but a last-second shot with a streak on the line doesn't qualify as historic. Stimulating for sure, but not memorable.

The name of Jodie Meeks will forever be etched into a section of my brain after he dropped in a school record 54-points for the Kentucky Wildcats, the third-highest total in NCAA history.

Meeks was absolutely phenomenal. Everything he threw up was going in. I think he could’ve done an over-the-back from the other free-throw line and hit nothing but net.

The junior guard went 15-of-22 from the field and was 14-of-14 at the charity stripe. Did I mention he hit 10-of-15 from downtown, which set a school record for three bombs made in a single game?

The point total amassed by Meeks accounted for 60 percent of the team output and is the most points scored by any player in a regulation game over the course of the last decade.

If you see Kentucky on the TV guide in the coming weeks, you will want to tune in, because this was no fluke.

Prior to eclipsing the 50-point plateau, Meeks had already filled the box score with totals of 47, 39, and 37 this season.


More thoughts

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Oklahoma Sooners played some very impressive ball this weekend. These two teams will be formidable opponents when March rolls around, and I expect them to advance very deep in the tournament.

I previewed Wake in last week’s article and want to break down one of the squad’s star players: Jeff Teague. He is really something special.

The Deacons point guard is a decent length for his position, which gives him a long reach that enables him to get into the passing lanes. He is averaging more than two steals per game and reminds me of an Anfernee Hardaway type of player during his collegiate days who can dish, rebound, and score.

As long as Teague keeps running the type of game he is capable of, the Deacons will remain the best team in the country.

I’m not saying they will stay undefeated, but they are, by far, the best team I have seen play this season, and I’ve watched every Top 10 school thus far.

Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin will most likely be the No. 1 overall pick in the next draft, but he has a great supporting cast.

His older brother, Taylor, is a perfect complement at the forward position, and senior guard Austin Johnson has resurrected his game along with his mohawk haircut.

The Sooners boast a nice balance of personnel and this team really showed composure down the stretch against Texas A&M on Saturday, hitting key free throws as the Aggies attempted a comeback.


Wednesday night preview

Hump day always provides us with a slew of tantalizing basketball games and on the docket tonight is an ACC matchup showcased on ESPN.

North Carolina will try to improve on its .500 conference record, while Clemson is coming off the team's first loss of the season at the hands of the No. 1 team in the country—Wake Forest.

The battle in the paint should be very intriguing as UNC's Tyler Hansbrough and the Tigers' Trevor Booker are two of the best in the nation.

Expect the Tarheels to come out gunnin' at Chapel Hill with action starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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