In the Big East, it was John Creasy Night at Freedom Hall, but unfortunately for Louisville, the Cards were unknowingly playing the part of La Hermandad, as they were downed 68-51 by an intense UConn team, who looked every bit the number one team in the country.
After watching Jeff Adrien dunk, intimidate, and bull his way to an 18-point, seven-rebound night, I have come to this conclusion: If given the opportunity to have a jail-rules fistfight with Jeff Adrien, I would pass.
But Adrien wasn’t the only Husky who came ready to play, as UConn’s balanced attack smothered the Cards. Once the Huskies’ 10-0 run to end the half extended their lead to 12, the game was all but over, with Louisville never getting closer than 10 points.
Hasheem Thabeet basically delivered his highlights for the NBA’s Draft Night, showcasing dunks, blocks, and even a nice 15-foot jumpshot. Jay Bilas is already excited to deliver his Thabeet monologue come June.
UConn’s backcourt was as solid as ever. Have fun getting a loose ball against the Huskies’ lightning-fast guards A.J. Price, Jerome Dyson, and freshman stud Kemba Walker.
For Louisville, Terrence Williams was the only Cardinal to show up, gunning his way to a career-high 26 points. Both Samardo Samuels and Earl Clark couldn’t get comfortable against UConn’s big bodies. Clark had yet another disappearing act, going 2-16 from the field, while Samuels went scoreless on just two shot attempts.
There is still a lot of ball left, but dang does UConn look good.
Over in the Big XII, Kansas traveled to Baylor and left with its undefeated conference record intact. Meanwhile, Baylor is quickly nose-diving after a tremendous first half of the season.
Doing his best to encapsulate his team’s recent struggles, Baylor’s leading scorer, Curtis Jerrells, was held without a field goal and ended the night with a mere four points.
The Jayhawks’ Sherron Collins led the way once again for KU, dropping 17 points and six assists while showcasing his chinstrap beard once again for a TV audience.
Meanwhile, the Big South now has a new leader, with Radford taking over the top spot after defeating Winthrop 59-55 on the same night that VMI slipped up at home, taking a 103-95 overtime loss to UNC-Asheville.
VMI’s assault on the NCAA’s record books continues to roll on, however. Last week, Travis and Chavis Holmes became the all-time leading scorers among twins at the NCAA Division I level, and after last night’s 37-point game, Travis became the first player in Big South history with at least 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, and 250 steals in his career.
South Carolina: If the Gamecocks can somehow pull off a sweep of the Gators tonight, they would take over the top spot in the SEC East, and with the bulk of their tough games already out of the way, it would take a meltdown for them to dip lower than a second place finish. Darrin Horn might as well collect his SEC Coach of the Year trophy now.
Oregon: What has happened to Ernie Kent’s squad? Two years ago this was an Elite Eight team. Now they are 0-9 in the Pac-10 and 6-15 overall.
The best-laid plans
So much for the Bluegrass Revival ESPN was shoving down our throats a week ago. After back-to-back losses, Kentucky all of a sudden looks just like every other average SEC team. Billy Gillispie just can’t seem to keep the folks in Lexington happy.
In an upset over Butler last night, Green Bay shot 32-35 from the free throw line. Good gracious. Butler wasn’t too shabby either, drilling 18-20 from the charity stripe. Let’s hope the kids at home were taking notes.
Creighton’s Booker Woodfox is shooting 47.6 percent from the three-point line. Sure, that stat is nice, but the kid’s name is Booker Woodfox. No stat will ever outdo the name Booker Woodfox.
The ACC apparently owns the glass: The top four rebounding teams in the country all come from the Atlantic Coast.
Stephen Curry is quietly leading the nation in scoring at 29 per game. More importantly, however, the kid is also getting 6.4 assists a contest. Curry’s latest stat line in a win over Western Carolina was one of his best yet: 26 points (on 9-16 shooting), eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals—in only 28 minutes.
Bob Knight in the SEC? No thanks. Something tells me Knight wouldn’t be a big hit on the recruiting trail in the Atlanta area. Georgia has made some terrible hires in the past, but they can’t be dumb enough to hire Knight.
Speaking of the SEC, is this the year Anthony Grant, former assistant to Billy Donovan, finally gets his shot at the big time? With spots available at Georgia and Alabama, it seems like we are just months away before the SEC hires yet another up and coming head coach.