There was enough college basketball played last night, and shown on television, to last a solid month. There were great matchups, and there were complete lopsided affairs. Here are my highlights of all things that matter from a night of true college basketball bliss.
Stephen Curry is sick. Blake Griffin is also sick. The flu, it's going around. Curry went for 44 points and Griffin went for 25 points and 21 rebounds, and the game was exciting. In typical Davidson fashion, they pulled closer in the last couple of minutes.
But here is the truly sick part: Curry and Davidson could have played much better. Look out. And those of you who say Curry is only a shooter are dead wrong. He is primarily a shooter, but the guy can handle and get to the basket.
Two sets of brothers played yesterday. Three brothers all played in the game featuring No. 14 Oklahoma against No. 21 Davidson: Blake and Taylor Griffin for Oklahoma and Stephen Curry for Davidson—in case you forgot from three sentences ago.
Early in the day, Stephen's younger brother Seth Curry started for Liberty and scored 18 points. Stephen had 17 points with six minutes left in the first half. Both of the Curry kids wear number 30.
Kentucky. Sorry, but it is one step away from going back to the mid-'90s—and just the thought of anything "mid-'90s" makes me throw up a little in my mouth.
Apparently Tyler Hansbrough should have gone to the NBA, or he should just sit out the whole year. Sorry, the Blue Devil on my shoulder told me to say that. Deon Thompson played 29 minutes, scored 20 points, and had nine rebounds—seven offensive. His matchup with Kentucky's Patrick Patterson was a wash—he scored 20 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The interesting stat for me is that Danny Green started and played 28 minutes and only scored six points. Maybe he danced too much before the game and wore himself out, because it definitely could not have been Kentucky's defense—they let VMI score 111 points.
After further review and a closer examination, the jerseys were not that bad. The defense, however, still made me throw up in my mouth.
Four Inches and 28 points
Four inches is the amount of Boston College's Tyrese Rice's leg you can see between the bottom of his shorts and his socks. I might be over estimating—it was probably less. Rice dropped 28 points on St. John's, shooting 8 for 12 from the floor and 10 for 13 from the foul line. BC also had two others in double figures, Joe Trapani with 19 and Rakim Sanders with 12.
The hardest hitting play of the game came in the second half when St. John's guard Malik Boothe dove into press row and gave a solid forearm to ESPN's Sean McDonough's forehead and then flew into Bill Raftery. The announcers milked it for the rest of the game.
No. 10 Purdue beat Loyola (IL) 78-46 with five different players scoring in double figures—three starters and two off the bench. E'Twaun Moore lead the team with 14 points and had seven rebounds. Robbie Hummel added 13, going 5 for 5 from the foul line and shooting 2 for 3 from distance.
This team Purdue team is more athletic and more complete then I remember—and their crowd looked tough in all black.
Bears and Gents
Even with guard Tweety Carter out for the game, Baylor still had three guards score at least 14 points. The team shot 64 percent from the floor and 47 percent from three. The team was led by Curtis Jerrells with 20 points and eight assists. He is my new favorite player named Curtis.
There is a strong feeling that many people are not buying into the Bears and their style of play. The supposed fault is that they do not commit to defense, but Baylor held the Gentlemen to only 20 points in the first half and then completely stopped playing defense and allowed 35 in the second.
Baylor also has the most talented, wealthiest, and best-known student manager in the country. Former NBA player David Wesley attended Baylor but came up short of his degree. He recently went back to fulfill his promise to his mother and is now getting towels and water for Baylor.
Tulane Wrangled by Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns beat the Tulane Green Wave 76-51. Texas had five players scoring in double figures while holding the Green Wave to 31 percent shooting. Here is a great stat about the team's defense from www.texassports.com:
"Texas is 153-14 in the Coach Barnes era when holding its opponent under 40 percent FG shooting."
Most Hyped Team
Connecticut Huskies—and they did not even play. I have them ranked in my top five, and I am starting to wonder why.
Wisconsin scored 88 points, so you know SIU Edwardsville must be horrible.
Best Basketball Name
Richmond Center Josh Duinker—pronounced Dunker.
Highest Scoring Team
North Dakota State Bison—scored 128 points against Mayville State. NDSU beat Wisconsin a couple seasons ago. Had to say it.
Most Improved Team After Last Night
Memphis Tigers. Overall No. 1 recruit Xavier Henry committed to Memphis. Upgrade!