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Night Court: One of the best nights this season

Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:05 am
Edited on: February 9, 2012 12:24 am
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Syracuse: still only has one loss thanks to Kris Joseph's clutch shooting Wednesday night. (US PRESSWIRE)
By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday night’s reaffirming slate of games …

Game of the Night:  Syracuse and Georgetown was the better game. And that's the tremendous thing about it. When most of the sports world tuned in to ESPN to watch two classic hoops rivalries, both tilts delivered in a huge way. And Syracuse and Georgetown better continue to play games at the Carrier Dome going forward. (Syracuse is headed to the ACC very soon.) The sweet came in the way the overtime played out. The Orange -- who, by the way, will get overshadowed again thanks to Austin Rivers -- played terribly but still got the win, 64-61 in the extra session. Jim Boeheim's angry with the world, even though he passed Dean Smith's record for all-time wins, now owning 880.

Game of the Night, No. 2: Duke and Carolina added a thick chapterto the sport's best rivalry. This comeback doesn't top Duke's against Maryland more than a decade ago, but it's close. UNC had no business losing that game at home. We'll have more on the site soon, and you can check Parrish's reaction from Chapel Hill in the post below this one.

Win to brag about: Notre Dame is an 8-3 Big East team. This is 10 times more shocking than Jeremy Lin’s week. Mike Brey’s team is headed to the tournament so long as it avoids the fact that it is Notre Dame and is playing each game with pixie dust. The Irish went on the road and won against West Virginia, 55-51. Notre Dame's tremendous season takes another back seat tonight because of the other two huge games.

Loss to hide from: Baylor, you can't hide tonight. You want to. Most will overlook you, but I won't. Not here. Awful performance by the Bears, who got punked at home by Kansas, 68-54. Baylor's soft. It plays in stretches that mirror the kind of effort you see from bad JV teams at the end of the season. Baylor could win every game from now until the end of the Big 12 tournament: it’s still not getting a one seed. The Bears got conclusively slammed to the mat by Kansas tonight. Great for the Jayhawks, who might just end up winning the damn Big 12 again, against some serious odds, but Baylor's bandwagon emptied, and they should be mocked for how they laid down.

Loss to hide from: It’s not hard to win at Boston College. But it’s hard for Florida State, which is building up quite the bipolar resume. The Seminoles leave Beantown with a 64-60 loss in their pockets. PUKE.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Austin Rivers. Twenty-nine on the road in the biggest game of his life to date. Then he hits the game-winning 3 over the other player who'd played so well, Tyler Zeller. Watershed moment tonight for Rivers and his role on this team going forward. Toss him the keys, K.

Another player who deserves improper benefits: Jeff Withey's career-high 25 for Kansas deserves recognition. Incredible job by him tonight, pulling Kansas to a runaway win.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 46-4. According to my man John Gasaway, Drexel, VCU, ODU, George Mason and Georgia St. are 46-4 against the rest of the CAA. Wowow.
  • 28-1. And if you thought that was dominance, consider LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and St. Francis (NY) are 28-1 vs. NEC foes.
  • 6.  In the NEC, Wagner reached 20 wins. Sixth time it's done it. 
  • 33%. That's Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik's record in the ACC to date. Among the worst in league history.  the worst coach in recent ACC history? Bob Wade won 41% of games. Les Robinson, 44%. Buzz: 33%.
  • 10. Zeller needs another bump for his play which was so good until the end, when he inadvertently tipped in a Duke ball, missed a free throw and didn't get a hand in Rivers' face before the game-winner. Zeller's now at 10 double-doubles this season, which is twice as many as he had in the past three years.

Three other notable results

  1. Southern Miss goes into UAB and takes on some water, falling 71-61, losing its second C-USA game.
  2. I sold too soon on Saint Louis, which got to 7-3 in the A10 tonight with a 72-60 win at St. Joe’s tonight. Billikens will be a tournament team.
  3. La Salle lost 78-76 at mediocre Richmond tonight, and so their Atlantic 10 honeymoon is officially over.

Notes

  • So long as I’m in charge of Night Court, you won’t see another Arkansas result passed along. The Hogs fell 81-59 AT GEORGIA, and remain winless on the road this season. Mike Anderson’s team was never a serious NCAA tournament threat, but this cements their complete irrelevance this season.
  • I almost want to go there with Pitt, but I’ll still hold out and see what the Panthers can scrounge up down the stretch. Pitt fell at South Florida tonight, swiftly debunking a lot of the good ink they’d gotten over the past two weeks. Also not a tournament team.
  • After 15 straight wins by the MAC East over the MAC West, Toledo's 77-73 W against Ohio ends the intra-conference massacre.
  • Seton Hall avoided a season-ending loss tonight at Rutgers. Giants wide receive Victor Cruz was there to watch.
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Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

How many NCAA Division I wins do you have, mytwocents44? 

Jim Boehehim, 880.
Mytwocents44, 0.

When I look for coaching hints, I'll ask Boeheim.
LOL!  All this post needs is an animation of Kelso saying 'BURNNNN!'



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:35 pm
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

How many NCAA Division I wins do you have, mytwocents44? 

Jim Boehehim, 880.
Mytwocents44, 0.

When I look for coaching hints, I'll ask Boeheim.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

"If Georgetown was the better team they would have won. "

They would have if it wasn't for the refs hosing us all game. But I'm over it. Anyone watching the game saw the Hoyas out play Syracuse. I'm confident going forward. No team scares me after that performance.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:06 pm
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

Redmedicine, when you call Duke a top 10 university, you mean for basketball right?  Your not actually suggesting it's a top 10 academic school are you?  The rich kids from Long Island don't even consider Duke until they've gotten rejection letters from the all the Ivy League schools and a couple dozen other over-priced northeastern schools like William, NYU, Hamilton, ect.  

As for the wins, numbers are numbers.  Boeheim has more wins at one school than anyother coach in the history of the game.  If you want to count total wins regardless of school, go right ahead, they're is certainly a claim to being the most successful mercenary of time.  Bob Huggins and Roy Williams seem to be gunning for that title.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:16 pm
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

Weak analogy on the ND-Jeremy Lin angle.  ND never loses at home so they were going to win at least 9 conference games anyways.  Lin is a good player, but for some retarded reason and despite the pleas of their marketing dept, Golden State got rid of him.  An Asian-American player playing in San Fran?  No, that wouldn't be a marketing goldmine.  A point guard who can score and create his own shots...yeah it's shocking to see someone like that do well.,,,



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

If you count total wins, I don't, then that record is Coach K's.  But why should Duke fan's celebrate games their coach won at Army?  That would just be stupid, then again, we are talking about Duke.
Hey troll, crawl back under your bridge.  Last time anybody checked, Army is a Division I basketball school and the record is for most wins in Division I.  Which is why not only Duke fans, but everybody celebrates them. I'm glad to know you apparently don't count Division I wins towards the Division I records.  It doesn't surprise me why you think Duke fans are stupid, because stupid is as stupid doesn't count wins.  Also, Duke fans may be arrogant and elitist but if you went to a top ten university and graduated, you probably aren't stupid.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:45 am
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

No the record isn't Coach K's.  Coach K only has 847 wins at Duke.  So he's a way's behind Boeheim for all-time wins.

If you count total wins, I don't, then that record is Coach K's.  But why should Duke fan's celebrate games their coach won at Army?  That would just be stupid, then again, we are talking about Duke. 



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:22 am
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

, even though he passed Dean Smith's record for all-time wins, now owning 880.
Also, isn't the record Coach K's?

This should read, "even though he passed Dean Smith on the all-time win list, now owning 880." 



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:20 am
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

Good coaches almost always trash their victories. 

Bill Self does it regularly with Kansas. By pointing out everything the team did poorly it helps keep their head on straight. Coack K tearing his team down probably helped his team prepare a little bit harder against UNC.

Boeheim probably saw his Cuse team nearly get upset by G-Town and thought he needed to re-motivate them. It'd be different if these coaches never said anything positive, but that's not the case. These guys are excellent at pushing the right buttons to get the right outcomes on the court. 



Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:26 am
 

Night Court: One of the best nights this season

The assessment of Baylor here is spot on.  That was a disaster in the second half last night.  Lottery pick Perry Jones has been the defintion of "soft" in big games.  Five points last night and a scared and confused expression doesn't translate well to the NBA.  Baylor has the talent to get three rounds deep in the tourney, but when they run into the big dogs (Kentucky, North Carlina, Syracuse, Kansas, etc.)......good bye.  Having said that, for this program to be where they are now, considering where they were ten years ago is a miracle.



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