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Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:34 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 6:34 pm
In perhaps the game of the year, Tyshawn Taylor's two free throws with 8.3 seconds left in overtime gave Kansas a come-from-behind 87-86 win over Missouri. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

On busier Saturdays and Sundays this season, we’re not going to make you wait until the end of the slate of games to catch up with all that’s happened. Afternoon Delight (3-pointers in flight!) recaps the first five-or-so hours’ worth of action, the perfecta appetizer right before dinnertime.

Note: We’re covering most of the bubble action over at Poppin’ Bubbles, so we’ll try to keep the bubble talk to a minimum over here. 

The best we’ve seen so far: Goodman will have something on this game pretty soon, but we couldn't post this without mentioning perhaps the Game of the Year. It was hyped, it was packed, it was loud. Missouri's trip to Kansas. The Tigers were rolling out of the gate, getting Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey sidelined in the early going. After pushing the lead to as many as 19 points in the second half, Kansas roared back behind dominance from Thomas Robinson and the 3-point shooting of Connor Teahan. The Jayhawks tied it up with 16 seconds left in regulation, and we got five extra minutes. Kansas looked like it might pull away, but Marcus Denmon wasn't going to allow that -- knocking down a baseline jumper with 12.1 seconds left. Tyshawn Taylor responded by hitting two free throws with 8.3 left to give Kansas an 87-86 win. It’s a shame we won’t see this game again for a long time. What a game, what a rivalry.

Deserving of a free dinner at the restaurant of their choice: Kentucky continues to take everyone’s best shot – and then punch back down the stretch for a comfortable win. The Wildcats did it again on Saturday, despite trailing by one at the half to Vanderbilt. Anthony Davis was absolutely dominant for Kentucky, finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. He also demonstrated some things we haven’t seen from him in awhile, including face-up jumpers from the perimeter and the ability to go off the dribble. 

No soup for you: Just as some people were starting to trust Florida again, the Gators go out and lose to Georgia. Brad Beal had 19 and 12 for Florida, but the Gators shot just 5-of-23 from 3-point range and turned it over 12 times in the 76-62 loss. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led five guys in double-figures for Georgia.

Afternoon all-stars

  1. Fordham’s Chris Gaston went for 35 points and 16 rebounds in Fordham’s win over La Salle. The best part: he had 15 offensive rebounds. Fifteen. Offensive. Rebounds.
  2. Providence freshman LaDontae Henton had 24 points and 15 rebounds, plus the game-winning shot, to beat DePaul.
  3. Buffalo senior Mitchell Watt had a nice all-around line: 28 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
  4. Mike Moore, in his last home game for Hofstra, dropped 30 to beat UNC-Wilmington.
  5. Chris Crawford, off the bench for Memphis: 16 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals.

Other daytime action worth your attention

  • Iowa State essentially punched its ticket to the Dance by beating Kansas State on the road. The Cyclones are now 11-5 in the Big 12.
  • St. John’s snapped Notre Dame’s nine-game winning streak by holding off the Fighting Irish down the stretch. Syracuse also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament as a result.
  • Austin Rivers came up big once again for Duke, who needed overtime to dispatch of Virginia Tech.
  • Virginia seemed to have another one of the ACC’s elite on the ropes, but the Cavaliers couldn’t knock down shots down the stretch and fell by three to North Carolina.
  • It wasn’t pretty for Baylor, but the Bears overcame a sluggish first half to beat Oklahoma.
  • Wichita State got revenge for its lone loss in 2012, hammering Drake by 23.
  • In other Missouri Valley action, Creighton survived a last-second miss to beat Indiana State by one.
  • Old Dominion’s Kent Bazemore had a chance to tie Drexel in the final second, getting fouled on a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left. He missed one of the free throws and Drexel won.
  • Arkansas finally won a road game, beating Auburn, 77-71.
  • Air Force always seems to play well against UNLV, and the Runnin’ Rebels only scored 68 points. But Air Force only managed 58.
  • Georgetown steamrolled Villanova, 67-46.

Delightful (and not-so-delightful) thoughts

  • If you’re wondering why some games aren’t included, check out Poppin’ Bubbles. Parrish will have Night Court tonight.
  • Norfolk State put pressure on Savannah State to win today, by beating Bethune-Cookman. Savannah obliged, knocking off NC-Central.
  • Bucknell clinched the outright Patriot League title, defeating Navy.
  • Haven’t seen video of it, but there was apparently some tomfoolery in the Marshall vs. Memphis game. We’ll keep you posted.
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Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:21 am
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Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:21 am

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Great post, finally a classy fan! I pretty much feel the same way(minus the nuke part, pretty sure the fallout would get both states!) it was tons of fun watching all the tradition of the rivalry!

Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:38 pm

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Thank goodness that's over, right Bill?  Well, good luck in the future Kansas.  I know this game wasn't a whole lot of fun and doesn't really do anything for you, so we'll just have to suck it up and find new folks to play against.  I heard Rupp arena is a lot of fun and the Arkansas thing will be interesting until Anderson takes his millions and goes home.  Won't be the same.  You got the best of us for a long time, but it was always fun.  Don't get me wrong, if they ever ask me where I think we should test nuclear weapons, or if we ever get the chance to trade a state for a Canadian province, Kansas will get my vote, but you have an excellent history and program.  Like Norm, I'll never spend a penny in Kansas (and now will never even go there again), but unfortunately the real heat of the rivalry ends tonight.  In 50 years, they won't know anything about this.  Names like Larry Brown, Roy Williams, Danny Manning, Jaques Vaughn, and Scott Pollard won't mean anything to anyone in Columbia, just like Norm Stewart, Jason Sutherland, Kareem Rush, and Flip Pressey won't mean anything to future Beakers.  It'll be just something their grandparents (us) talk about...the good ole days.  Thanks, Texas.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:52 pm

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Game of year?  How about embarrassment for the game of basketball of the year?  When fags with smocks on decide the game, who really cares or want to watch the sport any longer?

Too funny. I'll bet you were telling KU fans to stop whining about the refs two weeks ago.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:40 pm

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Were you this upset after bad calls late in the game in Columbia? I mean if you're genuinely concerned about officials getting the calls right, there was plenty to be concerned about in the KU / MU game in Columbia.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:40 pm

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

What an incredible game.  That's all I have to say.  Oh, one more thing.  ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK BABY!  8 in a row!!!!!

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:17 pm

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Sour grapes. MU shot terribly in the second half. You don't lose a game with a 19 point lead just because of the refs. Couldn't I say the same thing about the BS calls MU got in Columbia? 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:04 pm

Afternoon Delight: Game of the Year: KU-Mizzou?

Game of year?  How about embarrassment for the game of basketball of the year?  When fags with smocks on decide the game, who really cares or want to watch the sport any longer?

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