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Night Court: KU-Mizzou was classic, right?

Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:07 am

By Gary Parrish

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday's slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: I went to the first Kansas-Missouri game and didn't think it could get better. But I was wrong. Because I spent Saturday watching Kansas overcome a 19-point halftime deficit and record an 87-86 overtime victory at Allen Fieldhouse that gave the Jayhawks a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings with just two games left to play. That means Kansas has clinched at least a share of its eighth consecutive league title. It also means the Jayhawks are in position to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament thanks to 28 points and 12 rebounds from Thomas Robinson.

Win to brag about: Syracuse has dealt with questions off the court and on the court. it's been a wild season. And yet the Orange spent Saturday securing a Big East title with a 71-69 victory at Connecticut. They are 16-1 in the league. They only have one regular-season game left. So they are the Big East champions.

Loss to hide from: Florida was never gonna win the SEC title because Kentucky also plays in the SEC, and there's no way to top the Wildcats this season. But John Calipari's team could now win the SEC by at least four games thanks to the Gators' loss at Georgia. To be clear, nobody likes Georgia's Mark Fox more than me. But you cannot be ranked 12th nationally and lose at Georgia by 14 points. Not this season. That's silly.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Anthony Davis looked like the national Player of the Year in top-ranked Kentucky's 83-74 victory over Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-10 freshman finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. He was 10-of-11 from the field. Unreal.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Mike Scott has the numbers of a legitimate ACC Player of the Year candidate, but you have to be big in big spots to win that award. Against North Carolina, he was not. The 6-foot-8 senior was 3-of-13 from the field in Virginia's 54-51 loss to the Tar Heels. He finished with just six points -- more than 11 lower than his average.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 12: That's the number of 3-pointers Oklahoma shot against Baylor. The Sooners missed all 12 of them and lost 70-60.
  • 17: That's the number of 3-pointers Kansas Stat shot against Iowa State. The Wildcats missed 14 of them and lost 65-61.
  • 31: That's the number of 3-pointers Notre Dame shot against St. John's. The Irish missed 27 of them and lost 61-58.
Three other notable results
  1. Purdue pulled into a tie for fourth in the win column of the Big Ten standings with a 75-61 victory at Michigan. Terone Johnson had a career-high 22 points in the win.
  2. New Mexico lost its second straight game since breaking into the national rankings. The Lobos fell 83-64 at TCU. They only shot 23.5 percent from 3-point range.
  3. Wichita State close the regular season with an 81-58 victory over Drake. The win avenged a loss from January and allowed the Shockers to close the regular season with a 16-2 league mark.
  • Maalik Wayns returned for Villanova's game at Georgetown, but I'm not sure he should've. The junior guard took 10 shots, missed nine and finished with just three points in the Wildcats' 67-46 loss to the Hoyas.
  • The Memphis-Marshall game featured a near-brawl but nothing serious. DeAndre Kane fouled Joe Jackson unnecessarily hard. That led to heated emotions. But no punches were thrown. And the Tigers won 87-67. So they'll enter the final week of the regular season with a one-game lead in Conference USA.
On tap: No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 8 Ohio State highlights Sunday's slate of games. Florida State-Miami and Cincinnati-South Florida are also interesting. Whichever team wins the UC-USF game will have 11 Big East victories.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:38 pm

Night Court: KU-Mizzou was classic, right?

Kansas has clinched at least a share of its eighth consecutive league title.
This achievement alone should make Bill Self coach of the year. I mean national COY as well as Big XII COY. This team had one starter return. And the bench had almost no experience. Add to that the two best Freshmen recruits were declared partial qualifiers by the NCAA making them ineligible to play even with A's in their summer classes. There is a pattern at KU for taking under-developed athletes and turning them into buffed and polished basketball players. Andrea Hudy is amazing as the strength coach and Self and coach Danny Manning do amazing work to build confidence and skill into their players. Missouri has a truly great basketball team that might get another crack at Kansas in the Final Four. But that is about 9 wins away from tonight. Still a lot of basketball to come.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:21 am

Night Court: KU-Mizzou was classic, right?

Aren't we being a little hard on a team that played tough defense against a very quick team. You're right about the two baseline layups mid way through but you notice it didn't happen the rest o the game. The Tigers led at halftime because of an extremely hot hand beyond the arc and the fact KU was cold at the line missing 10 in the first half, most of them being the front end of a one and one.
After the break MU was making shots until the KU offense heated up. It's easy to pour in threes when your up by 15-19 points. After KU's defense tightened up, those shots were harder for MU to make leading to the comeback. So harping on 2 breakdowns early on, I think you should give the defense kudos for playing their tails off when it counted.

Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:05 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:03 am

Night Court: KU-Mizzou was classic, right?

ku won, but i want to know who the idiot was that let mizzou get those two layups. self needs to figure out wo that was and chew him plenty. its that kind of stuffthat makes it possible forku to lose a game to a little school in the big dance.those guys getbig headed and forget  to guard their guy. self needs to keep thos guys on a short lease.

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