So we were in the ATL for KU/Georgia Tech. The game was a lot closer than we would have liked, but hey, a win is a win. Most dissapointing though was that the man crush Darnell Jackson fouled out in just 21 minutes with four points. One thing I did take away from being at the game was the Georgia Tech faithful have turned on coach Paul Hewitt. The crowd was all over him for his usage of his Point Guards and his overuse of his timeouts. Everytime he called one during the second half, it seemed to kill any momentum the Yellow Jackets had. Three times he called TO's after Tech made baskets. He was booed for it lustily. It seems like ions ago that Tech was in the national Championship game, but how can Hewitt be blamed when he loses his top two players (Javaris Crittendon and Thadeus Young) after one year?
It could be worse for Hewitt, he could be coaching Kentucky. UK got smoked again last night by Houston 83-69. Tom Penders club can definitely played - MTAC peeped a ton of that game after arriving back at the palatial hotel suite. But UK is so non-competitive. They got Guard Jodie Meeks back, but Patrick Patterson was a late scratch because of an anke injury. Cougars swingman Dion Dowell dominated the game. Houston is on the cusp of being ranked, now at 10-1. Billy Gillispie's own recruits cannot come soon enough. Poor Tubby Smith is miles away and he is still being blamed for the Cats horrific start. Meanwhile, this couldn't be true, could it? Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney's YOUNGER sister is pregnant? She's 16. Is there a bigger illustration of "you can take the kid out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the kid" the Britney and Jamie Lynn Spears?
#3 Kansas 71 Georgia Tech 66 - We did a thorough recap on the game in the previous post, but one thing we failed to mention; Tech guard Lewis Clinch can play for us anytime he wants. He led all scorers with 22 points and seemed to be the only man KU couldn't guard. Other than Clinch and Anthony Morrow, there isn't a lot of talent to speak of on the Yellow Jacket roster. Meanwhile, Kansas looked sweet in their road Blues.
#5 Texas 66 Oral Roberts 55 - When do we ask about the Longhorns beginning to wear down? Take last night's minute totals for the starters: Conner Atchley - 35, Justin Mason - 37, D.J. Augustine - 37, Damion James - 38, A.J. Abrams - 38. I know you have to win games, but Rick Barnes is walking on a slippery slope. This is now two games in a row that the Horns have struggled with an inferior opponent. They were tied at the half. Could they be looking ahead to the big matchup at Michigan State Saturday?
Louisville 85 Marshall 75 - Props to Rick Pitino on his 500th career win. He waited a little too long for it as the Cardinals lost two straight coming in. Nice to have Derrick Caracter back isn't it? The troubled big man had 18 and 8 off the bench. Earl Clark led Louisville with 23.
Ohio State 80 Cleveland State 63 - In a game with MTAC spies in the crowd, Freshman Jon Diebler led five Buckeyes in double figures with 17 off the bench for a big road win over a much improved CSU club. Diebler buried five triples. It was a homecoming for David Lighty, and he responded with 15. Next up for the Buckeyes is the Florida Gators in a rematch of the National Title game. Too bad none of the main players from that game will be on the floor.
#8 UCLA 77 Western Illinois 52 - Don't you wish Kevin Love played on your team? I know I do. Love had a perfect night, 5-5 from the field, 5-5 from the line, for 16 points and seven boards in a tidy 25 minutes. After the game, several Bruins acknowledged overlooking Western Illinois. "In practice, we didn't focus too much on Western Illinois, no offense," Collison said, "but we focused on what we can do. We got to work on playing solid defense, work on our conditioning." Said Love: "Sometimes you do lose a little bit of focus. It just happens, whether you realize it or not."