Daily Dribble: 12/11
Sunday was rather tame compared to such a wild slate of games on Saturday. The big game of course was Texas vs LSU, which didn't disappoint by going to overtime. The Longhorns won 76-75 thanks in large part to DJ Augustin's ability to drive to the hoop, and AJ Abrams threes in overtime. The best freshman wasn't Kevin Durant, but Augustin who ended up with a career high 25 to go along with 5 assists. I found it a bit odd at the end of regulation that they gave the ball to Abrams at the top of the key in the closing seconds instead of Augustin. Augustin is clearly better at beating guys off the dribble, and it makes more sense to have Abrams, your best shooter out on the wing.
For LSU, Glen Davis and Tasmin Mitchell combined for 44 points and 20 boards. Towards the end of the game though, it was big threes by Garrett Temple that really kept LSU alive. Big Baby did his thing in the post, but his opportunities were limited thanks to a Texas defense that crowded him with two, sometimes three guys down there. As good as his final numbers were, he still made multiple bad decisions shooting ill-advised jumpers and his 4 missed free throws could have made the difference.
Jared Dudley's 20 and 12 led Boston College to a home win over #22 Maryland. The Terps, who have lost 2 of 3, are in danger of dropping out of the Top 25. Besides Dudley, Boston College also got a huge performance out of big man Sean Williams. The junior ended up with 10 points, 11 boards and 7 blocks. Williams came into the game leading the nation in blocks with 5.8 per game, so the 7 aren't even that much above his norm.
Florida State improved to 8-2, their third win in a row since beating Florida last Sunday. The Noles pulled away from SE Louisiana early, and were able to spread the scoring around with five guys hitting double figures. FSU was 34th (going by votes) in the AP last week and has a chance to move in considering that Xavier, Georgia Tech, and Maryland may very well drop out.
Congratulations to Dartmouth for picking up their first win of the season, defeating James Madison 74-70. The Big Green are usually offensively challenged, but they shot an impressive 57% from the floor in the win.
Northern Colorado picked up their first win over a D1 team by beating 1-9 Denver. Denver's only win: against Northern Colorado 3 weeks back. Both of these teams are putrid, so at least they were lucky enough to schedule each other twice this year.
It looks like it will be another awful season for San Jose State. The Spartans haven't won more than 7 games in the last four years. At 1-8 following a loss to Portland State last night, it looks like more of the same this year. Portland State though is now a solid 7-3 and they've beaten a Pac-10 team for the second season in a row: ASU earlier this season and Oregon last year.
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