Wild Wednesday: Rivalries, Classics and Head Scratchers

9 Feb

Duke 85 North Carolina 84-Welcome to Duke-North Carolina Austin Rivers.  In what may be the freshman’s only game at the Dean Dome he sure made it a memorable one.  I mean all the kid did was;

On his sixth 3-pointer of the night he broke the hearts of those in Carolina blue.  Rivers carried Duke all night keeping them in the game with his 29 points and 6 of Duke’s 14 long balls on the night.

Trailing by 10, 82-72 with 2:17 to play, some may have thought the game was over.  Back-to-back 3’s by Tyler Thornton and Seth Curry cut the lead to four. A Ryan  Kelley jumper made it 82-80.  A pair of  Tyler Zeller free throws and his own goal had the score at 84-82 Carolina, then came Rivers time.

Zeller had 23 points and 11 rebounds for UNC , although 19 and 8 of those came in the first half.  His most crucial two points however came with 18 seconds left as he inadvertently tipped in a Ryan Kelley shot to cut the lead to 83-82.  John Henson added 12 points and 17 rebounds and Harrison Barnes poured in a Carolina-high 25 points. The 3 Carolina big men equaled the rebounding total of Duke’s entire team (51), but it wasn’t enough to over come the work of Austin Rivers.

Joseph had a career high 29 points in the Syracuse win

Syracuse 64 Georgetown 61 OT-Question, how do you shoot 35% from the field and get out rebounded 20-12 on the offensive glass and win?  You get a career-high 29 points from Kris Joseph, that’s how.  And that’s what Syracuse did.  Georgetown worked the Syracuse zone well enough to open looks but couldn’t convert them.

Syracuse’s zone held the best 3-point shooting team in the Big East to just 5-21 behind the line and 33% overall.  Joseph didn’t get much help offensively as Fab Melo was the only other Orange player in double figures with 11.   The remaining players combined to shoot 8 for 34 from the field.

The Hoyas were led by freshman Otto Porter (14 points 13 rebounds) and Hollis Thompson (10 points 10 rebounds), both registered double-doubles.

If this was the last time the long-time conference foes squared off in the Carrier Dome, with Syracuse’s soon move to the ACC, at least they made it a good one.

Kansas 68 Baylor 54-If it was Baylor’s goal not to let Thomas Robinson beat them Wednesday night, mission accomplished.  Only problem is they let Jeff Withey and his career-high 25 points do the trick.

Withey who was held scoreless in the loss to Missouri, busted out going 8-10 from the field as the beneficiary of a Robinson focused defense.

With Robinson on the bench saddled with two first half fouls, Baylor failed to take advantage actually being out scored 14-6 during that time, and Kansas never looked back.

Kansas trailed 29-22 with 3:42 left in the first half, then proceed to go on a 38-10 run to take a 60-39 lead with 9 minutes to play.  Baylor went 3-17 from the field during that 14:39 span.

Perry Jones III started the game with an alley oop dunk for a quick 2-0 Baylor lead.  After that, 0-7 from the field and 3 free throws.  Such was the night for Baylor, by game’s end they looked deflated and defeated, and they were, handily.

Notre Dame 55 West Virginia 51-When Notre Dame’s leader Tim Abromaitis went down with a season-ending injury the Irish went back to the “burn” offense, using as much time off the clock as possible before looking to score.   So when Eric Atkins, Jerian Grant and Scott Martin made back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers in the span of 1:39 to break a 45-45 tie you can see why a 9-point lead felt more like 19.

Jack Cooley, a.k.a mini-Harangoady led the Irish with 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Irish finished the game on a 13-6 run, the win puts Mike Brey’s squad at 8-3 and alone in 3rd place in the Big East.  It seems like a broken record but can you say Coach of the Year?

South Florida 63 Pittsburgh 51-Pitt had won four straight, they had Tray Woodall back and there were whispers that the Panthers could sneak their way into the at-large talk of the NCAA Tournament.  Then came the trip to South Florida.

Woodall led the Panthers with 11 points, and he was the only player in double figures, as the Bulls controlled the game throughout.  Pitt held the lead for a total of 1:07 for the game and trailed 27-23 and would not get any closer.  As South Florida’s lead grew, Pittsburgh’s post-season hopes shrunk.

Temple 79 George Washington 72-The Owls got 25 points from Ramone Moore and 22 from Khalif Wyatt to help erase a 15-point deficit and help Temple stay atop the A-10 standings Wednesday night.

Temple trailed 49-34 with 16:28 to play,and finally got over the hump taking a 71-69 lead with 2:53 left thanks to a Moore 3-pointer.

The win was needed as St. Louis kept pace with the Owls by beating St. Joseph’s 72-60 in Philadelphia.

Long Island 86  St. Francis NY 77-Jamal Olasewere (21 points 11 rebounds) led four Blackbirds in double figures to help Long Island extend its lead in the Northeast conference to 2 games over St. Francis.  The Terriers get a chance to exact revenge when the two meet up again on Saturday, this time on the Island.

Boston College 64 Florida State 60-Beat North Carolina by 30+, check.  Beat Duke at the buzzer on the road, check.  Lose to 7-16 Boston College, check. Wait, huh? Yup that’s Florida State in a nutshell.

Struggle to score so let’s shoot 5-20 from 3 land, let’s out rebound our opponent by 11 and have them get ZERO points from their bench, and lose.  It may not be a good or a smart formula but it was the Seminoles’ on Wednesday.  Oh well, back to the laboratory in Tallahassee.

Moore had 27 points to lead the Blazers to an upset win

UAB 71 Southern Mississippi 61-UAB got 27 points on 12 of 16 shooting and 12 rebounds from Cameron Moore to upset newly-crowned leader of C-USA Southern Mississippi.

Larry Eustachy’s squad led 24-23 in the first half and tied the game at 49 with 8:11 to play, but could get no closer.  The loss dropped the Eagles into a tie with Memphis for the conference lead and Central Florida and Tulsa sit just a half game back, despite the Golden Hurricane falling to UTEP 64-55.

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