Archive | November, 2014

Game 18: #1 Kentucky 72 #5 Kansas 40

18 Nov

The nightcap of the Champion’s Classic turned out to be the ultimate mismatch of top 5 teams as top-ranked Kentucky dominated Kansas in every facet of the game winning 72-40.

Kentucky held Kansas to 19.6% shooting from the field,had as many blocked shots, 11 as Kansas had field goals and held the Jayhawks to just 12 2nd half points.

With coach John Calipari employing a platoon system of two 5-man units to ensure his loaded roster gets enough minutes only Andrew Harrison (11) and Dakari Johnson (10) were the only two of the 12 Wildcats to dent the score sheet to reach double figures.

The Jayhawks who will be a good team when all is said and done were completely overmatched in this one.  A lot of their shooting woes stemmed from Kentucky’s length at the rim but Wayne Selden was the team’s leading scorer with nine on 4-12 shooting.  Freshman Cliff Alexander was the other lone bright spot for Kansas with eight points and eight rebounds.

Kansas is ranked #5 in the country for a reason, they are a good basketball team.  But after trailing #1 Kentucky 35-17, they ended the first half on an 11-3 run just to close to within 10 at 38-28 despite shooting just 24% from the field.  After watching the Kentucky freshmen dominate most of the half especially on the interior, Kansas’ newcomers Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Cliff Alexander scored the Jayhawks final eight points of the half.

Game 17: LSU 69 Texas Tech 64 OT

18 Nov

Tim Quarterman stole an inbounds pass with seconds remaining to tie the game at 59 for LSU sending their game with Texas Tech into overtime.  In the extra session LSU made their free throws to secure a 69-64 win.

Jordan Mickey was a beast for the victors with 18 points, 14rebounds, two steals and three blocks.  Jerrell Martin also registered a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Keith Hornsby and Josh Gray combined for 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Norense Odiase and Zach Smith each notched 13 points and seven rebounds and Robert Turner added 10 points and eight rebounds to help pace the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech trailed LSU 11-7 then went on a 29-13 run to end the half for a 12-point lead after 20 minutes.

Game 16: #20 Ohio State 74 Marquette 63

18 Nov

The 20th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes handled Marquette 74-63.  The home-team Buckeyes were never really threatened, leading nearly wire-to-wire, last trailing 9-8, by seven at halftime and by as many as 20 in the 2nd half.

Kam Williams led Ohio State in scoring with 15 points, Sam Thompson and Marc Loving each scored 10 points and Amir Williams added 12 points.  It was Shannon Scott who was the offensive star for the victors as he notched eight points and 14 assists.

The Golden Eagles only played eight players on the night and only two of them scored in double figures.  Steve Taylor, Jr. had a team-high 20 points and seven rebounds and BYU transfer Matt Carlino added 1- points.

Game 15: #4 Duke 81 #19 Michigan State 71

18 Nov

In the undercard of the Champions Classic #4 Duke outlasted #19 Michigan State 81-71. The veterans of Michigan State just couldn’t keep pace with the young guns of Duke.  After trailing by seven at halftime 40-33, the Spartans got as close as three in the 2nd half at 51-48 before Duke went on a 13-3 run to extend the lead to 64-51 and the Blue Devils never looked back.

Duke only got seven bench points but the freshmen trio of Jahlil Okafor, Justice Winslow and Tyus Jones combined for 49 points showing off their flash and athleticism along the way.  Duke’s floor general Quinn Cook added 19 points and six assists for the winning side.

The Spartans had three players in double figures led by senior Branden Dawson’s 18 points and eight rebounds.  Travis Trice added 15 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Denzel Valentine knocked in 13 points in the loss.

Game 14: #15 VCU 87 Toledo 78

18 Nov

#15 VCU got all they could handle from Toledo including trailing by three at the half.  The Rams however led 73-72 before going on a 9-0 run late to put the game away leading to an 87-78 win.

The Ram’s “havoc” defense caused 21 Toledo turnovers which they turned into 31 points.  Treveon Graham and Melvin Johnson led the team offensively with 22 points apiece and Briante Weber was once again the king of the stat sheet with 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and nine of the team’s 16 steals.

Toledo played as well as they could, hanging with VCU for nearly 40 minutes.  The Rockets had four guys in double figures with J.D. Weatherspoon’s double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Nathan Boothe added 18 points and eight rebounds and Julius Brown had 17 in a losing effort.

Game 13: #16 San Diego State 53 #25 Utah 49

18 Nov

In what can only be described as an offensive struggle, #16 San Diego State beat #25 Utah 53-49.  Both teams shot a dismal 32% from the field.  The first half saw Utah take an 18-17 lead after 20 minutes.   The only player to reach double digits in scoring was San Diego State’s J.J. O’Brien who registered 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Dwayne Polee II and Angelo Chol both added eight points in the win.

Utah struggled all night long and star guard Delon Wright scored just seven points on 2-13 shooting and didn’t get on the score sheet until there was 1:22 left to play.  Freshman Jakob Poeltl scored just four points but grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked seven shots for Utah.

Game 12: #11 Wichita State 71 Memphis 56

18 Nov

#11 Wichita State came out for the 2nd half of their game against Memphis and made a statement.  Already up seven the Shockers began the 2nd half with a 20-11 run to push the lead to 16 en route to a 71-56 win over Memphis.

The guard trio of Ron Baker, Fred Vanvleet and Tekele Cotton flexed their muscle on the stat sheet combining for 46 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.   Darius Carter added 12 points and the rest of the team added just 13 but it didn’t matter as they forced 24 Memphis turnovers.

Nick King had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Memphis and Austin Nichols and Avery Woodson each added 10 points.

The Tigers who made just 2 of 9 3-pointers in the game shot just 29% in the first half and Wichita State finished the half on an 8-3 run to take a 29-22 halftime lead.

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