After the Buzzer: Evan Turner Blows Up AgainPosted by rtmsf on November 13th, 2009
The Evan Turner Show. Ohio State 72, James Madison 44. Evan Turner is quickly stamping himself as the must-see player of the new season, with another phenomenal performance for the 6’7 point forward from OSU. He had 24 pts, 17 rebs, 4 assists and 2 steals in 34 minutes of action, which means he’s now averaging a ridiculous 19/17/7 on the year, and if he continues putting up these kinds of numbers in two nationally-televised games against ranked teams next week at MSG, it’s safe to say that Turner will be the November favorite for NPOY (we can already hear Vitale crowing about him next week). Ohio State also got thirteen minutes from their previously injured center Dallas Lauderdale, who looked winded but managed to grab a few rebounds (4) and hammer one down during the game. The story of the game other than Turner/Lauderdale, however, was how the Buckeye defense clamped down on JMU in the second half. OSU held the Dukes to 24% (7-29) in the half, turning a reasonably close halftime score (34-25) into a 28-point blowout. We’ve now seen two games from each of UNC, Ohio State, California and Syracuse, and in terms of impressiveness, we’d have to rank them accordingly: 1) Ohio State; 2) Syracuse; 3) UNC; 4) California. Guess we’ll find out next week when they play each other.
Other Games of Interest.
- NC State 69, Georgia State 53. Sidney Lowe got his first win of the year behind Tracy Smith’s 18/11.
On Tap Friday. Friday is the ‘real’ start to the regular season, as it’s the first non-exempt day that teams could schedule games. There are 126 games on the docket, and most of them have blowout written all over them, but there are a few interesting storylines we’ll be tracking over the course of the evening.
- #5 Kentucky vs. Morehead State (ESPNU) – 6:30pm – no John Wall, but Patrick Patterson vs. Kenneth Faried will be worthwhile.
- #1 Kansas vs. Hofstra (ESPN FC) – 8pm – the national title favorite starts with a visit from Charles Jenkins and Hofstra.
- Wake Forest vs. Oral Roberts – 8pm – this could be the best matchup of the night, with Scott Sutton’s team visiting a revamped Wake lineup. RTC Live will be there.
- #11 Tennessee vs. Austin Peay – 9pm – UT had best be ready for the visiting Govs.
- #19 Mississippi State vs. Rider – 9pm – still no word on Renardo Sidney’s eligibility, but how will Ryan Thompson match up with Varnado/Riek?
- Auburn vs. Niagara – 9:30pm – it really wouldn’t shock us at all if the SEC got off to another rough start with a loss to visiting Niagara here.
- San Diego vs. Stanford – 10pm – good opportunity for the WCC to win a game against a struggling Pac-10 program.
- #13 Washington vs. Wright State – (FSN) – 10pm – defending Pac-10 champs will face an interesting test of tempo with the visting Raiders.
- St. Mary’s vs. New Mexico State – 11:30pm – interesting inter-sectional mid-major matchup between two teams that will need this win for their overall profile.