Around The Blogosphere: February 11, 2011

Posted by nvr1983 on February 11th, 2011

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Top 25 Games

  • St. John’s 89, #10 UConn 72: “The Connecticut Huskies were beaten, beasted, basted, knocked around behind a team defensive effort on Kemba Walker (15 points on 16 shots, 7 assists) who looked human once again, even sloppy. The Huskies’ offense wasn’t the real culprit in this loss, though they shot 35% inside the arc. It was the defense that led the Huskies into the wilderness. The Red Storm rebounded and ran on them over and over again, picking up at least 24 fast-break points behind the tenacious outlet passing of D.J. Kennedy (20 points, 11 total rebounds, 5 assists), along with the steady driving and shooting of Dwight Hardy (career-high 33 points, 3 assists). In a 71 possession game, the Storm dropped 89 points, putting up 54 in the second half.” (Rumble in the Garden)
  • #23 Vanderbilt 81, Alabama 77: “Few could have predicted a shootout with the Crimson Tide visiting Memorial Gym, but Thursday night’s game turned into a horse race. In the end, the Commodores won by a nose. Vanderbilt snuck past a very tough Alabama team 81-77 behind a solid team effort that saw four ‘Dores in double figures on the night. ‘Bama abused the home team in the paint, but Vandy got the stops they needed late in the second half after the team switched from zone to man defense. Though Anthony Grant’s strategy of running Brad Tinsley through six or seven screens per possession was successful in creating space for his guards, the Tide couldn’t find their range late, leading to Vanderbilt’s fifth SEC win.” (Anchor of Gold)
  • Illinois 71, #25 Minnesota 62: “In a game where both teams desperately needed a victory to snap out of their respective funks, Illinois capitalized on Minnesota mistakes and failed opportunities to take home a 71-62 victory in sloppy, grinding contest.” (From the Barn)

Other Games of Interest

  • Gonzaga 67, Loyola Marymount 57: “Double-digit scoring performances by Steven Gray, Marquise Carter, Elias Harris, and David Stockton paced the Gonzaga Bulldogs tonight as they went on to knock off the Loyola Marymount Lions tonight by a final tally of 67-57.” (The Slipper Still Fits)
  • UCLA 64, Oregon 54: “Well at least Malcolm Lee had a great game. The Bruins’ junior guard scored early, late, and in between, lifting his team from a rather uninspired performance to finally put away the Oregon Ducks late in the second half for a 64-54 decision at Pauley Pavilion.” (Bruins Nation)

Pre-Game Analysis

  • Maryland at Boston College: Previewing a big game for both teams and their hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. (Testudo Times)


  • Todd MacCulloch: From NBA Center To Pinball Pro: “Washington’s Todd MacCulloch has gone from a center battling Shaq in the NBA Finals to a pinball wizard that likes hanging out in his game room with his own Slurpee machine.” (Lost Letterman)
  • Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: Setting The Record Straight: Questioning some commonly held assumptions about this year’s Kentucky team. (A Sea of Blue)
  • Syracuse Basketball In Perspective: Trying to keep a rationale perspective after a rough stretch for the Orange. (Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician)
  • The Unkohl Center: Looking at Ohio State’s struggles at the Kohl Center on the eve of their trip to Wisconsin. (Eleven Warriors)
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