One of the saddest yet least talked about endings in college basketball is looming. The Big East, while it isn’t entirely dissolving just yet, is in its final year as the league many of us more or less grew up with. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will officially join the ACC this summer, and you probably know the marching order for the other schools exiting stage left. It’s sad… well, it’s pathetic really… and you can be sure that for the next eight weeks any human with even a peripheral association with the league will be sure to tell you how sad and pathetic this shift is.
All 7 Big East games Saturday decided in final minute. #breakuptheleague
— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) January 20, 2013
Indeed, Kevin. I’m ticked off, too.
Roosevelt Jones’ Buzzer Beating Heroics
Best moment of the 2012-13 college basketball season? Best moment of the 2012-13 college basketball season, as an absolutely tremendous Saturday of hoops was capped off by the latest thrilling victory from Butler, who knocked off Gonzaga with a steal and subsequent mid-range floater from Roosevelt Jones as time expired.
With the College Gameday season premiere on campus to build the game up and capture it all, I’d say ESPN execs had to be pretty satisfied with the drama that unfolded at Hinkle.
If my name was Roosevelt Jones, I wouldn’t just monogram every thing I owned, I’d put my full name it. EVERY thing.
— Kent Zimmerman (@kzimmerman) January 20, 2013
Dick Vitale, who called the game alongside the great Dan Shulman, pushed out a pretty bold statement that speaks volumes to just how amazing this game, which really ended up being a bit of a spectacle, was.
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 20, 2013
Michael Carter-Williams Meeting Lofty Expectations
Switching back to the Big East, a few weeks ago it was Ben McLemore turning NBA scouts’ heads in rapid succession, now it appears to be the Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams turn. Despite eight turnovers and 4-of-13 shooting, MCW’s end of game play-making against then top-ranked Louisville on Saturday drew fear from Cardinals fans.
Every time I look at Michael Carter-Williams I see the dunk and steal. It’s like witnessing a murder and testifying in front of the killer.
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) January 21, 2013
Then 48 hours later, the Orange star followed up that performance, dropping 16 points – with some emphatic slams, steals and shares – helping his team squeak past Cincinnati.
MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS IS THE LORD AND TAILOR OF THIS GAME!
— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) January 21, 2013
Michael Carter Williams may not be the best scorer in the world but he comes through when it matters. Wow
— Kelsey Durham (@ked1126) January 21, 2013
I’m telling you guys, Michael Carter-Williams is the next Russell Westbrook.
— Colin Means (@colinmeans) January 21, 2013
I have a man crush on Michael Carter Williams and Ben Mclemore, my favorite two players right now