13) Illinois 64, Michigan 62— First game of the day might’ve been the best; Ayo Dosunmu hit a tough jumper from just inside the foul line for the game-winner. Hard-fought game, but 5th loss in six games for the Wolverines- they’re 4-8 in last 12 games, after a 7-0 start.
12) Saturday was the 32nd anniversary of the night Pitt’s Jerome Lane dunked a ball and broke the backboard in a TV game, prompting analyst Bill Raftery to exclaim “Send it in Jerome!!!”
Raftery said on CBS yesterday that Lane once thanked him “….for making me famous”
The guy who threw Lane the pass before he dunked? Arizona coach Sean Miller.
11) SEC-Big X Challenge— Leagues split the ten games; hone side won six of ten. Good job by the matchmakers; six of the ten games were decided by 6 or fewer points.
10) SMU 74, Memphis 70— Mustangs ended the game on a 15-0 run, improved to 5-2 in the AAC. When you’re young as Memphis, stuff like this happens- they led by 12 with 7:08 left. SMU took 34 3’s (11-34), only 21 2’s (14-21) in this game.
9) Kentucky 76, Texas Tech 74 OT— Wildcats were 7-15 on arc, Tech 3-19. Richards had 25 points, 10 rebounds, made 11-14 on foul line for the winners.
8) Austin Peay 86, Belmont 78— Rough week for the Bruins, visiting Murray State, Austin Peay on same weekend. Semi-finals of OVC tournament should be very interesting.
— NC-Wilmington (+13.5) 72, Charleston 70
— Stetson (+12.5) 48, Liberty 43
— IUPUI (+8.5) 89, Oakland 85
— Delaware (+7.5) 76, Northeastern 74
— Central Connecticut (+7.5) 86, Wagner 76
— Ole Miss (+7) 70, Georgia 60
— Hartford (+7) 62, Albany 48
6) 3-point shooting %age is down this year; longer missed shots create longer rebounds, so players who are quick/scrappy and get loose balls are more valuable than ever.
About 10-12 years, I was at an AAU tournament, talking to Brian Beaury, who was a great coach at D-II St Rose here in Albany. I asked what he looked in players for at tournaments like the one we were watching.
Coach told me he identified what a player’s “college skill” was, whether it be passing, shooting, defending, rebounding. He said “…..getting loose balls is also a college skill.”
5) LSU 69, Texas 67— Longhorns were outscored 16-3 on foul line at home; they were 8-26 on arc, 3-6 on foul line, and lost fifth time in their last seven games.
4) Rutgers 75, Nebraska 72— Scarlet Knights outscored Nebraska 9-0 over final 3:07, as their march to the NCAA tournament continues- their last NCAA bid was in 1979.
3) Best new college basketball analyst: former Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy. He speaks his mind, has some humor, fun to listen to. Listening to the best announce teams is like listening to two friends while they watch a game. Kennedy and Tom Hart fit that bill.
2) San Francisco 83, BYU 82— Middle of the WCC has improved; St Mary’s/BYU have taken some hits, and both are now bubble teams unless they can upset Gonzaga at some point.
1) Colorado 76, Washington 62— I’d like to tell you more about Saturday’s Pac-12 games, but three of the four Pac-12 games Saturday were on the Pac-12 Network, which DirecTV doesn’t carry. Not sure why, but they don’t.
Washington lost five of its last six games; they should’ve gotten their point guard a better tutor, because the squad fell apart when he became ineligible.