You’ll shoot your eye out
No Red Ryder BB gun needed.
From Alshwan Hymes to Jimmer Fredette to Andrew Goudelock (please hold the references to the children’s story – we get it) to Nolan Smith, it was a week of shooters shooting eyes out.
Hymes established a new high-water mark at Canisius College. The sophomore connected nine times from behind the arc. In a little more than three minutes, Hymes connected on four treys as the Golden Griffins went from being down 21-12 to a 41-31 lead at half. After his seventh trifecta there was a noticeable buzz of anticipation in the Koessler Athletic Center that preceded Hymes catching the ball and worked to a crescendo as his eighth and ninth trey found the twine.
One night later and a few stop lights away, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette created a buzz before tipoff. UB’s defense made the noise in the first half holding the All-American to one-of-nine shooting. Then, Fredette hit 10 of 15, including four from behind the arc, as BYU outscored UB 51-45 after the break. “You have to have short term memory loss,” Fredette commented about putting his first-half woes behind him.
Tennessee’s Vols must have had visions of Christmas past on New Year’s Eve. College of Charleston turned ol’ Rocky Top into cinders as Andrew Goudelock connected on 10-of-15 shots including 6-of-7 from behind the arc to lead the Cougars over the Vols 91-78. The Vols were victimized quite frequently a couple of years ago including a POTW by Temple’s Dionte Christmas who scored 35 on 7-of-14 shooting from long range.
Duke’s Nolan Smith ended the week with a 28-point surge as the Blue Devils stymied the Miami Hurricanes 74-63. Smith took out his aggressions on the U. After being called for an offensive foul, Smith went on to score 13 consecutive in 3:14.
Red Storm Rising
Holy Louie Carnesecca! Doth my eyes deceive me? St. John’s is 3-and-0 in Big East play? Okay, so it’s only three games. So one of those victories was Providence. It was on the road. The Johnnies also weren’t so “huggy”in Morgantown. And they knocked off Georgetown at MSG. The Big East just got a little more interesting. Dwight Hardy is a gutsy point guard, and Justin Brownlee does a little of everything (15 pts., 7 rebounds and 6 assists against GU).
Steve Lavin’s gang will get a better idea of where they stand by the end of the month. A scheduling quirk sees the Red Storm play Notre Dame twice in eight days – 1/8 @ ND and 1/16 @ MSG. In between, Syracuse makes its way to the Garden on 12th. Add in trips to Lou-vul on the 19th and Georgetown, 1/26, and the Johnnies host Cincy, 1/22 and Duke, 1/30. That should give Lavin a good idea of where they are.
Looking over his shoulder
You’ll have to forgive Xavier’s Chris Mack if he is wondering what is next. The Musketeers lost the A10’s top three-point shooter, Brad Redford, to season-ending knee injury during the first week of practice. Then the NCAA ruled Justin Martin was a partial-qualifier thus requiring the freshman to take more classes before being eligible to play. When the dust settled from those setbacks, senior, Jamel McLean broke the bone around his eye socket in a pre-season exhibition against Northern Kentucky. Then came the challenges presented by the winter storm that racked the east coast during the holidays. Mark Lyons found the opposition to be not so opposing, but Tu Holloway ran his own odyssey in order to get on the floor as Xavier hosted Albany. The Muskies won. Then came the news that freshman, jay Canty was lost for 4-6 weeks. That leaves the X-Men with nine scholarship players. Opponents should take advantage while they can.
Worth a second noting
In case you did not click on the link above, click here to read about the impressive show of sportsmanship by Albany’s coach, Will Brown.
The cautionary tale of Renardo Sidney
Last night, ESPN’s Len Elmore shared his insights about Mississippi State’s Renardo Sidney. The highly-touted forward has walked a checkered path. In high school he was projected as a future first pick in the NBA draft. There were some stories about the family moving to California to get closer to USC and UCLA. The Trojans and Bruins both offered scholarships. Then the two schools recanted. It should have been a yellow flag. The Bulldogs ignored the warnings. As the veteran Elmore narrated last night, it comes as no surprise that Sidney got into something like a fist fight with his teammate. The kid HAS to be feeling immense amounts of pressure. It probably takes very little to set him off. And that is what happened. Now, Miss. St. is stuck with a “can’t-miss” prospect that will probably miss.
What have you done lately?
UConn’s Lady Huskies set a record with 90 consecutive wins. One loss later, and UConn is now looking up at the new #1: Baylor.
Rebounds & Putbacks
Seth Davis’s “Stock Report” is worth the read even if he contradicts himself from time to time. Take time to read Gary Parrish’s comings and goings. The Other 26? What is that? Click here to find out.
1st Team All-Casey
PG Kemba Walker – UConn
SG Jimmer Fredette* – BYU
SF Kyle Singler – Duke
PF Marcus Morris – Kansas
C Jared Sullinger – Ohio State
2nd Team All Casey
PG Tu Holloway – Xavier
SG E’Twaun Moore – Purdue
SF Kahwi Leonard – San Diego State
PF Chris Wright – Dayton
C Robert Sacre – Gonzaga
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