Daily Dribble: 12/21
Puerto Rico hasn't been kind to Virginia. The Cavaliers got spanked by 24 against a mediocre Utah squad. UVA was undone by another poor shooting night from Sean Singletary and lack of interior presence. Singletary has only shot 50% once all season (and that was just 3 of 6), and is now at a woeful 35% on the season. For a player widely considered the top point guard in the ACC and one of the best in the nation, such poor shooting won't get it done. Virginia's lack of inside strength was exposed by 7-foot Luke Nevill, who scored 26 in the win.
On the flip side, Appalachian State continued its glory run in PR by beating 7-2 Central Florida. A win by the Mountaineers over Vandy today could solidify them as the kings of Puerto Rico..
Arizona's 79-71 win over Memphis featured a very odd box score. Memphis' bench managed to almost double the output of the starters.. scoring 47 points to the starter's 24. I dont know if I've ever seen anyting like that. Memphis looked good early on, and a season-high 21 points from Jeremy Hunt kept it close, but Arizona pulled away down the stretch. Mustafa Shakur's 23 points were the most he's scored in 51 weeks.. putting up the same 23 against Washington last New Year's Eve. Arizona completed their non-conference schedule at 9-1 and now faces California next week to start Pac-10 play.
Wahington cruised to an 88-72 win over LSU to complete a solid day for the Pac-10. Washington's bigs dominated the paint as Hawes and Brockman combined for 42 points and 26 boards compared to Davis and Rolle's 12 and 12. Spencer Hawes seems to be peaking as conference play nears, as the 6-11 freshman has scored 20+ in 3 of 4 games. Not hurting 9-1 Washington is the fact they haven't left the state yet..
VMI's run and gun offense finally led to a win over a team that I've heard of. The Keydeys won 93-84 at Richmond, getting 28 out of high-scoring Reggie Williams. No shame for the Spiders who are one of the youngest teams in the country.. they make Texas look old. In Richmond's 8-man rotation, are 6 freshmen who all play 10+ minutes per game, one sophomore, and one lonely senior.
Miami Ohio's season of almosts continued with a 2 point loss against Dayton. The RedHawks are just 4-7, but that includes close 2 point losses at Dayton and Illinois, and a 1 point loss vs Wright State. MU has just one more non-conference game left against Cincy before embarking on conference play.
Florid'a version of Miami also lost a close one last night.. to Binghamton.. at home. Its going to a be a long ACC season for Miami.. coming into conference play with losses against teams like Binghamton and Cleveland State. Its not even like the 6-4 Bearcats are that good.. they lost by 35 to Akron, at home, just a week or so ago.
We can officially knock Xavier out of the Top 50. The 8-4 Musketeers have lost 3 of 4, including a home loss to Bucknell last night. Bucknell improved to 5-5 in the win, not bad considering they lost their first 4 games and have played a ridiculous 8 of 10 games on the road.