Woke up early this morning and it was pouring rain outside. Before my coffee and taking my dog for a walk I turned on Sportscenter and heard Hannah Storm criticizing North Carolina for not calling a timeout yesterday with 10 seconds left in possession of the ball.
“Carolina has 2 time-outs, 2 TIME-OUTS. And yet they let the clock run down” Hannah from Atlanta said. She may be the worst to give us highlights of big games on Sportscenter. But I’m actually not sure if it’s her that writes the material? Maybe it’s an intern behind the scenes?
There are great coaches who don’t like to call time-out late in the game. So yes Hannah, I’m sure Roy Williams knew he had 2 time-outs left but he chose to allow his team to play.
Then to make matters worse, Hannah said “Carolina lets Kentucky run out the clock without fouling. Inexplicable ending there.” Tony Kornhiser’s favorite anchor obviously is clueless when it comes to basketball. UNC did try to foul, Kentucky played keep away, not allowing the Tar Heels to foul.
Kentucky won 73-72.
Michael Grant of the Journal-Courier on the big game yesterday.
After listening to Miss Storm, I thought of former basketball coach John MacLeod’s words, “the least knowledgeable are the most critical.”
Jeff Washburn of the Journal-Courier on Purdue’s collapse vs Xavier. I had a junior college coach text me after this game and said, “See, even good coaches like Matt Painter blow leads late in games.”
The Boilermakers forced 18 first-half turnovers and led 55-36 on a Ryne Smith 3-pointer with 10:44 remaining in the game before the undefeated Musketeers finished with a 30-8 blitz to stun Purdue, 66-63.
Guard Tu Holloway scored Xavier’s final 11 points, including a 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining that broke a 61-61 tie and gave the Musketeers (6-0) the lead for good.
Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe with Boston U’s first win over Boston College in 37 years. Whatever happened to former Eagle, Roger McCready?
History, tradition, and conference prestige were working against Boston University yesterday. But the Terriers did not behave like underdogs as they took a 75-61 nonconference win over Boston College at Conte Forum, their first victory over the Eagles in 37 years.
“I didn’t know about the statistics until a little bit later – ’74, the last eight tries, or something like that,’’ said BU’s Darryl Partin, who led the way with 27 points. “So we don’t get a chance to play them too much. It was definitely a good win and something we wanted to get, keep the win streak going.
“We prepare every game to just go out and play as hard as we can. So, whatever the outcome is, a win’s a win. But we definitely had a little extra motivation for this game.’’
Tammy Nunez of the Times-Picayune on Tulane’s win over Georgia Tech.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe with his NBA Notes. Solid read.
Leighton Ginn of The Desert Sun on Henry Bibby’s decision late in his career to pick the Clippers over the Celtics.
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