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Archive - Feb 2012

February 9th

Boston College Upsets #15 Florida State Behind 5'9 Freshman

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(Jimmy Golen/AP/MetroWest Daily News)

One team had won 7 games in a row, the other team had lost 6 consecutively. Jordan Daniels big night gave Boston College Eagles fans something to be happy about with a career high 21 points including 4 three pointers in a 64-60 victory. The fact that he had this performance against a Florida State Seminole team that had defeated 3 top 25 teams in their last winning streak, including a victory against Duke at Cameron, was just icing on the cake.

Jeff Withey's Career Game Helps Kansas Sweep Baylor

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(Gary Bedore/LJWorld.com)

After posting a donut in Kansas' latest loss to Missouri, Jeff Withey knew he needed to be aggressive against Baylor. He was just that as his 17 points in the first half already surpassed his career high of 15 set one week before against Oklahoma. Overall, Withey finished with 25 points (8-10 FG, 9-11 FT) adding 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Jayhawks 68-54 road win against Baylor.

Jeff Withey's Career Game Helps Kansas Sweep Baylor

Source: 
(Gary Bedore/LJWorld.com)

After posting a donut in Kansas' latest loss to Missouri, Jeff Withey knew he needed to be aggressive against Baylor. He was just that as his 17 points in the first half already surpassed his career high of 15 set one week before against Oklahoma. Overall, Withey finished with 25 points (8-10 FG, 9-11 FT) adding 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Jayhawks 68-54 road win against Baylor.

Kris Joseph Helps Boeheim Pass Smith on Wins List

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(Mike Waters/The Post Standard)

It took OT and a career performance for Kris Joseph, but Jim Boeheim notched win #880 to pass legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith for third All-Time in career college basketball victories. Joseph dropped in what proved to be the game winner with 26 seconds left and finished with a career high 29 points in #2 Cuse's 64-61 win over #12 Georgetown.

“It’s the last game I’ll ever play against Georgetown, assuming we don’t play them in the Big East Tournament,” Joseph said. “So it was good. I feel like I came out on top in this rivalry.”

Austin Rivers Buzzer Beater Helps Duke Stun North Carolina at Home

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(Nicholas Schwartz/New York Times)

"I don't think it's much of a rivalry right now because UNC's not better than Duke, nowhere near in my opinion. Until UNC can start winning some games, I don't think it's much of a rivalry. They've got to do something first. Duke's done their share. I don't know about UNC."

-Austin Rivers (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Duke-signee-Austin-Rivers-takes-a-few-jabs-at-No?urn=ncaab-317050)

February 8th

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

Reggie Johnson

Reggie JohnsonReggie JohnsonMiami had a tough start to the season. DeQuan Jones was suspended for the first ten games of the year and Julian Gamble injured himself over the summer and isn't expected to play a game in 2011-2012. Center Reggie Johnson wasn't always around to help in the frontcourt either, having missed the first nine games of the season recovering from knee surgery and trying to get back into game-shape ever since his return. The Hurricanes have managed to get through all of that without losing any substantial ground in the ACC standings, and both the team and Reggie Johnson are starting to heat up. Miami has won four straight games, the most recent of which was an overtime victory at Duke. Like the Seminoles before them, the Hurricanes used their size advantage to stage the upset. Johnson scored a career-high 27 points on 11/17 shooting, while pulling down a season-high 12 rebounds. Standing 6'10" at 285 pounds, he's a matchup nightmare for a lot of teams in the ACC. If he stays healthy, he'll be a game-changer that could propel his team up in the ACC standings and potentially into an NCAA tournament birth.

Hot

Tyler Zeller

Tyler Zeller's best attributes have always been his athleticism, height and offensive skill-set. He can score in transition, in the post, or at the line. He's very slippery, and consequently, draws a lot of contact. But I don't want to go into great detail about that. Instead, I want to talk about what his greatest flaws were considered to be prior to this season. Critics would say that Zeller was too thin and a poor defender. He was also a mediocre rebounder (especially defensively), and not much of a passer. Zeller had lottery-type talent, but several holes in his game. As a senior, it seems he's been working on addressing those weaknesses. He's not getting pushed around as much in the post, and it's leading to better man-to-man defense and rebounding. After a 17-rebound performance against North Carolina State, and an 18-rebound performance against Wake Forest, his average on the season is up to 9.6 (7.2 rpg in 2010-2011). He's also putting up career-highs in steals (1.0), blocks (1.3) and assists (1.0) per game, all in fewer minutes (26.4 mpg) than he played last season (28.1). It appears Zeller is willing to work hard to make himself a better player, which is something that the NBA will take note of.

Cold

February 7th

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Travon Woodall

Travon WoodallTravon WoodallWoodall has really excelled with the ball in his hands, not only as a playmaker but as a scorer alongside Ashton Gibbs. He dropped 29 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in a win over Villanova after finishing with 24 in a huge win over West Virginia.

February 6th

SEC Blog

Player of the Week

Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Anthony DavisAnthony DavisThe dominance of Davis continues to astound. The one-and-done freshman swatted 15 shots in two games this week, passing Shaquille O’Neal for the SEC frosh record in blocked shots with 116. Davis leads the country with 4.8 BPG, and has eight games of 6+ rejections. On the offensive end, he averaged 20 points in victories over Tennessee and South Carolina, connecting on 15/17 field goal attempts (66% on year) and 10/12 free throws (70%). He added 8 RPG, assisted on 4 buckets and committed just a single turnover (0.9). Davis is a man amongst children, despite hardly an offensive set being run for him. Kentucky faces a rough patch of games in February beginning with tilts versus Florida and at Vanderbilt this week. The feeding on conference cupcakes is over.

Who’s Hot

Kenny Gabriel & Varez Ward, Auburn

The Tigers played tremendous ball this week (home W over Georgia and three-point road L at Mississippi State), and the two names above are a big reason why. Gabriel continued his dynamic ways on both ends of the floor, scoring 19 PPG, grabbing 9.5 rebounds, blocking 2.5 shots, swiping a steal, knocking down 12/13 from the charity stripe and drilling 4 treys at MSU. Ward, who had struggled miserably in recent weeks shooting the rock, averaged 21.5 points, 4 assists and made an eye popping 21 free throws on 24 attempts. When you’re shooting 34% from the field, uncontested opportunities at the line are a welcomed sight.