Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Crimson Castrates Cocks, 79-70

Bama goes on the road after suspending our best post player, and spoils South Carolina's senior night. South Carolina is not a very good team, they are a one man show now riding a 6 game losing streak. That being said, this was still a very good win for us on the road. Hopefully it will give us some confidence and momentum going into our own senior night against arch rival auburn.

It wasn't always pretty. South Carolina came out on fire and played with a lot of emotion to build an 11-0 lead. We were playing very sloppy in the first half. A lot of turnovers and missed open shots on offense, and we were easily getting faked out of position on defense. As they have done all year, this team found a way to scrap and stay competitive. They did it by rebounding, which is remarkable considering Green was out. Congrats to our post players for stepping up. Both Knox and Hines played a great game, but more importantly they did not try to do too much. They played within themselves and helped us get the win by dominating the glass.

Hillman also had a very good game in his first game back from suspension. He made plays on both ends of the court and seemed to come up with a number of loose balls. Despite the turnovers, Torrance also showed why we will miss him next year. He attacked the basket and created scoring opportunities for us in the second half. Charvez Davis continued his hot shooting.

It was refreshing to see the team play with some poise on the road. They didn't panic after the awful first 5 minutes and managed to cut the lead to 2. The South Carolina lead went from 3 to 7 or so for much of the game, but everytime Downey made a circus shot and it felt like things were slipping away, we would answer. When we finally got the lead, we didn't play timid and actually finished the job, although we still missed too many free throws down the stretch. Overall, we had way too many turnovers and missed too many free throws, but we made up for it with great rebounding and out hustling them to nearly ever loose ball.

Up next, Senior Day at Coleman Coliseum as the auburn tigers come in for the last regular season game. Tipoff is set for Saturday at 12:30. I understand there is some sort of trophy presentation going on at halftime, and the game is sold out. As this team proved tonight, they are going to continue to play hard for us, so let's do our part and be loud, and hopefully we can send them off winners. A win Saturday would also assure us of having a winning season.

Looking ahead to the SEC tournament next week, we will either be the #4 sede from the West and likely play Georgia at noon Thursday, or we'll be the #5 sede and likely play Florida that evening. If $tate beats auburn tonight, and they trail by 5 with 7 minutes remaining right now, then we will clinch the 4th sede. If auburn wins tonight, then the winner of our game Saturday will get the 4 sede. Obviously, UGA would probably be a more favorable 1st round matchup than the Gators, but Kentucky likely looms in the 2nd round if we get the 4 sede (unless UK loses to UGA or Florida Saturday, obviously not likely).

2 comments:

39 Steps said...

I'm all for establishing Grant's style, but again a slow start meant we win in the end. I hope at this point in the season we can try for wins vs establishing a style.

Nick said...

LMAO

Best alliterated article title thus far