The real NC?: I've written that greatness is bubbling beneath the surface with North Carolina and suddenly it burst to the top against BC Tuesday night as the Tar Heels steamrolled the Eagles 106-74 on Al Skinner Court. Freshman Harrison Barnes played as advertised with 26 points and he may not be first-team All-American but he's playing really well. The big difference to me, however, was the play of big man Luke Zeller and John Henson. When you see Henson, at 6-10, run the court and make athletic plays, as he did against BC, you see what a great player he can be. Zeller just killed the Eagles in the post. Now, the Heels have to keep it up. Their biggest problem is ball-handling and they minimized that Tuesday night. Meanwhile, BC needs to just keep playing, they can still do well in the ACC.
I hate it: Maine coach Ted Woodward did the usual knee-jerk coaching decision about personal fouls. When his point guard Raheem Singleton got two fouls just four minutes into the game, he took him out. BU was able to take advantage. Then when he got his third foul early in the second half, he took him. BU broke the game open as guards D.J. Irving and Matt Griffin hit key three-pointers that pushed the Terriers to a 88-78 victory. So follow you're so-called rules about personal fouls and then watch the game slip away. If you're going to win, you need to have your best players on the floor. An often-repeated phrase in Sully's Court; Two fouls in the first half isn't foul trouble; three in the second isn't either. Meanwhile, BU has enough weapons even without injured forward Jake O'Brien to win the America East tournament in March.
Surprising scores, amazing margins:
Bradley 69, Creighton 61: Bradley breaks an 11-game losing streak as Creighton continues to underachieve.
Florida 65, Vanderbilt 61: The Gators, who have a really interesting and entertaining season, win a big one at home in overtime.
Mississippi 71, Kentucky 69: Old Miss guard Chris Warren, a terrific player, hit a three-pointer with 2.9 left for the win. Coach Cal used that remaining time well as his team got a good shot but Doron Lamb missed.
Wichita State 70, Indiana State 54: A big win on the road for the Wheat Shockers who are back in first place in the Valley.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell