So, the observant among you might notice that I’m new. No big deal. The really observant among you might remember that I had one unofficial post regarding a football practice toward the start of this past season. Good for you. Really, that’s impressive; I’m not being sarcastic at all. However, the astoundingly astute will scour the site history and recall that I was once a participant (read: victim) of the now-ancient “Who Wants to be a Blogger Contest” from almost a year and a half ago. Things didn’t work out then, but it just goes to show that if at first you don’t succeed, continue to pester and beg and eventually, if you’re lucky, you’ll be rewarded with a hard-earned “Fine, if you’ll shut up.” And that, folks, is how to succeed in life. If by “succeed” you mean “become the new BTI”, which most people don’t.
But what’s important is this: I’m not cool enough to be part of the KSR College crew. Twenty-five is apparently too old. They kicked me out. Also important: I’ll be taking care of your 9 a.m. posts for the foreseeable future, so settle in, drink your coffee, and let’s do this.
(1) UK/South Carolina
We all liked what we saw from Jones, finally, and Teague had a very quiet 17 points (honestly, look it up) with a healthy 2-1 assist/TO ratio. Davis got another double-double (nearly a triple-double with a man’s stat of seven blocks). Our shooting percentages were high (59% and 45.5%), and our defense did work, holding USC to under 40% overall. Really, we didn’t see any bad performances throughout, minus maybe an occasional lapse in rebounding here and there. With so little intriguing gameplay to comment on, the real story of the game, as far as I’m concerned, was just how fast it went by. Seriously, did you watch it? It came and went quicker than Kris Humphries’ and Bruce Jenner’s father-and-son retreat plans (Are we still making Kris Humphries jokes? Gosh, I hope so). I went to the grill for a kabob and missed an entire five minutes of the second half. With UK and USC averaging 5.5 and 9 fouls per half, respectively, there were very few minutes played in the bonus, and it led to one of the quickest NCAA basketball games I’ve ever seen at an hour and fifty minutes. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with myself afterward. I guess it’s got to be a good thing when your takeaway from a game is just how quickly your team dismantled a conference opponent. Well done, Cats.
(2) Lexington Catholic Games
With all the time leftover after South Carolina, I was able to watch Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress play in one of the more strangely sponsored high school basketball events I’ve seen. Lexington Catholic played host to the “Dunkin’ Donuts Shootout”, and, in addition to the above-mentioned talent, it featured an extremely creepy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup mascot that spent the entire evening standing in corners and waving at no one in particular. I didn’t like it.
But as far as basketball is concerned, I gotta say, I had a good time watching the two games. If you didn’t go, you missed out. Goodwin and Poythress are great, as we all know (and will be described in the podcast, no doubt), but I was pretty impressed with the Knights in their at-home efforts against Goodwin’s Bears. Maybe it was the crowd, maybe it was Cal showing up, or maybe it was the dead-eyed stare from that awful coffee cup, but Catholic played much better than I anticipated, winning in overtime. Particularly impressive were #00 Dillon Avare (who absolutely shot the lights out) and #41 Jack Whitman (more than once made me shake my head with great fakes and post moves). I see you, Lexington Catholic. Nice work.
Also, I noticed Matt Jones’s Poythress/Mashburn comparison from the night post, and raise him David freaking Robinson. Even the old guys behind me were asking who “that guy that played for Navy” was, because Alex looked so much like the Admiral. Between the flat-top and almost breaking the rim on a dunk (literally almost happened), Poythress is Robinson-esque terrifying. In a good, good way.
(3) I Told Eloy Vargas a Joke
…while we were standing in line for the restroom. It wasn’t even funny. It was maybe the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life. Sorry, big guy.
(4) Tim Tebow is the Man.
There, I said it.
Stick around, we’ll have more (Podcast!) for you throughout the day. Maybe. I still don’t know how this works.