Posted January 26, 2013, 5:33 pm
It wasn't pretty, in fact it was downright ugly. Once again the Cats had a large lead through most of the first half and had a chance to put the game away, but instead they let LSU claw their way back and go into the locker room with some confidence. Instead of putting the hammer down in the second half we continued to let LSU hang around and make a game of it, and it almost led to a season-ruining bubble-popping loss. The hero for the Cats was Alex Poythress, who posted his first career double-double with 20 points (on 6-9 FG and 8-10 FT) and 12 rebounds. Cal said it best in the post-game interviews, “Without (Poythress), we don’t win.”
As for the rest of the team, it was a solid team effort to pull out the win. Nerlens did what Nerlens does, putting up 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 assists and a steal. However, he nearly cost the Cats the game due to miscommunication and the Cats had six players on the floor at one time. Assistant Coach John Robic grabbed Nerlens and pulled him out of bounds just before the ref handed Archie Goodwin the ball. Robic saved the game and possibly the season. If we had picked up a technical there we would have three bad home losses and a date with the NIT.
Archie chipped in 15 points, Harrow had 11, Mays added 9, and Wiltjer contributed 8. Kyle knocked down two pressure filled free-throws to extend the lead to three points in the final half minute of the game. It was great to see him hit the shots and redeem himself after choking in a similar situation at Alabama.
It was a scary game but a win is a win, and a one game winning streak is much better than a three game losing streak like some teams we know. The win moves the Cats to 13 - 6 overall and 4 - 2 in the SEC, setting up a HUGE game at Ole Miss on Tuesday. The game against the Rebels will be a rare opportunity to capture an all too elusive "quality win". There's no word yet on whether or not Willie Cauley-Stein will play, but we could definitely use him against Ole Miss.
Posted January 26, 2013, 4:37 pm
The Cats lead 42 to 31 at the half. They could have been up by 20 but had a lapse over the last couple minutes and lead by only 11. Nerlens Noel is once again teetering with a triple-double with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks at the break. Alex Poythress is trying to return to Beast form with 11 points and 6 rebounds. It's been a solid team effort by the Wildcats so far, with Harrow adding 8, Wiltjer scoring 7, and Goodwin and Mays adding 5 points each. Will the Cats put the hammer down and finish LSU off, or will we continue to let them creep back into the game? We will find out after the break. GBB!
Posted January 26, 2013, 3:56 pm
Posted January 26, 2013, 2:08 pm
Even with Otto Porter stepping out of bounds, even with the refs blatantly making up a phantom jump ball call to give Loserville the ball back, Lousy lost anyway. This loss is their third in a row since being ranked #1. They are probably the first team in NCAA history to drop 3 straight after being #1. Here's some food for thought.... Lousy now has 4 losses. Had the Cats just scored 4 more points at the Chicken Bucket we would both be sitting with 5 losses right now. So for the third game in a row just let me say, (in my best Nelson from the Simpsons voice) "HA HA!"
The Goat Of The Game was definitely Peyton Siva who scored ZERO points, had four fouls, turned it over three times, had only one assist, and yet he still had the overconfidence to take the game winning shot and miss it. Ultimate Goat!
Posted January 26, 2013, 11:23 am
Tip-off is at 4:00 ET at Rupp. This LSU team is not very good. They have no Pistol Pete, no Shaq, no Chris Jackson, not even a Glen Davis. In fact, they have nobody averaging over 12 points a game. They lost their first four SEC games before picking up a four point win over Texas A&M on Wednesday. Vegas currently has the Cats as a 16 point favorite, but I have a feeling this is going to be a 20+ point dubya. GBB!
Posted January 26, 2013, 10:15 am
Syracuse at Villanova 11:00 am ESPNU Syracuse -7
Prediction: Syracuse 72-66. Bet VILLANOVA +7
Ohio St. at Penn St. 12:00 pm ESPN2 Ohio St. -14
Prediction: Ohio St. 72-59. Bet OHIO ST. -14
Louisville at Georgetown 12:00 pm ESPN Louisville –4.5
Prediction: Louisville 66-62. Bet GEORGETOWN +4.5
Maryland at Duke 1:00 pm CBS Duke -12
Prediction: Duke 75-61. Bet DUKE -12
Minnesota at Wisconsin 2:00 pm Big Ten Network Wisconsin -3
Prediction: Minnesota 65-63. Bet MINNESOTA +3
Oklahoma at Kansas 4:00 pm ESPN Kansas -13
Prediction: Kansas 77-62. Bet KANSAS -13
LSU at Kentucky 4:00 pm ESPN Full Court Kentucky -16
Prediction: Kentucky 79-62. Bet KENTUCKY -16
Vanderbilt at Missouri 5:00 pm ESPNU Missouri -12
Prediction: Missouri 71-58. Bet MISSOURI -12
USC at Arizona 7:00 pm ESPNU Arizona -14
Prediction: Arizona 78-63. Bet ARIZONA –14
North Carolina at North Carolina St 7:00 pm ESPN North Carolina St. –4.5
Prediction: North Carolina St. 76-69. Bet NORTH CAROLINA ST –4.5
Florida at Mississippi St. 8:00 pm ESPN2 Florida –20.5
Prediction: Florida 74-55. Bet MISSISSIPPI ST. +20.5
CAPATILIZED team favored against the spread
Leemo’s 5 star Lock of the day: Minnesota +3
2012-2013 College Basketball Season
Year to date (Straight up picks): 52-20
Year to date (Against the spread): 44-27
Year to date (5 star Locks): 13-8): 12-7
Posted January 25, 2013, 10:57 am
This goes out to all the Loserville fans who have already forgotten the Wildcats won the championship last year, beating Loserville twice along the way. This is for all those with short memories who want to kick us while we are down right now.
Posted January 25, 2013, 9:36 am
On a cold, icy day like today when the Cats are struggling nothing warms the heart like relishing a beatdown and mocking of Duke. Take a look at the video below of the Miami players slapping the floor in unison on defense.
After the game, PG Shane Larkin said former NFL star Warren Sapp shouted his name while sitting courtside during a free throw and recommended the taunt.
"He was like, 'slap the floor on D," Larkin told the Florida Sun-Sentinel.