Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We had them.
Coming up on 24 hours after last night's 64-62 overtime loss to the hated Hoyas, the Orange find themselves sitting in 12th place in the Big East Conference. It is way too early to imagine a Big East Tournament without the Orange, so let's not even go there. With this young team we probably should feel good about going the distance with the Hoyas, in a Rocky Balboa type of way.
Russianator provided a solid recap as usual. There'll be a little bit of redundancy here (what did you expect, we're idiots) but here's what caught my eye last night:
Thumbs up: Arinze, after years of a post presence defined by missed dunks and dropped passes (Watkins), and falling down and dribbling the ball off of feet (TRob), it is refreshing to see a finisher who attacks the glass. I really think this kid could be a monster if he sees a senior season. He held his own with a 12/13 night against Roy Hibbert.
Thumbs down: Donte's shot selection. Honestly, a little too much of the 3 last night in the 1st half. Quick 3's are not the best looks when the offense is not set up to begin with. Hit the blocks Donte. I'd love to see some more of him on the post.
Thumbs up: Going toe-to-toe with the nation's #9 team on their home floor
Thumbs down: Devo and Andy, how we miss you.
Where do we go from here? Well the next 5 on the slate include: Providence, DePaul, Nova, UConn, and South Florida. Four out of five there would be nice.