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All Out of Juice (But It Sure Tasted Sweet!)
Tonight's Cal defeat, which I expected, since USC had to win and was playing in L.A., has receded into what feels like the distant past because I just finished watching my father's alma mater Syracuse defeat Final Four-favorite Connecticut in the six -- that's right, six -- overtimes to advance to the semifinals of the Big East tournament. The most amazing thing was watching the Orange find a little something extra in the tank in the last overtime, even though they were undermanned at the start of the game. Their point guard Jonny Flynn was the proverbial Man among men, repeatedly driving right at 7'3" Huskies center Hasheem Thabeet in regulation and the early overtimes, then doing a remarkable job of dribbling out of trouble as the game wore down to a close. If you ever get a chance to watch this one on ESPN Classic, do so.

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barca_k From: barca_k Date: March 13th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i'm sorry but did you see that goddam game-? i've never seen anything like it the way the Cuse turned it on in that final overtime...

as i was watching the game, i remembered how, as a youth, i used to shoot free throws on our driveway, for hours on end, to see how many i could make in a row. & exhausted, dead tired, under tremendous pressure, i watched Flynn & Harris... never miss. i've never seen anything like it. i've never been so riveted by free throw shooting. amazing. those bits to me as the game wore on became the most exciting, especially as Harris had such hell beaten from him by the rim of the basket.

but my favorite thing about it was about five minutes after it was over, i was watching sportcenter & the announcer made a comment when Thabeet hit a shot - something like, "Hasheem Thabeet, still in the game at this point--" ROTFL.

bad sign for your team when they are doing the recap & go to great pains to mention your star center is still in the game....
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 13th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
How true. And Syracuse usually fritters leads away with terrible free throw shooting under pressure. With the exception of Melo's team, they've been bad as long as Jim Boeheim has coached them, though it can't be his fault. This year's team is perhaps his worst ever in that category. But not last night!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was flipping through and picked the game up during the second overtime. Amazing. Really, just amazing.

I actually kinda hope that Syracuse loses tonight so that they have a little extra time to recover before the tournament starts. Even 21 year-olds need more than a couple days to recover from a game like that, and judging from that performance Syracuse could do quite well in the big dance.

UK, on the other hand... Well, we won't talk about that. --jdm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 13th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Great to hear from you.

It was amazing. The ESPN highlights are ten minutes long, practically! The game should kill their legs, but you never know. Sometimes such victories can compensate for the physical.

Sorry about the Wildcats. It's a bad year for storied felines.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I really enjoyed watching the walk-on for Syracuse in the fifth overtime: utterly overmatched, out of his element, and nervous as hell, but with the enthusiasm and fresh legs to make up for it. And I always like it when the hard-working player with little skill but lots of gumption gets to contribute. (Please don't get analytical on that.)

Who do you like this year? After the Pitt-UConn game last week I was sure that the interior play of Pitt was going to propel them to the top, but then they promptly lost, so now I'm not sure. --jdm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 14th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree. It's always great to see the walk-ons make it in to a game, but way more awesome when they have a meaningful role to play. I wonder, though, why Syracuse didn't have a scholarship player left. They should carry ten, no?

I love to watch Pitt, but am not sure they have the point guard play, at least from a shooting standpoint. North Carolina without Ty Lawson at 100% is also iffy, as today's loss to FSU indicated. Same goes for Oklahoma. I think teams usually need a Jonny Flynn to prevail in the tourney. That's why even a weaker UCLA team is still a threat to make the Final Four and why Gonzaga has its best chance in a long while, if their interior plays show up. Hell, the Seminoles could obviously make it far, with their awesome point guard and ACC fortitude. Arizona State might do well out of the Pac-10 for the same reason, since they have a good point and a great 3 who can take over the point as needed.

I do agree with Joe Lunardi from ESPN, who says he'd take the ACC and Big East against the rest of the field.
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