Not a total loss; UAB defeated Rice, 76-65, behind Aaron Johnson's 28 points and five assists. Jamarr Sanders added 18 points and seven boards. UAB was eight-of-16 from trifecta with Johnson going three-for-four and Sanders four-of-eight. The Blazers also sank 28-of-34 free throws, 82%. Good mark. Aaron Johnson never ceases to amaze me. Wearing a face mask to cover his broken nose he just battles every day. He is something else and can lead the Blazers to the tourney. They all need to stay healthy because depth would be an issue with injuries. Maybe they got their shooting going.
Tide lost another tough one; this time to Ole Miss, 74-67. They had a 40-19 lead in the first half and were playing lights out. Ole Miss charged back showing some mettle and won it at the end. Feel bad for Anthony and the guys. They are trying hard, things are just not going their way. JaMychal Green had 18 and super frosh Tony Mitchell had 16 with some incredibly athletic plays. He's going to be special. They need some more Mitchells in T-town.
AU lost a tough one too, to Arkansas, 82-79, in overtime. Auburn tied it at the end of regulation on Andre Malone's layup off a prayer shot by Frankie Sullivan. Courtney Fortson from Montgomery was awesome for the Hogs, scoring 24 and really taking over the game at the end. Sullivan and Tay Waller scored 18 apieve. Tough one for AU.
Vandy just doesn't have that toughness in the middle and lost to Georgia, 72-58. Jermaine Beal and Brad Tinsley are great guards; Beal had 21 and Tinsley had 18. But A.J. Ogilivy's soft and can't get it done in the middle against more physical players. If the other team is guarding the perimeter well, it's hard for Vandy.
They can make the tourney, I just don't think Ogilvy is tough at all and it could cost them a one-and-done tourney. Sometimes I wonder how hard he's trying. He's gotten so much hype that maybe he's believed it. He's not an NBA player in my opinion. I thought he was better his frosh year than this year. He has had foot problems, but I don't know. The guy has never been able to handle the Wayne Chisms, the Patrick Pattersons or now the DeMarcus Cousins of the league. The Georgia inside guys were very physical and had their way with Ogilvy and Festus Ezeli. Ezeli just doesn't understand how to play the game yet. Maybe they can get it back together for Tenn on Tuesday. They'll have to, or they'll get blown out.
Kentucky just kept on rolling blasting hapless LSU, 81-55. DeMarcus Cousins had his sixth double-double in a row with 19 points and 13 boards. I usually like to concentrate on college basketball and not the pros, but this guy looks like a lottery pick. He is dominant.