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Afternoon Delight: Dayton now pulling rank in A10

Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:57 pm
 
Archie Miller isn't truly this concerned. (Getty Images)

By Matt Norlander

On busier Saturdays and Sundays this season, we’re not going to make you wait until the end of the slate of games to catch up with all that’s happened. Afternoon Delight (threeeee-pointers in flight!) recaps the first five-or-so hours’ worth of action, the perfecta appetizer right before dinnertime.

Before we get going, the We Back Pat shirts are great and for sale. If you caught the UConn-Tenessee game on CBS today, you saw everyone on the bench wearing them.

The best we’ve seen so far:  It’s the game that just ended as we’re posting this. Cincinnati went into West Virginia, fresh off that win at UConn Wednesday night, and couldn’t claw its way to a win against the Mountaineers, falling 77-74 in overtime. Crowd was frenzied; it was a great watch. God bless the WVU mascot, who could easily charge $500 for party appearances on campus.

I maintain Cincy’s the league’s second-best team until the end of the Syracuse game Monday night. Dennis Kilicli’s left hook shot, by the way, that thing is awesome.

The second-best we’ve seen: Missouri’s win over Baylor. Goodman covered that. I’ll only add that Missouri, in my estimation, would be a one seed if the tournament started today. They’ve deserved it. Tigers as a one … incredible to think about. Frank Haith is no believer in 40-degree days, I bet.

Deserving of a free dinner at the restaurant of their choice: Dayton welcomed Xavier into UD Arena and showed X who’s boss. 87-72, Flyers, and enjoy the 30-minute ride home, Musketeers. Boss-like. A no-doubt-about-it win for UD, who I’ve said for a month now is destined to be a tournament team. Archie Miller is amid the chase for national coach of the year, thanks to Goodman loving the little guy so much. We may have a post on young Archie by the time you stop reading Afternoon Delight.

No soup for you: It was a game that got closer than any one man, woman or child could have predicted. Georgetown 52, Rutgers 50, your life after watching it, 0.

Afternoon all-stars

  1. Phil Pressey: 18 points, seven assists, six steals, five rebounds.
  2. Pieere Jackson: 20 points, 15 assists, four rebounds.
  3. Ricardo Ratlifee: 27 points, eight rebounds.
  4. Quincy Miller also had 27 in a losing effort.
  5. Oh, are we supposed to pick out players who didn’t get involved in Missouri-Baylor? I can do that. Hmm … Stan Okoye had a best-so-far 18 rebounds for VMI.
  6. Maalik Wayns scored 28 points in the most Maalik Wayns way possible, lifting Villanova to a 79-76 OT win at MSG against St. John's.
  7. JaMychal Green gave 'Bama 22 and 12 and was the most impressive forward on the floor in the 'Bama-UK game.

Other daytime action worth your attention

  1. Kentucky should win at home. That said, there won’t be three teams that play the Wildcats in Rupp as well as Alabama did. Falling 77-71, I was as impressed with the Tide today as I’ve been in any other game, and I’ve been high on the Tide for most of the year. Still think this team should make the Sweet 16 if it falls in a quadrant that doesn’t have a potent offensive team.
  2. It’s a nice win for Arkansas, but I’m not sure Michigan falling on the road in Fayetteville (66-64) will ultimately mean anything. Arkansas isn’t a good loss, but it doesn’t affect the Big Ten chase and UM is going to be a single-digit seed regardless. Doubt this truly affects whether they end up as a four, five or six seed.
  3. Temple is going to remain in the Power Pyramid Monday because it Maryland 73-60. Terps aren’t as good as the Owls and it should today. Maryland was without one man today, assistant Dalonte Hill, who was arrested for suspicion of DUI. He’ll be out, minimum, two games. This is a big deal; Hill is one of the highest-paid assistants in hoops. Driving while drunk is dumber than agreeing to play Temple at the Palestra.
  4. Georgia State started hot in the Colonial. Now it’s 5-3 after falling in 50 minutes to Borzello’s alma mater, Delabro—er—Delaware.
  5. Win the road games over non-tournament teams in conference. That’s how good teams become NCAA tournament teams. Kansas State beat Okie State in Stillwater, 66-58. I’ve my doubts about Kansas State, but I know it’s no OSU.

Delightful (and not-so delightful) thoughts

  • Michigan State pummeled Purdue 83-58. That’s not much of a story. This, however, is. State's students mocked Robbie Hummel's affliction with knee injuries today. Purdue coach Matt Painter was incensed enough with the vocal, rude fan that he started verbally sparring with him. Let's put these kinds of taunts away forever and instead turn our attention to the fact Purdue is slipping into a bad bubble team.
  • In the battle of The Two Schools Everyone Gets Confused With One and Other, Florida Atlantic beat Florida International, 66-64. In other words, Isiah Thomas lost, so you’re probably happy.
  • Any hopes Belmont had of running game in the A-Sun this year like it did last year are gone, as the Bruins got beat at always-cagey USC Upstate.
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