Has Marquis Teague turned the corner?
Today is just another manic Thursday around the Bluegrass. Kentucky is getting ready for their next SEC opponent, Kevin Stallings is whining again, and the "Blarge" is discovered in the CAA rulebook, (combination of "block" and "charge").
As an aside, the "blarge" is more properly called a simultaneous personal foul, or a double foul by the official NCAA rulebook:
Rule 4 Section 29 Article 2(d) - Double personal foul. A double personal foul occurs when two opponents commit personal fouls against each other at approximately the same time.
At Auburn, TJ got his offense going after he made a couple of steals. Against Arkansas, he was fierce in attacking the boards from the outset and the offense eventually came. Now, things are starting to click.
I think this is right.
Teague was a pass-first point guard from start to finish and that hasn't been the case to this point. He was magnificent in setting up teammates and in recognizing how to control the tempo like great point guards do. The shots he took were late in the shot clock when his ability to take his man off the dribble becomes a key asset--one that is especially important to have in March, when the games tend to slow down and defenses get better the deeper you go into the tournament.
Former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen and future UK quarterback Patrick Towles are going to be teammates — in a pizza eating contest.
The book offers a strong reminder that the game was great throughout, not just for its finish. There were nine lead changes or ties during the last five minutes of regulation and Kentucky led four times in overtime. Laettner, in the opinion of some, should not have even been in the game to win it. Earlier, he stepped on a Kentucky player and drew a technical foul. Says Elmore: "My honest opinion of Christian Laettner? I thought he was kind of smarmy in some ways."
Just a little teaser for you.
The top five in expenses are Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Marquette and Arkansas.
If the Wildcats, who block 15.6% of opponents shots, keep this up, they'll likely break the NCAA team record of 315 in one season. Connecticut, which won the 2004 national title, set that record.
Alabama spent $6.85 million in total men's basketball operating expenses in 2010-11, according to the university's latest NCAA financial report. That's up 28 percent from Mark Gottfried's final season but ranks seventh in the SEC.
"I understand all of the reasons that Big Blue Nation curls into the fetal position whenever anybody mentions that game or Christian Laettner’s shot," Wojciechowski said. "I get that. I’m sure I could have sold a lot more books if Christian Laettner’s picture wasn’t on the cover. I’ve heard people say they’d rather vomit than read about that game."
I don't get that. I'm as invested in that game as the next UK fan. I spend hours a day on UK-related stuff. I watched the 1992 game, listened to Cawood afterwards, watched every retrospective, cried a bucket of tears, mourned for over two weeks. In short, there is no experience anyone went through that I did not.
But I made my peace with this game long ago. If you haven't, I think you should, soon, for your own sanity.
"I don’t think the [Syacuse home court] Joyce is any more difficult than any other place, to be honest with you," Pitino said. "The only place I’ve found [is Kansas] and that could’ve been I was playing with four walk-ons and lost by 50 points, so maybe that was the reason I felt that way."
Good. C'mon down!