UNC 64 VT 61
-Virginia Tech is a very athletic team, but is not skilled enough on offense right now to beat the upper echelon teams this season.
-Tyler Hansborough (20 pts, 8 reb) is turning into a dominant low post player in his freshmen season. He gets good position, has good moves, and a good touch. But, Hansborough will get exploited defensively by quick forwards who can play on the perimeter.
-The Tarheels did a better job at getting good shots and converting them than the Hokies (48% vs 41% on FG). An inside player like Hansborough will help that stat.
-UNC’s Wes Miller is a poor man’s JJ Reddick. A couple of times Miller looked like he literally came of the bench during play to shoot from Roanoke.
-The Hokies have now lost 5 games by a combined 15 points this season.
Vandy 57 – UK 52
-Watching the Wildcats on offense is downright painful at times. The shooting woes continue with a 1-9 shooting effort on 3 pointers in the first half; ended up 5-20 for the game.
Randolph Morris made his season debut and provided some instant inside defensive help-7reb, 2 blocks.
-The Kentucky crowd sounded very excited to just be able to stay with Vanderbilt in the first half. How times have changed in Lexington.
-Kentucky’s starting lineup went for a whopping 23 points. Rajon Rondo was the leader with 9 points.
-Vanderbilt got their first win in Lexington since 1974.
-With the BC students not yet returned to class, the Conte Forum was virtually a library, of course the score didn’t help.
-Simmons is the key to this NC State team. He is a defensive force on the inside blocking 2-3 shots per game and altering about 8-10 more.
-BC may wish they were still in the Big East. They wouldn’t have had to travel to Boise for a bowl game, and probably would not be 0-3 in conference play right now.
-After a tough loss to UNC, NC State came right back and beat a team rated second preseason on the road by a sound margin. NC State looks to have a very legit team this year.