Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff
March 13, 2009 11:31 AM
THOUGHTS AFTER WATCHING . . . SIX OVERTIMES!!!Here's the lesson: Never think you've seen it all. Thursday night's Syracuse-UConn six-OT epic -- won by the Orange, 127-117 -- was an all-timer that will never be forgotten (until someone plays seven someday).
Johnny Flynn (34 points, 11 assists in 67 minutes) could probably run two marathons in a day, he still had tremendous energy in the overtimes. He's evolved into a great player. I'd say he's even underrated.
Syracuse's Andy Rautins (20 points, six 3-pointers) has a lot confidence, given that he fires up long 3-pointers with the game on the line.
UConn guard A.J. Price (33 points, 10 assists) had as much energy as Flynn and played extremely well.
One bad thing, one good thing for UConn. Bad: They still miss Jerome Dyson's outside shooting, even though Craig Austrie had a brief hot streak in the second half. Good: Stanley Robinson might be finally all the way back after sitting out the first semester. That makes the Huskies very tough down low.
Actually saw Hasheem Thabeet come across the lane to get a rebound.
I hate replay, but it helped the officials get it correct at the end of regulation. Eric Devendorf's shot that would have won the game for Syracuse was a tenth of a second too late. The official ruled it good and the replay showed otherwise.
Devendorf acted like a jerk in both games in the Big East Tournament. He can make some good plays, like the shot at the end of regulation, but he can still make knucklehead plays too.
There was a time when all Syracuse teams were known to be bad foul shooters. The Orange hit 40 of 51 Thursday night. In the end, probably the difference in the game.
OTHER THOUGHTSCollege basketball is incredibly well-balanced. How else can you explain UConn and Pittsburgh losing the Big East quarterfinals? Kansas and Oklahoma losing in the Big 12 quarterfinals? No doubt we'll have more upsets Friday.
I still like Villanova to win the Big East.
OK, I finally give up on Clemson after that loss to Georgia Tech Thursday.
Duquesne is in the Atlantic 10 semifinals for the first time since 1994. Coach Ron Everhart has done a tremendous job. I'd love to see them win the A-10 tournament.
I always talk about the importance of home court advantage. It didn't help UNLV Thursday as the Rebels lost in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West to San Diego State, 71-57.
Fifteen minutes or so after Syracuse finally beat UConn, New Mexico really hurt its NCAA chances by losing to Wyoming in the Mountain West quarterfinals. Switched over to watch the end.