Above The Rim: Pauley Pavilion Makes Refs Eat Whistles

College hoops only-edition.

UCLA’s Josh Shipp makes an amazing circus shot to stave off the upset from a bad Cal team, but it never should have gotten to that point after Kevin Love’s 3-pointer. Russell Westbrook fouled Ryan Anderson on that in-bound and the refs swallowed the whistles instead of sending Anderson to the free throw line — making it the second curious (to put it mildly) officiating call the the Bruins have been the beneficiary of this weekend.  Ultimately, I believe UCLA will wind up a #1 seed in the West — even if they had lost to Cal — so they do not need extra help from the zebras.

An odd thing about O.J. Mayo, watching him — he cranks it up slowly, waiting for the game to come to him, and bam, he has 25 when the game is over.  The Trojans flat-out out-hustled Stanford at the Galen Center yesterday. Now, I understand the difference between 2nd and 4th in the Pac-10 is really not that much, but when you have two 7-foot centers patrolling the insides against a lanky 6’8″ forward in Taj Gibson, there’s no excuse for not dominating the boards.

Georgetown beats Louisville in a squeaker via a three from DaJuan Summers in the final seconds — plus some bad free throw shooting from the Cardinals late. It gives the Hoyas back-to-back regular season conference titles for the first time.

Kansas is playing lights out — of course, when the opposition is oft-hapless Texas A&M, it helps make getting a share of the regular-season conference title easier.

Xavier’s Drew Lavender sits out with an ankle injury while his teammates lock up their second straight Atlantic-10 title against Richmond. The Musketeers are a scary team that plays tough for any of the bigger teams that will have to face them in a first round match-up.

This year’s UNC team did what it should do when you look at the match-up on paper — beat Duke for the ACC regular-season title.  The reason why? Duke missed its last 11 shots in the game and had 15 shots blocked by Tar Heel players. This is why Duke will be out fairly quickly in the tourney — not first round early, depending on the team they face — when their outside shooting doesn’t hit, they don’t have a whole lot else.

One Response

  1. Everything you said was true… but damn that Shipp shot was nice… even if illegal…

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