A Saturday full of basketball

Today has been a lazy, post Christmas day.  PJ and I took down the trees and have generally been super slothy.  We slept in and have spent all afternoon and evening napping and watching basketball.  What a life!

I am currently flipping between the Butler/Vandy game (I’m pretty sure that the Bulldogs have this one in the bag) and the battle of the Huskies.  UConn just defeated Washington 61-53.  Today has been an all around good day for Coach Ollie.  He just inked a 5 year extension to his initial 7 month head coach contract.  Not bad!

At Stanford, the #2 UConn women handed #1 Stanford a painful loss.  I watched #3 Baylor spank Tennessee the other day.  I was sure that the Lady Bears were the best women playing the game, but watching UConn I can’t be so sure.  The state of women’s ball is HEALTHY!

The ACC was busy at home on Tobacco Road today. As we were taking down the tree, there was a moment of hope that Santa Clara would knock dook down a notch, but damn Plumlee, Kelley, and Curry. They are all hard to watch.  NC State had a strong showing against Western Michigan.  I am excited to see this team live on Monday versus UNCG.  They are playing better and better with the leadership of the likes of Leslie and Wood.

At the Dean Dome, UNC hosted the UNLV Running Rebels.  Last year when they met, in Las Vegas, #1 UNC lost.  While many in the light blue uniforms did not play in that game last November, this was a revenge game.  UNC really needed this win.  They scored first and held the upper hand for most of the game.  McAdoo was really quiet in the first half.  That was ok because we got to see the work of some of UNC’s first year players.  I am so excited for the potential and flashes of brilliance that I see in JP Tokoto, Brice Johnson, and Joel James.  Particularly the team work of Johnson and James is fun to watch and will be a powerhouse in the next few years!  This was all without the play of Reggie Bullock, who did not dress out due to a mild concussion.

Today was PJ Hairston’s first career start and he stepped up to the leadership role that entails with a solid 15 points. Dexter Strickland added 16 points.  The Tarheels were able to capitalize off of turnovers and kept UNLV first year player Anthony Bennett, the NCAA leading freshman scorer, to only 15 points.  Bennett did manage a double double with 13 rebounds.  McAdoo woke up in the second half and was only one rebound short of his own double double.  Watching this game, it seemed  (maybe for the first time in a while) that the Heels were having fun.  That is the point of basketball- after all-  Well having fun and beating Duke- is the point of basketball.  I think this win is a strong one and a win the Heels need to build on as conference play is about to start.