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December 24th Pick and Rolls

December 24th Pick and Rolls
Dec 24, 2007, 11:18 am
• As much as Pitt fans celebrated their win over Duke Thursday, the loss of Mike Cook is a huge blow to the Panthers advancing far into the tournament. Cook averaged 10 points, 25 minutes a game and is a good passer. Good news for the Panthers is that DeJuan Blair is reminding many of Jason Maxiell.

• John Calipari knew he needed his leading scorer at full strength for Saturday’s game against Georgetown so he worked Douglas-Roberts out himself . Douglas-Roberts who was in a terrible three game funk had 24 points and eight rebounds and along with the Memphis’ 16 offensive rebounds were the main reasons for the Tigers’ convincing win over Georgetown Saturday.

• Bruce Pearl’s Volunteers got an unexpected boost from JP Prince, who lost out on a spot in the rotation at Arizona only a year ago before transferring to Tennessee. Prince scored 23 points in only 20 minutes to help the Vols snap Xavier’s 14 game home winning streak .

• Malik Hairston and Tajuan Porter had very forgettable homecomings in their return to Detroit as Oregon got upset by Oakland, who last seen nationally losing the 2005 play-in game.

• Gavin Grant, who hit the game winning foul shots against Villanova this year once again had the game winning foul shots this time against Davidson with only four seconds left. Davidson has now lost to Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State by a combined 11 points.

• I recommend reading an interview with Pitt’s Sam Young who talks about how Jamie Dixon thinks he plays too much pickup basketball, how some people think he could be a world class gymnast, his piano skills and his basketball card collection.

• The LA Times got hold of a a couple NBA scouts to discuss OJ Mayo’s draft status. What was the most interesting was one scout stating that Mayo is “maniacal about wanting to get better.”

• In a battle of unlikely unbeatens Ole Miss beat Clemson despite shooting 27 percent in the second half .

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