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  Friday, January 28, 2005

1/27 Thursday Recap
By Jonathan Watters

Georgia href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> 102, href=/profile//> Wake href=/profile//> Forest href=/profile//> 101
GT href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Jarrett href=/profile//> Jack href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> ast
GT href=/profile//> G href=/profile//> Will href=/profile//> Bynum href=/profile//> 30 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> 3's
GT href=/profile//> WF href=/profile//> Isma'il href=/profile//> Muhammad href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 7-11 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> ast href=/profile//> (4 href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> digits)
WF href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> Eric href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 9-12 href=/profile//> fg's

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> barnburner href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> night, href=/profile//> Georgia href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> (12-5, href=/profile//> 3-3) href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> hang href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> overtime href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> blowing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> huge href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Yellow href=/profile//> Jackets href=/profile//> desperately href=/profile//> needed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> rock href=/profile//> bottom href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Virginia href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> Tech's href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> dynamite href=/profile//> again. href=/profile//> Will href=/profile//> Bynum's href=/profile//> stats href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> pedestrian, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> whenever href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> watch href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> play, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> dominating. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> fully href=/profile//> expect href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> someday. href=/profile//> Wake href=/profile//> Forest href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> legit href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> contender href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> decide href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> happen href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> night. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> terrible href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> (8 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> 2-11 href=/profile//> shooting), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> truly href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> Eric href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> emerging. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games: href=/profile//> 24.7 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> 8.3 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> obscene href=/profile//> 76% href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> fg's. href=/profile//>

Arizona href=/profile//> 91, href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> 82
Wash href=/profile//> WF href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> ast
Ari href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Mustafa href=/profile//> Shakur href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> ast
Ari href=/profile//> G href=/profile//> Salim href=/profile//> Stoudamire href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> points

In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> clash href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> west href=/profile//> coast href=/profile//> titans, href=/profile//> Arizona href=/profile//> (17-3, href=/profile//> 6-1) href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> Washington's href=/profile//> high-powered href=/profile//> run-and-gun href=/profile//> attack href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> win. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Wildcats href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> Mustafa href=/profile//> Shakur href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> involved href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 19 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> invaluable href=/profile//> tonight. href=/profile//> Shakur href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> thus href=/profile//> far, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> slot href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> excited href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> potential. href=/profile//> Salim href=/profile//> Stoudamire href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> single-handedly href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> Arizona href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> alarmingly href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> clip. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> 5th href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> 20-plus href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Huskies href=/profile//> (16-3, href=/profile//> 6-2) href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> early, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> touch href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> half. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> relentlessness href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> glass href=/profile//> (17 href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Arizona's href=/profile//> 5), href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> uncharacteristic href=/profile//> 39% href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> Wing href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Roy href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> healthy, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> fans. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> telling href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Arizona, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> contain href=/profile//> Washington's href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Wildcats href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> did. href=/profile//>


Michigan href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 64, href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> 53
WG href=/profile//> Maurice href=/profile//> Ager href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> reb

Michigan href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> (13-3, href=/profile//> 5-1) href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> guys href=/profile//> step href=/profile//> up, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> tonight href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> Mo href=/profile//> Ager. href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> stretches, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> consistently. href=/profile//> Michigan href=/profile//> (12-8, href=/profile//> 3-3) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> Daniel href=/profile//> Horton, href=/profile//> suspended href=/profile//> earlier href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> week href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> domestic href=/profile//> incident. href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> East href=/profile//> Lansing href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Tuesday.

Memphis href=/profile//> 68, href=/profile//> DePaul href=/profile//> 55 href=/profile//>
DePaul href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Sammy href=/profile//> Mejia, href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> ast
Just href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> DePaul href=/profile//> (12-4, href=/profile//> 4-2) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> emerge, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> grind href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bring href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> earth. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> ready href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> write href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//> (11-9, href=/profile//> 4-2), href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> quality href=/profile//> wins. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Blue href=/profile//> Demons href=/profile//> struggled, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> Quemont href=/profile//> Greer href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 5-19 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> One href=/profile//> bright href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Sammy href=/profile//> Mejia, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> 15+ href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> nearly href=/profile//> impossible href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> out. href=/profile//> While href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> C-USA, href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> something href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> overcome. href=/profile//> Freshman href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Darius href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> emerging, href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> rounder href=/profile//> Rodney href=/profile//> Carney href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> conspicuously href=/profile//> quiet href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> 29 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Tigers' href=/profile//> shellacking href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Marquette href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> weeks href=/profile//> ago. href=/profile//>

Virginia href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> 73, href=/profile//> Virginia href=/profile//> 70
Va href=/profile//> WF href=/profile//> Devin href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 9-12 href=/profile//> fg's

Tech href=/profile//> (11-6, href=/profile//> 4-2)continues href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> miraculous href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ACC href=/profile//> standings, href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> 4th href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> doing href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> balanced href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> defense. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> difference href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> clip. href=/profile//> Virginia href=/profile//> (10-7, href=/profile//> 1-6), href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> draftee href=/profile//> Devin href=/profile//> Smith, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> finished. href=/profile//>

Dayton href=/profile//> 56, href=/profile//> Rhode href=/profile//> Island href=/profile//> 49
The href=/profile//> Flyers href=/profile//> (12-5, href=/profile//> 5-1) href=/profile//> haven't href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> section href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> A-10 href=/profile//> slate href=/profile//> yet, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> plummeting href=/profile//> George href=/profile//> Washington href=/profile//> headed href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> week's href=/profile//> showdown href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Colonials. href=/profile//> Dayton href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> relying href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> standout href=/profile//> 5-man href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> class, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> goes href=/profile//> ten href=/profile//> deep. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> words, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> yet href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Brian href=/profile//> Gregory href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Dayton href=/profile//> program. href=/profile//>

UTEP href=/profile//> 60, href=/profile//> SMU href=/profile//> 55
UTEP href=/profile//> F href=/profile//> Omar href=/profile//> Thomas, href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> reb
UTEP href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Filiberto href=/profile//> Rivera href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> ast

The href=/profile//> Miners href=/profile//> (17-3, href=/profile//> 7-1) href=/profile//> pulled href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> WAC, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> ballot href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Louisiana href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> weekend. href=/profile//> Omar href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> track href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//>

Louisiana href=/profile//> Tech href=/profile//> 93, href=/profile//> Boise href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 60
PF href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Milsap href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> reb

Milsap, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nation href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> rebound href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> freshman, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> putting href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> incredible href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> WAC. href=/profile//> Despite href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 6'8, href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> bet href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Paul href=/profile//> Milsap href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> attention href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> scouts.

 
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