Is he worried his meteoric, out-of-nowhere 2005 will vanish if he hangs around lovely Madison one more year? Deron Williams’ 22 points and 10 assists were huge as Illinois went on to lose in the title game.
With the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament in the books, the make-up of this year’s Sweet Sixteen is set in stone, with all match-ups set to take place March 24 and 25. Here’s a look at some of the standout contests of round two, along with a listing of the 2010 Sweet Sixteen teams and their scheduled match-ups.
But college basketball team’s aren’t afforded that luxury, especially ones that play in the Big East. Villanova (13-3 overall, 1-2 Big East) gets back on the floor at noon today against St. John’s (10-6, 1-3).
Pitino paid compliments to USF last time out, citing that the Bulls didn’t have the manpower to win as of yet, but they should grow very competitive with the progress Heath has made.
On whether he uses the fact that he’s never made all-conference as motivation: “I mean when it comes out, I look at it I’m not going to lie. It definitely is in the back of my head but I don’t let it affect me. I’m just trying to help the team out as much as I can and hopefully all that stuff will come in to play later.
On what he expects from the offense this year: “We have our certain goals on how many points we score to run consistency to pass completion wise, so we set some standards. We met some of them and still though have to work on some situational stuff. I think we’ll improve on some of the third down percentages, stuff like that, staying positive on first down. I think if we win the one-on-one’s, we have a chance. It wasn’t as much mental errors or anything like that, it was this guy was a physical presence and we couldn’t win the one-on-one. So I think if we can hatch that up, we can be good.
Earl Clark, Phoenix (#14) – I know Clark was picked ahead of some of these guys, but he is still an enigma to me. The 6-9 forward is versatile and athletic, but is very inconsistent and disappeared at times during his three seasons at Louisville. When at his best, the Rahway, N.J. product can really do it all, but I don’t trust guys who don’t have high motors all the time. This could be a steal for the Suns at #14, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if he was a big bust. I can’t really say that about any of the people ahead of him on this list.
Sorry, got a little carried away there. My answer is no because I think they should have made him play for the Dolphins for their final three games. That would be the best way to humble Mr. Vick.
On what he expects from his team: “Well I expect them to be confident, I hope that they are confident, but I hope they know what they have to do to prepare. I certainly don’t think they’ll take anything for granted. I think there are some guys who are on this team who have come up through the ranks who have had some tough times as well as some good times and they understand what it takes to be successful. They’ve seen it, they’ve seen other guys do it, they’ve had a good example of it and I think they’re ready to step forward and do it. All I want to see is everybody work to reach their potential.