#14 Oklahoma 82 #21 Davidson 78 The first matchup between two top 25 teams of the season, and it didn’t disappoint. Stephen Curry scored a career high 44 points but it wasn’t enough as Blake Griffin had a monster double-double with 25 points and 21 rebounds while heralded recruit Willie Warren scored a career high 20 points as the Sooners punch their ticket to New York for the Preseason NIT final four. The Sooners physically dominated this game and it wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. The Sooners outrebounded the Wildcats 41-26 and also held the Wildcats to 35% shooting. The two preseason All-Americans, Curry and Griffin, showed that they are worthy of the hype. Curry showed he was the best guard in America and Griffin showed he is the best big man in America, yes better than Tyler Hansbrough.
UAB 72 Arizona 71 Wild finish out in the desert. Arizona freshman Kyle Fogg scored the game tying basket with 25 seconds remaining but then as UAB inbounded the ball, Fogg did the unthinkable and went and fouled UAB’s Aaron Johnson. Fogg thought that the Wildcats were down so his foul sent Johnson to the line who had a chance to give the Blazers the lead. Johnson missed the front end of the one and one and Arizona still had life. After a flurry of missed shots, UAB’s Paul Delaney got the rebound and launched a 60 footer for the win; however, as he was dribbling to take the shot Arizona’s Jamelle Horne fouled him on purpose with .8 seconds left, again thinking for some reason that they were down. Well Delaney stepped to the line and hit one and sent the Blazers to New York. With Lute Olsen stepping down prior to this season, we all thought things might be rough in Tucson, but that was more boneheaded that Chris Webber’s timeout.
#1 North Carolina 77 Kentucky 58 North Carolina kicked off their season with their All-American on the bench with an injury, but it didn’t matter against an over matched Kentucky squad. Deon Thompson scored a career high 20 points, Wayne Ellington added 16 and Ty Lawson scored 11 and dished out 9 assists as the Tar Heels dominated the Wildcats. The Tar Heels had 16 steals and forced 25 Kentucky turnovers. One bit of bad news for the number one team in the land is that 7’ freshman Tyler Zeller suffered a wrist injury late in the game and according to Roy Williams, “It doesn’t look good.” Kentucky falls to 0-2 for the first time since 2001-02 and has now lost four straight games dating back to last season.
- Stephen Curry (Davidson): 44 points (12-29 shooting & 6-15 from three), 3 rebounds, and 3 assists
- Blake Griffin (Oklahoma): 25 points, 21 rebounds, and 3 assists
- Tyrese Rice (Boston College): 28 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals
Video's of the Night
We go back to Norman for this mix of all of the huge throw downs that Blake Griffin had in the win over Davidson.
Here is the video of the final 30 seconds of the Arizona vs UAB game. Simply stupid play on Arizona's part.
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