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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Tales from the crib Vol. Fuck the Devils

Jumping straight into it...

  • 18:28 Marcus Williams wets a 3, 7-nil, Cats.
  • 17:32 Everyone's favorite Serbian misses 2 free throws.
  • 16:47 Marcus gets another 3 to put the Cats up 10-2.
  • 16:06 Radenovic' redeem himself and hits a pair from the line.
  • 14:13 On a break-away Marcus spins to the basket. 14-7, Cat. Marucs has 8 of Zona's 14 points.
  • Besides budget issues there is no excuse for ASU to not have their names on the back of their jerseys. This is not a storied basketball program. Right now, four out of the five guys on the court for ASU have lame golden undershirts. Lame.
  • If anyone can find me a picture of any college player from the 90's when frayed shooting sleeves were cool, I will send you a 'Where's P-Mac' prize package.
  • 12:00 Arizona has eight turnovers in the first eight minutes
  • I try to check how many boards Chase Budinger has and this game is hardly acknowledged by CBS and not on ESPN's scoreboard page. Then I realize the Cats are no longer in the top-25. Dammit.
  • 10:13 First miss of the night for the Cat as Jawann throws up an air ball from 15 feet.
  • 8:36 A Budinger 3 puts the Cats back up 10, 22-12.
  • 4:40 Serge Angounou hits another 3, the announcers say he takes the lead for the Devils. No Gary, the Cats are still up 24-20.
  • 2:11 No. 11 hits a 3 for ASU. Tie game 28-28.
  • 1:31 ASU takes the lead 31-30 and holds it until halftime. I could get into this being the whole reason why I don't love college ball like the NBA, but I don't feel like looking up enough stats to enforce everything.
  • Halftime: I couldn't find actual stats to back this up, but I'd assume it looked something like offensive boards: UA: 3 ASU: 92
  • 17:50 Nic Wise forgets that he is Nic Wise and clap for Chase after he gets an open dunk
  • Much respect to Staf for pulling the most 'g' move you can pull in a basketball game* and switching kicks at halftime.
  • * not including anything Nic Wise has ever done
  • 16:10 Christian Polk throws up a deep three and catches the bottom of the backboard. Beautiful
  • Jeff Pendergraph is a sophomore forward on a very, very weak ASU squad, yet Radenovic' is doing his best to make him look like one of the premier big men in the nation.
  • 5:40 Radenovic misses a point-blank put back that could have increased the Cats lead from a pathetic three points, 49-46.
  • 4:55 Chase drills a three from the top of the arc, 52-46, Cats.
  • 4:10 Serge Angounou hits a 3 as the shot clock sounds to bring the Devils within 3, 49-52.
  • 3:39 Marcus Williams lobs the ball to Chase, who goes to the 10th floor (c) Tom Leander, to complete the inbound alley-oop.
  • Cats faithful love giving themselves false-hope for the current season by bringing up all the turmoil of the 1997 championship season, such as the 97 squad losing 4 of their last 7 games. This is along the same kind of bullshit lines as coaches telling high-school freshman, "I'm sorry we have to cut you, but did you know Michael Jordan got cut from his freshman high-school basketball team?" That's great and all, but 99.99999999999999999% of freshmen are not Jordan and the 2006 and 2007 Cats are not the 97 Cats.
  • 1:36 An ASU three makes it a 1-pt game, 58-57.
  • :40 Radenovic who is somehow 88% from the FT line misses the front end of an 1 and 1.
  • 2.2 Derek Glasser gets fouled by Marcus on a 3-point attempt as the Devils are down 4, he makes the first two and accidentally makes the third. Nothing can go right for the Devils this season.
  • 1.2 Chase goes to the line, hits a pair, that's the ballgame.
  • Final 61-58

Nic Wise Moment of the Game: Late in the second half, Chase hits a big three for the Cats, stretching UA's lead back up to over 4. Again no emotion out of Nic. He just sits there, mean muggin' the court. One can only assume it involves Nic thinking knowing he is better than Chase. All I know is that this off-season, Lute and Nic better sit down over a cup of lean and hash things out to a Screw Tape or else Jerryd Bayless better be Jesus fucking Shuttlesworth.
-Anthony Tarnowski contributed to this NWMOTG

Sneaker Watch: Staf 1st half black/red Zoom LeBron IV...Staf 2nd half Air Max Penny I...Nobody else had anything new

Más: I was right last time Aaron Brooks was rocking Jordan B'Loyals...Solid take on this game done in a more professional manner...Did I ever mention I love Oregon...R.I.P. Shaun Livingston.