Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Revenge is served

Villanova clobbers Marquette.

Revenge is served


That was pretty impressive, wasn't it?

Marquette made things interesting with a barrage of early three-pointers, but Villanova closed the first half on a 22-8 run and hit 15 of their first 19 shots in the second half en route to a 102-84 blowout of the Golden Eagles at the Pavilion.

While it wasn't a true rivalry game like all the other ones on the various ESPNs this week, the Wildcats had plenty of motivation to bring the house. Marquette dealt 'Nova a tough 79-72 loss in Milwaukee on New Year's Day in the Wildcats' Big East opener, but that sure seems a long time ago now.

Really, a lot of this season seems way in the past. To think that only two weeks ago this morning, Villanova was winless against ranked teams this season, and we were starting to seriously wonder whether the Big 5 would get shut out of the NCAA Tournament.

Fantasy HORSE Invitational Championship
1. Jodie Meeks, Kentucky
6. Dionte Christmas, Temple

But now it's six straight wins for the 'Cats as they head to West Virginia for a 9 p.m. tipoff on Friday... uh, yeah. I doubt the folks in Morgantown will be in a welcoming mood for that one.

Anyway, Corey Fisher gets Line of the Game honors from this one, as you'll see below. But before we call it a night, let us pay due respect to Jodie Meeks once again.

I guess Meeks noticed that he made it to the championship game of the Fantasy HORSE Invitational, because he made one hell of a shot in reality tonight.

With five seconds left in the game and Florida guard Nick Calathes (hello, St. Joe's fans) right in his face, Meeks nailed a three-pointer to give Kentucky a 68-65 lead over the Gators at Rupp Arena.

It was clutch, spectacular, a dagger, etc., you name it. And the Worldwide Leader in Non-Stop Promotion of That Alex Rodgriguez Interview struck it rich once again, having televised Meeks' 54-point night against Tennessee earlier in the season.

You can't really call it an upset given how screwed-up the Southeastern Conference is this season, and because the game was in Lexington. In fact, it might have opened the door for the Wildcats to get into the Field of 65.

Also, can someone please explain to me what Calathes was doing throwing the ball off the backboard as if it was shot out of a harpoon gun on his last free throw? I know he missed the first two and it cost Florida a chance to tie the game, but that was pretty classless.

(It was also a violation because the ball didn't hit the backboard, which was at least a bit of karmic justice.)

Finally, as you know, in addition to writing this blog I contribute to Women's Hoops Guru, the Inquirer's women's basketball blog. It has finally made the switch from our old blogging platform to the current one, and you can find it here.

C. Fisher

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