The Morning After Recap: Tuesday, February 21

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Connecticut sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb attempted exactly 21 field goals on Monday. In 38 minutes on the floor he made 11 of them, scoring 32 points. Impressive stuff.

North Florida junior guard Parker Smith attempted exactly 20 field goals on Monday. In 33 minutes on the floor he made 13 of them, scoring 46 points. Slightly more impressive stuff.

So what on Earth was the difference between these two outstanding performances? Smith hit 11 threes. Oh. There's that.

Of the 20 shots Smith took last night, 17 of them were from behind the three-point line. When you toss in his 9-for-9 tally from the charity stripe, Smith's performance, the second-highest scoring output of 2011-12, might just be the best one-man show we've seen this season. What say you?

The Local Guys

* Texas leading-scorer J'Covan Brown: "I feel like every night I keep letting these guys down. I'm trying, but right now I can't figure it out." (Houston Chronicle)

* Belmont is one win away from wrapping up the Atlantic Sun Tournament's No. 1 seed (Spartanburg Herald Journal)

* Parker 'Mr. 46' Smith on his career night: "If I got any kind of breathing room, I was putting it up. It felt like I was throwing it into the ocean tonight." (Florida Times-Union)

The Blogosphere

* Scott Drew's Bears opened slow, then stole one in Austin (Our Daily Bears)

* A strong night from Amir Garrett paced the Johnnies over DePaul (Rumble In The Garden)

* Chris Dobbertean's latest bracket has Michigan State & Missouri as No. 1 seeds (SB Nation Bracketology)

Who Won It Best

Baylor - Adversity. It appears this Baylor team finally managed to overcome some of it. Down ten at the half and on the verge of turning in yet another listless performance, the Bears jumped on the back of forward Quincy Acy (22 points & 16 rebounds) and proceeded to sweep the rug out from an unsuspecting Texas team in the second half. Now at 10-5 in the Big 12 and 23-5 overall, there are still many differing viewpoints on what exactly we can expect from this team going forward, but this was an important win regardless.

Who Lost it Worst

Villanova - With roughly eight minutes until halftime, 'Nova led UConn 26 to 8. It was brutal. Of course, when the two teams eventually went into their respective locker rooms, the scoreboard read 30-30. Crazy as it was, the Wildcats' 18-point collapse wasn't even the biggest eyesore of the night for this program. That distinction came much later in the evening, in overtime, as Huskies' guard Shabazz Napier pulled up from about a mile away and buried a game-winning shot with one tick on the clock (video below). Jay Wright's miserable season presses on...

MVP

Parker Smith-North Florida - FORTY SIX POINTS. A cool nugget from the Florida-Times Union's recap brought to light how North Florida usually throws t-shirts to fans whenever the Ospreys hit a three-pointer. But because of Smith's 11 triples, the team actually ran out of giveaways for the first time ever. Let's hope the fans weren't too upset by the trade-off.

By The Numbers

1.466 - Points per minute scored by Parker Smith over the final 30 minutes (44 points) in North Florida's win over a heavily-favored Mercer team.

This Really Happened

Shabazz Napier. Buckets. G'night.


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