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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?
* 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)
* A strong night from Amir Garrett paced the Johnnies over DePaul (Rumble In The Garden)
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.
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...
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.
Shabazz Napier. Buckets. G'night.