Saturday, March 1, 2008

Vandy Schmandy

Let me be the first to say welcome back, Patrick Beverley!

Beverley's last five games prior to Vandy, he scored a collective 24 points (4.8 ppg). So, when he helped carry the Razorbacks in the second half down the stretch ending with 17 points going five of seven from three-point land it was a long overdue return. P.B. hit three three-pointers in the last four and half minutes to help offset the insanity that was Vandy's Shan Foster as the Hogs held on for a huge 78-73 win over #14 Vanderbilt.

Foster is muther. He's one of those guys, who everytime he shoots, you think it's going in, and that was nearly the case Saturday afternoon. Foster was six of eight from three-point land and finished with 22 on eight of twelve shooting as he became Vandy's all-time leading scorer in a losing effort. Vandy will be a tough team come tourney time because they shoot so well and have a good inside game with the big freshman, A.J. Ogilvy who went for 20 and six.

As has been the case most of the season, Weems was great again as he had a team high 20 points and nailed six straight free throws down the stretch to secure the win (including two for a technical assessed to Vandy's Ross Neltner who called time-out with no timeouts left, seven seconds to go, and Arkansas with the ball up 74-73).

Sonny hit two tough threes in the first half - a step-back three with a hand in his face and an off-balance three that had me shaking my head.
Darrian Townes got his first start of the year and he deserved it (Vincent Hunter also got the start). Townes was the only one who looked like he gave a damn at Alabama last week. I loved his effort the first half and most of the game in general as he is easily the Hogs' most skilled big man. He finished with 13 as did Gary Ervin who was solid in one of his better games of the year as he also had seven assists and only one turnover.

Well, the Razorbacks' play was a complete 180 from Wednesday night's disaster at Alabama. The win secures second place in the SEC West for the Razorbacks and a first round SEC Tourney bye. The Hogs move to 19-9 and 8-6 in conference but very much need to win at Ole Miss on Tuesday and then finish up with a home win over Auburn.

Thy NCAA bubble has yet to bursteth.

Sing us out Barry!

Well you came and you left without winning
yes, we sent you away, oh Vandy
though Shan Foster's shooting had my head spinning
Go the hell back to Nashville, oh Vandy

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