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Although the Kentucky team ended on the losing side, this was great game. It was great to see both teams competing hard. The Kentucky squad played with the lead for the majority of the game, but after Indiana went to a 2-3 zone with about five minutes left, they let it slip away. Anthony Hickey hit a three with 16 seconds left for the Kentucky squad, which tied the game at 103. Marquis Teague then dribbled down the floor and nailed a pull up jumper over top of Kentucky’s Remy Abell, with 0.9 seconds left. Anthony Hickey heaved a half-court prayer, but didn’t get it off in time.
- Zach Price played just 16 minutes tonight due to foul trouble. He finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. He had a couple of big offensive boards down the stretch, but wasn’t able to get in much of a groove due to the foul trouble. I expect a better performance from Zach tomorrow night in Indy.
- Ryan Taylor is a STUD. I got a chance to see Ryan play a couple of times this season at Western High School, and both times he looked very solid. However, tonight the guy looked like the best player on the floor at times. There is a reason that at one time he was considered one of the top 50 players in the 2011 class. I still say there is not shot he ends up at Louisville in 2011, but I really hope we see him in a cardinal uniform at some point in the future. Taylor finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and three huge blocks. If Louisville doesn’t grab him in 2012, I guarantee another major program will.
- LSU got a steal with Anthony Hickey. The kid is just a flat-out competitor. There was nobody on Indiana’s roster that could stay in front of him, including UK signee Marquis Teague. Early in the second half, Hickey basically broke Teagues ankles with a cross-over from the wing and finished at the rim. Teague responded by throwing an elbow, which earned him a technical. I obviously have a strong hatred for Marquis Teague, but Hickey out-performed him in every way tonight. Hickey finished with team high 19 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals. I wouldn’t give up any of the guys Louisville has signed in 2011, but Hickey would have been a great back-up to Peyton Siva in my opinion.
- IU signee Remy Abell had a rough night from the floor, but I thought he held his own against the tough competition. Remy is very good perimeter defender. He finished with 12 points.
- Michigan State signee Braden Dawson is a monster on the glass. He finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dawson participated at the Derby Classic in April, but didn’t play very well, due to being ill. Tonight he looked as good as advertised. He should play right away for Tom Izzo.
- Butler coach Brad Stevens looks like he got another in-state steal, with 6-7 wing Andrew Smeathers. He finished with a team high 21 points and was 4 of 5 from downtown. Smeathers’s only other offers were from William & Mary, Morehead State, and Northern Colorado.
- Hopefully in the future, game-director Dave Satterly will opt to use college officials. As expected both teams played very physical. Unfortunately that resulted in 56 fouls being called. The game lasted 2 1/2 hours.
- I like to think the out-come would have been a little different had Chane Behanan played for the Kentucky team.
- After winning a Division 2 National Championship, I expected Bellarmine to have the funds to turn the air conditioner on in Knights Hall. I was wrong. I’m not sure if the AC as broken or what, but it was hotter than two rats fornicating in a wool sock in there.