Here's a story from ESPN on Kevin Laue, a one-handed basketball player here at Manhattan. Even though they're going through an awful season (3-17), it's still good to see a kid like Kevin get a chance at to play at the highest level of amateur basketball - Division I. Seeing him almost every day and speaking to him from time to time, I can tell he's a great kid with his head on straight who knows that attitude is everything.
UConn has a ballhog problem. And his name is not Kemba Walker. It's Shabazz Napier. #23 Louisville escaped the northeast with a 79-78 win over #5 UConn. Kemba Walker got the final shot - from 35' away. Napier was hoisting up three-pointers like they were going out of style - 5 for 13 on the game. Sure he had 23 points, Jeremy Lamb had 21 (1-9 on threes) and Kemba had 20 (on 7-28 shooting).
The game was lost because of their transition defense (or lack thereof) and the fact that the big shots was taken by Napier, a freshman, and not by Walker, the leader of this team. Regardless of who's hot and who's not, the (arguably) best player in the country should have the shot to win the game from closer that 35'. A tough loss in the Big East will only help the Huskies, but still, heartbreak is heartbreak. They need to regroup when they host #9 Syracuse at home next Wednesday.
Syracuse has a tough road test today with Marquette at 3:00 pm - they're trying to avoid a four game losing streak. They started the season 18-0 before losing to Pittsburgh, Villanova, and Seton Hall. A loss today could drop them to ninth or tenth in the Big East standings. Seeing how the Big East has seven teams in the Top-25, they still aren't out of it, but they could have made their road to March a little easier by simply beating a mediocre-at-best Seton Hall team at the Carrier Dome.
Exciting day of college hoops today. My nap has been cancelled due to the fact that I can't keep my eyes closed with all these good games on. Chocolate milk time. Oh yeaaaaahhhhhhhhh.