Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
Oh, how I love March. I have been plastered to the couch all afternoon. I have thrown down some Mountain Dew and Pringles. The baby has been quiet the whole day (she loves hoops already). And, I even squeezed in a nap.
For those of you that missed the action, here are my thoughts on what you missed.
1) Charlotte got lucky. You need to you tube the Charlotte Richmond finish to believe it. Niners went from down 3 to up 5 in the last 5 seconds because of 3 technical fouls on Richmond. Richmond fouled the Niners while up 3, but during the first Free Throw, a technical was called on a Richmond player for a shove while battling for the rebound. I will never understand why it was not just called as a personal foul, but damn it helped Charlotte. Richmond coach Chris Mooney then lost his cool and got 2 technicals himself shortly thereafter. Terrible officiating. Luck for Charlotte. Let’s see if the Niners can take advantage of their 2nd life tomorrow vs A-10 number one seed St. Louis.
2) Brown and Howell were great. Richard Howell went 11-13 from the field for 22 points and 12 rebounds. Zo Brown locked down ACC Player of The Year Erik Green all day. Green finished 5-19 with 15 points. State won big. They will need to be real patient and play some good halfcourt defense to beat UVA on Friday.
3) BC is a team to watch in 2014. The Eagles clearly didn’t know the game started at Noon. They fell behind GT 15-0. But, once Olivier Hanlan woke up, the rout was on. BC ended up winning by 20 thanks to 41 from the ACC Freshman of the Year. Hanlan, Ryan Anderson and the whole crew of Freshman and Sophomores will be a contender in the ACC next year and beyond.