N.C. State Roundup
The Bearcats also did an excellent job shutting down NC State sophomore forward T.J. Warren. The top shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference a year ago managed only 13 points after scoring 27 in the Wolfpack’s opener. He scored only five in the second half and was held to 5-of-15 shooting, though he did have 10 rebounds.
The play against Warren was exceptional, but this team covers so much ground when they are in the mood that they can grind any offense into the ground.
"For a long time, since this arena has opened (in 1989) the reason our program is where it is obviously is because of coach (Bob) Huggins, who will someday be in the Hall of Fame here and probably some day in the Naismith Hall of Fame, but also because of a lot of guys from Corie (Blount) to Terry (Nelson) and Herb Jones. People don’t count guys like John Williamson. He was the ultimate warrior. That’s why our program survived. Justin has become one of those guys. So has Titus (Rubles)."
NC State was right there for 30 minutes--for 35, really--and whenever that's the case, it doesn't matter what the expectations were coming in, I'm going to feel disappointed. It stinks that we weren't able to pull this one out, but it's tough to keep pace when you score nine points over the last 11:20.
"Late in the game, crunch time, we’ve got to execute a little bit better, make hard cuts, good passes," Gottfried said. "I thought we looked like a young team that froze at times, and guys weren’t cutting and moving. So we’ve got to learn from that."
In his last 17 quarters, Kay has completed 113-of-142 passes (79.5%) for 1,335 yards and 11 TDs. UC (7-2, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) will take a four-game winning streak to Rutgers (5-3, 2-2) on Saturday at noon.
Its not just the intermediate game where Kay has been accurate. I haven't yet charted the SMU game but through the Memphis game Kay was 17 of 31 (55 percent) for 589 yards, 8 TD's and 2 INT's on throws 21 yards or longer. Beyond 20 yards anything above 40 per cent is great.
"He’s one of our leaders," UC coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He is pretty vocal, and our guys like to watch him. We’ve got so many young receivers, and you want somebody with experience to make the tough catches over the middle and be consistent."
Chris Burrell and Trenier Orr, who had knee surgery eight weeks ago, will be back for Rutgers and will have a chance to play.
It will be nice to have Orr back, even if he is on a snap count. The Bearcats depth limitations out wide were apparent in the SMU game.
The only and I mean the only reason I can think of for why students leave besides drinking is the fact that the American conference offers no marque match ups. In the past games against Pitt and WVU were incredible rivalries. I understand games against Tmeple and SMU don’t garner the same excitement.
Thats not a reason, its an excuse.
Basketball Early Signing Period
Quadri Moore, a 6-9 center from Linden (N.J.) High School is a 4-star recruit who’s ranked No. 100 in his class by Scout.com. He averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots last year as a junior.
Moore is without a doubt the headliner of this class, though Gary Clark has been rising of late.
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