Apparently, the Utes have a thing about drinking the SEC-W's milkshake. LSU's basketball team trudged up to Salt Lake for the honor of suffering a 30 point beatdown by Utah. It was a fugly, fugly game. At first, I was disappointed it wasn't televised anywhere. Now, I'm thankful. It was bad enough on radio.
Let's do this one the shit sandwich way. The bad, sandwiched between any good I can possibly find in this mess of a basketball game.
Uhhh....wait. It'll come to me. Oh, LSU had a relatively low number of turnovers (11) and 7 steals. Seriously, Trent Johnson puts a disciplined, hard working basketball team on the court every game. And that's a good thing. Eventually, that's going to pay huge dividends in close SEC game. Marcus Thornton continues to impress - he's all over the floor and he never lets up, even when he's got a cold hand. And Taz Mitchell has been playing very good basketball as well.
Basically, the Tigers can't stop a quality big man in the paint. There's no one on the team physical and talented enough to keep a good center or big power forward from owning the lane and getting easy layups and 5 footers. Chris Johnson can block shots. But it's tough to block a layup from another 6-11 center. Johnson, who averages 2.2 blocks per game only managed 1 tonight. Of course, he had a tough assignment. Utah's 7'2" Luke Nevil averages 18 ppg and got 23 points tonight. He was 11 of 13 from the floor. In fact, the Utes as a team shot 63% from the floor. That's lights out. Of course, 50 of their 91 points came from the paint. So it's not like they were having to drain the jump shots.
Uhhh....well, I guess we'll go back to Marcus Thornton, who despite a drought from 3pt land tonight, had a team high 17 points and was 7 for 7 from the free throw line. Oh, and Terry Martin, Bass and Graham got some minutes. So that's something.
Alabama is next. On the road.
I think this will be a good basketball season, but there are going to be some more disappointing losses.