Quote by ACC-Big Ten, Duke & Wisconsin on a roll
Florida State – Minnesota 75-67
- Florida State was always a tall team (second in the nation in average height): the shortest starting player is 6-4 Xavier Rathan-Mayes, while guard Dwayne Bacon is at 6-6. Coach Leonard Hamilton relies on a long rotation (only Bacon is averaging over 27 minutes, nobody else is over 25 minutes per game), to keep his players fresh and keep pressuring the opponent.
- Freshman Amir Coffey did not play much (and when he did, he played poorly), but coach Pitino seems to have a solid team and the transfers are doing very well, especially Akeem Springs.
- Freshman Jonathan Isaac is impressive and still very far from his ceiling. He seems to be always relaxed and under control, never forces the shot and, points and rebounds notwithstanding (14 and 13), his ability to read the passing lanes is striking. So far, he played like a lottery pick.
Northwestern – Wake Forest 65-58
- Power Forward John Collins was impressive in the loss for Wake Forest. Despite being fatigued in the second half, he finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds and showed his skills in the post.
- It was a balanced game, until PG Bryant McIntosh decided to break Brandon Childress‘ ankles. From that moment on, the Northwestern junior never stopped and finished with 23 points.
Pittsburgh – Maryland 73-59
- Jamel Artis and Michael Young are the kind of duo no team will ever want to play, not even the top ranked team. Artis is a 6-6 guard who can rebound and go coast-to-coast for a dunk (and a smile for the poster, if there’s anyone on his way). Young is a 6-7 forward who can play away from the basket when guarded by bigger players and can get smaller defender in the post. They combine for 64% of the team’s total points.
- Center Damonte Dodd finished with more fouls (5) than points (2). Much better (admittedly an easy task) Michal Cekovsky.
- Melo Trimble tried but couldn’t do anything. Anthony Cowan, the freshman who will likely be heir to Trimble, was even worse. The other freshman, 6-6 wing Kevin Huerter, went 2-of-9 from three. Bottom line, Pitt’s zone was getting a stop every single time, and Maryland’s offense was stuck to 27% from he perimeter.