Very nice first period of action at the JACC tonight. Great movement on offense, with a few nice backdoor cuts thrown in. Defense has looked fantastic so far. Bucknell is just shooting 24% from the field. They have missed on a few open looks, but the Irish defense has certainly played a positive role so far.
Ben Hansbrough has beaten off the stomach flu with 14 points on a perfect half of shooting (4-4 FG, 2-2 3PA, 4-4 FT). Carleton Scott demonstrated a nice touch from beyond the arc. He could be a factor on offense if that becomes a consistent part of his arsenal. Even Joey Brooks got into the game in the first half and made a difference. He forced a Bryan Cohen travel with a really heady trap with two seconds left in the half. He could make a pretty solid impact with that defensive intensity if given just 6-8 minutes a game.