Sunday, December 06, 2009

Notre Dame 90, Central Florida 72

Holy Tim Abromaitis, Batman. The most impressive player of the season turned into a star today with 31 points in an incredibly well-rounded performance. LaPhonso Ellis was right all along about this guy.

Tory Jackson played very well in 27 minutes before leaving the game with an injury. Thankfully, the team continued without him and was able to keep up a strong offensive performance throughout. Jackson scored only 4 points, but had 9 assists with zero turnovers on the day. It's hard to have a better day distributing the ball than that.

Ben Hansbrough scored 11, but was a little careless with the ball. I do like him a lot, but he can be a bit of a bad fit with Tory in the backcourt. Of course, we don't really have any other options in the backcourt, so here's to the two guys getting more comfortable as the year goes on.

Jonathan Peoples- 20 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST- No reason to waste any more blog space on that...

Abro really was fantastic today. Yes he did score 31, but only nine of those points came on three pointers. Unlike a Ryan Ayers or some other marginal player who has a breakout game, Tim showed an ability to score in a wide variety of ways. He was 8-9 from the line and shot 59% from the floor. Throw in 4 rebounds for a nice well-rounded performance. Keep an eye on this guy in the future, he has the potential to be a star.

Luke Harangody was just as good, but we expect that kind of performance from him. 29 points, 7 rebounds. He was perfect from the charity stripe and very efficient from the floor. Missed a pair of three pointers, but still finished with one of his better performances on the year.

Carleton Scott had another very solid game with 6 points and 7 assists. He has really found a role as a statsheet filler and is starting to earn a much larger role in the rotation. Ty Nash was great, too. 7 points, 5 rebounds. Hard to complain about anyone today. Except Jonathan Peoples... but let's not ruin the moment by dwelling on him.

Even our defensive performance was pretty solid today. The stats don't show it, but as a whole our guys showed more intensity on D. We're not going to hang 90 on everyone, so the team has to play well on both ends of the floor.

Very good game against a team that I thought could give us a little trouble. Nice job, guys. Hopefully Michael was impressed.


BlackandGreen said...

Once again, the team made some nice adjustments at halftime and won easily after being in a tight game through the first half. Obviously the competition has been pretty easy, but it is nice to see us face a little adversity and improve with it.

Meghan said...

Did Abro get the start finally? and is Tory's injury going to keep him out of future games?

BlackandGreen said...

Indeed, great to see Abro finally starting, even if it was in place of Nash instead of Peoples.

Tory is most likely out for IUPUI. Loyola Marymount is a question, but unless it is worse than what Coach Brey thought in the post-game, he should return after finals for UCLA.

That would leave us with a probable starting lineup of Peoples, Hansbrough, Abro, Nash, and Gody. It would be nice to see Scott in the starting lineup, but he will get good playing time either way. Hopefully this will also allow a freshman to get serious rotation time as well.

lucid said...

After the game Brey said Tory might be ready for Wednesday, but it'll be day to day - and he'll probably be sore.

Great game by Abro...