"Steam roll" starts - 14-0 vs. Indiana, 10-0 vs. Appy St., and 15-0 tonight against TSU. I'll venture to say we will beat anybody starting that way. It's a vast difference to last year when we always seemed to battle out of a hole at the beginning.
Strong 2nd half - The Cats actually increased there halftime lead which they haven't done the last two games. It was nice to see them keep there foot on the gas and build the lead from 35 to 51 before falling back to 44 after the bench was emptied
Feeding the big man - Thanks to great ball reversal, and the hot 1st half shooting of Jodie Meeks, the Cats were able to finally feed Patterson down in the post and he responded by scoring 23 of his 33 points in the 2nd half.
Free throw success - The Cats missed 1 free throw (Stewart), finishing 12-13 for 92.3%. This is could be huge down the stretch for the Cats. They maybe one of the best free throw shooting teams I've ever seen. Kinda funny that Tubby's teams struggled with this and he repeatedly said they practiced them. Gillispie on the other hand says it is all mental and something they should do on there own time.
Assists/Turnover ratio - Another big night in the assist department for the Cats. They finish with 30 assists and 16 turnovers.
Jodie Meeks/Patrick Patterson - Two guys with 30+ points is amazing... last done by the Cats on Dec 10, 1975 (Givens and Robey if you are keeping score) . Meek's success in the 1st half enabled Pat to explode in the 2nd half. Meeks raises his average up over 26 points a game continuing to creep toward the top 5 scorers in the nation.
A.J. Stewart - His athleticism again shines as he makes a big block which leads to a thunderous Patterson dunk and then he has a steal and huge dunk of his own. I love seeing him develop into a great bench player.
Perry Stevenson - Struggles finishing again as he misses 3 gimmes within the first 5 minutes of the game. Then gets pushed around by #42 of TSU for rebounds, and then completes the trifecta by bringing back the hands of stone and dropping passes. He did run the floor well tonight, but has to work on the other mistakes which a more mostly mental.
Jared Carter - Still looks as lost and uncoordinated as ever. I feel bad for him being the only senior and being relegated to playing with the walk-ons but, they honestly look more comfortable out there.