Saturday, March 27, 2004

Ok - everyone breath please

Well, all I can say is that this was a gut-check win - a banding together. A team effort. It wasn't pretty, but it was a beautiful thing. It was bitter and it was sweet. It was nerve-racking yet oh so satisfying. The Jackets take down a pesky Nevada team 72-67. And they did it without leading scorer BJ Elder. Elder went down in the 1st three minutes of the game with a badly twisted ankle. He returned briefly but could not continue.

So how did everyone pick up the slack?

- How about Lewis who scores 23 point on 7-13 (4-9 from 3pt), 5 boards.
- How about Tarver who comes in and gets 6 points (3-4), and 5 boards (4 off)
- How about Moore who grabs 8 boards, including some big ones at the end of the game
- How about Isma'il who also grabbed 8 boards.
- How about Luke who grabs 7 boards and scores 7.

I didn't even mention guys like Jack, Bynum.

Yet the story of the game once again was defense. The WolfPack shot 32% from the floor - WOW!!!!! And the 2nd half was really strong defensively. How's this - Nevada shot 21% in the 2nd half. Man if we could just find some offense we could dominate.

Is it just me or do you feel great about this team? They are playing far from their best on the offensive end, yet the defense is keeping us in games. However, let's get real for a second - we better find a stronger offensive game against Kansas. This is the best team we have faced in the dance so far. We better be ready. BJ - keep the ice coming - we're all rooting for you to get better - we NEED you!!!!

Of, everyone put up you defibrillators until Sunday!! (but make sure to keep them charged).