Thursday, March 17, 2011

Florida Kills, Kentucky Survives, Vandy Dies

Vernon Macklin, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus celebrate the Gators victory over UC Santa Barbara Thursday in Tampa, FL

The SEC went 2-1 in the opening day of the 2011 Tournament.  2 Florida dominated from the start opening up with a 10-1 lead and never looked back.  Senior Chanlder Parsons nearly earned a triple double as the Gators blew out 15 UC Santa Barbara 79-51 Thursday evening at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL.  Erving Walker led all scores with 18 and Alex Tyus grabbed 7 rebounds.  The Gators moves on to play the winner between 10 Michigan State and 7 UCLA, which is currently airing right now on TBS, home of Conan O'Brien of course.

4 Kentucky just barely held over 13 Princeton as it came down to the wire.  Brandon Knight missed his first seven shots and even found himself on the bench in the final minute against Princeton, but the big bro made up for it when it counted.  Knight's last minute winning shot was the biggest contribution Kentucky (26-8) got from its trio of talented freshmen all day. Terrence Jones finished with 10 points, Doron Lamb added seven and Knight failed to reach double figures for the first time in 29 games.  Close call Wildcats, close call.

Vandy, Vandy, Vandy.  5 Vanderbilt dropped to 12 Richmond Thursday afternoon and earned yet another early exit from the Tournament.  That's all I need to say.