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The College Basketball Notebook


January 12, 2010 10:44 AM

Big Monday Recap

Villanova and Louisville played a game filled with fouls and turnovers, as each team had 33 and 21 respectively. The difference was that the Wildcats outshot the Cardinals from the floor, a fact no doubt aided by the fact Louisville was chucking threes for the better of the night (7-of-33 behind the arc). It was enough to negate a nice game from Samardo Samuels from the forward spot, and enough to save Villanova, which did not get any kind of balance from their offense. Their three-guard trio is supposed to be among the best in the country, but only Scottie Reynolds got the memo, pouring in 36 points to get his team a key road win. 'Nova is good, but we've yet to see them look like the elite team they were supposed to be, coming off their dark horse Final Four run of a year ago. Louisville has a tough fight ahead, but they look much better than they did in

December.



On the other end of the Big Monday doubleheader, Oklahoma State missed its chance to establish superiority over their in-state rival, losing in overtime to Oklahoma. The win is one of the few bright spots the Sooners have had this year, and it was aided considerably by an awful shooting night from the Cowboys, especially guard Obi Muonelo, who was 1-for-12. Just as was the case in football, OU had Okie State's number the minute the latter looked ready to assert themselves.

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