By the time you read this post you will have seen A.J. Price’s crossover against Jerel McNeal — likely many times.
But it bears repeating: That is a sick, sick move and Price even had time to look down at McNeal’s fallen person before burying the jumper. And keep in mind McNeal is probably the best perimeter defender in the Big East.
I would have thought it would be McNeal, not Dominic James, who’s going to miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his foot suffered in the 93-82 Connecticut win in Milwaukee.
Speaking of that, aside from the one spectacular play, there’s some fallout from this win:
1.) Assuming UConn dispatches Notre Dame in Storrs this weekend, the Huskies will be ranked No. 1 next week, and even without Jerome Dyson they might be the best team in the country.
2.) Don’t let anyone tell you Price is making a case for Big East Player of the Year. He hasn’t done enough consistently. Twelve points per game and 3.5 assists? Eh. Sure, he’s picked it up since Dyson went down, but the award still goes through Pitt’s DeJuan Blair and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody (despite how bad the Irish have been, they’ve won four-of-five and Harangody’s numbers are right there. Hell, he gets 20-15 on an off night).
3.) Marquette’s chances of a deep run in the NCAA tournament are still alright, even with James out for the season. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a very important player and runs that offense in a way that leads people to overlook him. But with Wesley Matthews, McNeal and Lazar Hayward all is not lost.
4.) Jim Calhoun is really, really good. Well, 800 wins pretty much speaks for itself right?