Arrive Laguardia late the day before the game, retrieve the conference trophy, return to the hotel, eat dinner, sleep, eat breakfast, play basketball at noon. No distractions (where is DC anyway?) this time around, the focus where it needs to be this trip.
Along the way, find an inside game. Earl Clark playing closer to the basket, finding Samardo Samuels, getting the favor returned, dominating inside. Important getting these two off to a good start in tournament play, taking some pressure off Terrence Williams in big games, each one bigger than the last.
- If this same Earl Clark keeps showing up, good things will continue to happen. Don’t wait to go to pro ranks before tapping a bit of that exalted potential.
- Samardo, by the way, is looking more and more like he did in pre-season exhibition games, except that this time it’s for real. Never changes expressions, expects to get the job done even when he doesn’t. That makes him a gamer.
- Terrence Williams, all but taking the day off shooting and rebounding, getting a mediocre game out of his system. Six points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, yeah, that’s a mediocre day for the T-Will.
- Andre McGee was literally running circles around the Providence guards at times, literally running figure eights on a couple of occasions. Anyone else want to see McGee take more shots?
- Preston Knowles is the prototype of the guard you expect to see on a team going deep in the NCAA Tournament. Needs to find his league-leading three-point shooting percentage quickly.
Back to the hotel, guys. No distractions.