Idaho coasts to 86-39 win over lower-division Walla Walla

Connor Hill hits 5 of 7 from long range as Idaho eases to an 86-39 win over Walla Walla

      
 

 

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Duke’s Jahlil Okafor Shows off Passing and Post Moves in Win over UConn

Jahlil Okafor didn’t destroy UConn Thursday night. He picked them apart.

Duke’s lottery-bound freshman had a night that would bring a single joyous tear to Phil Jackson’s eye, dropping 12 points and snagging eight rebounds in a 66-56 win over the Huskies at the IZOD Center.

It was Okafor’s second-lowest scoring night of the season, but a review of the stat sheet doesn’t explain the carnage the freshman inflicted on Connecticut’s overmatched defense. 

Let’s start with the highlight-reel smut that was his baseline turn-and-burn on UConn’s Phillip Nolan. SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell uploaded a Vine of the move. Okafor grabbed an entry pass, saw the one-on-one matchup and took profane advantage of Nolan.

A less sexy but equally devastating part of Okafor’s arsenal continues to be his court vision. The 6’11” freshman routinely dropped balls into mismatches in the post against UConn, but his crowning moment came on a dish to Quinn Cook on the wing in the second half.

Okafor drove the lane and side-armed a Madison Bumgarner fastball into Cook’s waiting hands. 

Crabdribbles.com founder Scott Rafferty posted a Vine of the play.

Kyrie Irving, sitting courtside, gave the sequence a standing ovation.

This is how Okafor beats you—post play and awareness. He’s not a planet-devouring clean-up monster, a la Montrezl Harrell, but he hurts you by inciting double-teams and finding the open man. 

Thus, we have the Okafor Catch-22. Double-teams leave open shooters, one-on-one situations end with scorched earth in the paint. Pick your poison, college basketball. Okafor will be gone in a few months, but until then, he is your problem.

 

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Davis scores 30, leads New Orleans over Houston (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER18: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans waits on the court during their game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on December18, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis knew he’d have to be aggressive with Tyreke Evans out with an injury to give New Orleans a chance against the Houston Rockets.


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Jones scores 21 to lead No. 2 Duke over UConn

Freshmen led the way as the Blue Devils remained undefeated.

      
 

 

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Tyus Jones scores 21 to lead No. 2 Duke over UConn

Freshmen led the way as the Blue Devils remained undefeated.

      
 

 

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Jones scores 21 to lead No. 2 Duke over UConn (Yahoo Sports)

Duke guard Tyus Jones (5) drives against Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Duke won 66-56. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two possessions into the second half, Mike Krzyzewski had seen more than enough from his young and talented Duke team and let them know it in forceful terms that any young man would understand.


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Kings’ Rudy Gay Throws Down 2-Handed Poster Dunk over Thunder’s Serge Ibaka

The Sacramento Kings may have trailed against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder after the first half on Tuesday, 61-54, but Rudy Gay was at least able to get the home crowd fired up.

Just before the end of the second quarter, Gay drove to the basket and threw down a poster dunk over Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, drawing a foul in the process.

Here’s another angle of the play:

Gay hit the ensuing free throw, and his 11 points tied for the team lead at the half with backup guard Ramon Sessions.

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Carter leads No. 11 Wichita St over Alabama 53-52 (Yahoo Sports)

Wichita State's Darius Carter, left, Evan Wessel (3) and Ron Baker (31) try to block the shot of Alabama's Shannon Hale during the first half of the NCAA college basketball game in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Darius Carter dunked with 11.9 seconds left, capping No. 11 Wichita State’s rally from an 11-point deficit in the final six minutes to edge Alabama 53-52 Tuesday night.


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Anthony Davis Returns, Pelicans Soar Over Jazz

Anthony Davis returned to starting lineup as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Davis is back after missing a game with a chest injury that he suffered Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Davis had a great welcome back to the court tonight as he put up 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks on 12 of 15 shooting. Davis’ Pelicans defeated the Utah Jazz 119-111 to improve to 12-12. New Orleans currently holds the 8th seed in the Western conference playoff race.
The Utah Jazz fall to 6-19, the 2nd worst record in the West.
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Wall’s 21 points, 17 assists lead Wizards over Timberwolves (Yahoo Sports)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards gestures while talking with teammates during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Verizon Center on December 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored 21 points and equaled a career high with 17 assists and Rasual Butler had 23 points as the Washington Wizards won their fifth game in a row, 109-95 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.


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