The Battle 4 Atlantis didn’t end the way that I would have hoped, yet there were some really entertaining games in the last three days. James Bell of Villanova was named the tournament MVP with 47 points and 17 rebounds in his three games. Bell led Villanova to a 88-83 OT win over Iowa for the Battle 4 Atlantis title.
Here is a look at what we learned over the last three days.
Came in 5-0, but dropped all three games. When team leader Semaj Christon went down the first game with leg cramps, so did Xavier’s offense. The Musketeers need someone else to step up, or conference play is going to be ugly.
The Trojans went 1-2 in Atlantis with big losses to Villanova and Wake Forest. They capped off their 7th place win squeaking by Xavier. USC gets a week off to regroup before their next game.
Like USC, they came out of the Bahamas only winning one (against USC), but stayed in the game on day 1 with the top seed Kansas. Leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre, 17.6 ppg is going to put this team in the middle of the pack, if not higher, in the deep ACC.
They started off with a loss to UTEP, but ended up winning their last two and on a high note. The 19 point win over Wake Forest gave the Vols fifth-place in the tournament and som confidence in two more upcoming games against the ACC.
Tim Floyd’s team saw a little success in beating Tennessee on opening night; however, lost by 36 to Iowa the next night. The Miners hung in the game against KU, but it wasn’t enough to get third.
Jayhawk fans and Bill Self were disappointed in their play even though they won two games. KU placed third, but didn’t have consistent play from freshman sensation, Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins, was held to six points against UTEP and ten against Villanova. Both games, below his 14 point average. Perry Ellis stepped up with 19 points in last night’s game.
I can’t say I’m not disappointed. But, this team has come a long way in a year and Fran McCaffery has made basketball exciting again. Iowa’s first loss of the season was by a very well coached, experienced Wildcat team. The depth of this team is what is so dangerous. Roy Devyn Marble and Zach McCabe earned all conference team.
The surprise of the tournament was Villanova, who is now 7-0 with big wins over (2) Kansas and (23) Iowa. When the polls come out, this team will be ranked for the first time since late February of 2011. Villanova showed the are better than expected, but have they peaked too soon? It will be an exciting Big East race that’s for sure.
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