Thank You For The Six Overtime Classic
Since about 12:15am Central time, I’ve been thinking of what to say about last night’s (this morning’s) epic Syracuse/UConn refuse-to-lose, six overtime mega basketball game, and that’s about all I can come up with: Thank you. Thank you to both teams for having the courage to keep playing like that. Thank you to Paul Harris for becoming a one-man Moses Malone. Thank you to Johnny Flynn for, even after 67 grueling minutes, being able to explode to the basket just as easily in the sixth overtime as you did in the first half. Thank you to Hasheem Thabeet for being maybe the most intimidating post presence since Dikembe Mutombo. Thank you to A.J. Price for never, ever backing down, and finally (for now), thank you to Eric Devendorf for a holding that fantastic buzzer beater for a split-second too long (lead video).
Had he got the shot off any quicker, the basketball watching world goes to bed at a decent hour.
The stats for this game are incredible to look at, but what else would you expect from a basketball game that lasted 70 minutes — 30 game-time minutes longer than normal? Here are just a couple that stood out to me:
*Total amount of minutes played by both teams: 700
*Both teams combined to shoot 83-209, or 39%
*Combined to shoot 16-58 from behind the arc
*Combined to shoot 64-93 from the free throw line
*Nine players scored in double figures, with three more scoring eight points
If you didn’t see any of the game, ESPN360 has the replay, and if you are at all a fan of college basketball, you owe it yourself to at least watch the overtimes. For their efforts, the Orange get to play West Virginia tonight at 9pm, which will give Jim Boeheim’s team about 20 hours of rest.