Player of the Weak: Saint Louis Billikens
I’m not sure if this is what Rick Majerus had in mind when he took over for the Billikens, but this is what he got: a team that can only muster SEVEN POINTS in one half of basketball (and only 13 in the other). According to ESPN’s segment (thanks for the embeddable video… jerks), Saint Louis went a whooping 54 minutes between baskets in a 49-20 loss to George Washington.
Understand, this is real time, not game clock time and 20 of those minutes were dedicated to halftime, where the Billikens weren’t on the floor (thankfully). However, that leaves 34 real time minutes of basketball (which equates to about 10-12 minutes on the basketball clock) between made baskets.
And I thought UK’s offense was ineffective…
To their credit, the Billikens almost doubled their first half output by scoring 13 points. Baby steps, folks. Baby steps. Well, that and minor victories.
As for the greatness that is Majerus, he simply said, “We have some issues in terms of our offensive proficiency.” Gee Rick, Do ya think so? Anyway, I prefer to remember Ricky Rick like this–while working as an ESPN analyst, Majerus had some interesting thoughts about Kentucky’s unoffical mascot, Ashley Judd:
“Well, there’s not much to look forward to from here on out, so I’m trying to find Ashley Judd in the crowd. It beats the adult videos at the hotel.”
Update (12:17pm): Great find by Black Heart Gold Pants concerning Saint Louis’ excellence in basketball offensive execution: the 69 combined points from GW and STL was less than eleven of the bowl games we just spent an entire month watching.
Oh yeah, the Billikens’ 20-point outburst set a Division I record for fewest points in a game in the modern era. Kudos are indeed in order. Did Rick Majerus channel the Washington Generals before the game started?