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SETH DAVIS'S HOOP THOUGHTS
SETH DAVIS
March 28, 2005
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March 28, 2005

Seth Davis's Hoop Thoughts

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GERRY MCNAMARA, G, Syracuse: The Orange was used to McNamara's rescuing it, but he shot 4 for 18 (1 for 7 from three-point range) in a loss to Vermont. McNamara also made the game's costliest turnover when he dribbled the ball off his foot with Syracuse down by two in the closing seconds of overtime.

AARON MILES, G, Kansas: He had four points (0 for 5 shooting) in the loss to Bucknell, the second time this season the senior (9.3 points per game) failed to make a field goal.

DEREK RAIVIO, G, Gonzaga (above): After averaging 13.0 points with four 20-plus outings, he scored five on 2 of 7 shooting and did not make it to the line in a loss to Texas Tech.

ANTHONY ROBERSON, G, and MATT WALSH, G-F, Florida. Gators' sharpshooting duo fired mostly blanks, making a combined 11 of 49 shots (6 of 27 on threes) in Florida's two games. Roberson was especially frosty from beyond the arc, shooting just 1 for 12.

FIRST GRADES

Even freshmen who have had stellar seasons tend to tighten up in the crucible of the NCAA tournament. Here's how four first-year point guards graded out:

RAJON RONDO, Kentucky (left): A. In wins over Eastern Kentucky and Cincinnati, he was his usual disruptive self on defense (seven total steals) and had 28 points, 11 assists and seven turnovers.

RONALD STEELE, Alabama: C. Though his offense in a loss to Wisconsin- Milwaukee (16 points, eight assists, three turnovers) was satisfactory, he was overmatched on defense by the Panthers' speed.

JORDAN FARMAR, UCLA: F. He was cold from the outside (1 for 9), made only one trip to the line (missing both free throws) and committed four turnovers (to five assists) in a loss to Texas Tech.

DANIEL GIBSON, Texas: F. The Longhorns' leading scorer (14.2) was strangely tentative until the final minutes of a loss to Nevada, finishing with eight points, zero assists and three turnovers.

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