Columbus: Conventional Foolishness

By - March 16, 2007

The Cavs have staked a 45-25 halftime lead over Albany.

The Danes were a trendy upset pick this year for a number of reasons. First, they returned a number of players -- including America East player of the year Jamar Wilson -- from a conference championship team that pushed top-seeded UConn to the limit in the first round of last year's NCAAs. This year, Will Brown's charges overcame a lackluster start to rally for second place in the league before winning the conference tourney title game over Vermont in Patrick Gymnasium -- a place the Danes had never won a game before.

Then Albany drew Virginia, a team with a roster full of players who had never played in the NCAA Tournament -- and without the dominant post players that tend to give one-bid conference teams trouble in early-round games.

But those who picked the Great Danes (like me) using all that conventional wisdom didn't count on J.R. Reynolds being absolutely unconscious from the field during the first half. The 6-foot-3, 188-pound combo guard has poured in 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting at the break including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. (Virginia's 23-12 edge on the boards doesn't exactly hurt, either.)

Posted by at 01:23 PM on March 16, 2007

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