If you missed college basketball last night then you missed some extraordinary performances from the games brightest stars. The best-of-best were in action on Tuesday and for the most part they didn’t disappoint. Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Kansas and a few other power house programs were on the floor and their stars were shining as bright as can be.
Jabari Parker- Parker played another great all-around game in an 83-74 victory over East Carolina on Tuesday. Although he struggled a bit with his shot, hitting only 8-for-18 from the floor and 4-for-7 from the free throw line, Parker did everything else at a very high level. Parker finished the night with 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists and six blocks.
Rodney Hood- Hood was unbelievable on the offensive end for the Blue Devils on Tuesday night. He only attempted ten shots from the floor and ended the game with 30 points. Hood was 8-for-10 from the field and made both of his three-point attempts and all 12 free throws. Add in five rebounds and a block, and you can see why the Duke faithful couldn’t wait for him to become eligible.
Marcus Smart- Smart had by far his best game of the year in the Cowboys toughest test to date. In the 101-80 Oklahoma State victory over Memphis, Smart finally displayed his full potential. Smart was able to do just about whatever he wanted against the Tigers on his way to 39 points. He also put on a shooting display which isn’t normally a strong suit. Smart shot 11-for-21 from the field and 5-for-10 from three-point range while make 12-of-16 free throws. Smart also contributed in other ways as well. He finished the game with four rebounds, four assists, five steals and even two blocks.
Andrew Wiggins- Wiggins had a slow night as the Jayhawks were able to overcome a solid Iona squad 86-66. Wiggins only attempted nine shots on his way to 13 points in 30 minutes of play. He also added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Wayne Selden- Selden only played 24 minutes against Iona and only got off six shots in the Kansas win. He did shoot 50 percent on the night to finish with seven points. Selden had a nice game distributing the ball and ended with five assists.
Joel Embiid- Embiid had his best game of the season and was a big reason why the Jayhawks played well. Stilling coming off the bench, Embiid made all seven of his field goal attempts on his way to a season high 16 points. He was also a monster on the glass, grabbing 13 boards.
Julius Randle- Randle was a beast against as the Wildcats rolled over Texas-Arlington 105-76. He finished the night with 22 points, ten rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
Randle reminds me a lot of Zach Randolph with how he plays the game. His moves around the basket and his foot work especially.
James Young- Young had one of his better games so far this year as he led Kentucky with 26 points. He was locked in with his jumper making 8-of-14 shots, including 5-of-10 from distance. Young also tallied two rebounds, three assists and two steals on a night where the Wildcats ran away from the Mavericks.
Andrew Harrison- Harrison played well on Tuesday night ending the game with season highs in points and assists. Although he only attempted seven shots, Harrison did go to the line eight times on his way to 15 points. He also registered six assists and three rebounds.
Aaron Harrison- after a fantastic performance against Robert Morris, Harrison had a difficult night against the Mavericks. He shot just 2-for-11 from the field including 0-for-5 from three on his way to five points. He didn’t do much else on the night only grabbing two rebounds and dishing out two assists.
Aaron Gordon- Gordon played 29 minutes on Tuesday as the Wildcats beat up on Rhode Island 87-59 at home. Gordon was 5-for-12 from the field and ended the night with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks.