Friday, April 6, 2012

D-Slice vs the U-Zone Layer

For those of you who don't follow basketball, tonight's Raptors-Cavs game will feature two all-star starting point guards on 10-day contracts from the state of Texas:

Ben Uzoh (6-3, 205, b. 1988, University of Tulsa), the San Antonio ’06 High School Player of the Year, Texas Super Team Selection, All-State, All-City, 27-5A District MVP.

Donald Sloan (6-3, 205, b. 1988, Texas A&M), Texas Super Team Selection, 2X All-State, 9-5A District First Team.

These two heavyweights previously went head to head as college juniors at the South Padre Invitational (box score). The real star of that game was Tulsa's defense.

Sloan (who would lead the Aggies in scoring his the following year at 17.8 ppg and earn a first team All-Big 12 Conference selection) was the Aggies leading scorer but only scored 10 points. He only hit 2 of his 7 shots and his biggest contribution was getting to the line 8 times. He was a no-show on the rest of the stat sheet.

Uzoh also led his team in scoring, wasn't much better from the field (5 of 13), and lost the ball 6 times, but he murdered other parts of the box score, grabbing 9 rebounds and dishing 7 assists. Tulsa ran away with the victory, 67-56.

So who will be a winner tonight? The odds favor anyone who doesn't watch the game. The more important question is: With $4.2 billion dollars in revenue to spread around, why can't the NBA figure out how to make sure terrible basketball isn't being played?

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