Here are the guys who not only stood out while watching the Tip-Off Marathon, but also led their teams to victory.
First Team All Eye Test Tip-Off All Stars
G Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
G Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
G Charles Cooke, Dayton
F James White, Georgia Tech
F Patricio Garino, George Washington
Second Team All Eye Test Tip-Off All Stars
G Paul Jorgenson, George Washington
G George King, Colorado
G Jeremy Morgan, Northern Iowa
F Nick Faust, Long Beach State
F Jordan Loveridge, Utah
First Team Notes:
Tyler Ulis played near-mistake free basketball. Denzel Valentine was quiet in the first half but chipped away at a triple double and willed his team to a win over Kansas Tuesday night.
Charles Cooke scored a third of his team’s points as Dayton led 57-31 at one point against Alabama. Cooke, a James Madison transfer, shot 66% from the field. That included two threes and a dunk in transition to put a punctuation early on what amounted to an 80-46 win.
James White led Georgia Tech with 17 points in the first half to help the Yellow Jackets set the tone and fend off Rick Barne’s Tennessee Vols.
Patricio Garino looked like Tony Kukoc against Virginia. His length on defense bothered Cavalier wings and he finished with a 14 point second half for the upset of the marathon.
Second Team Notes:
Paul Jorgensen was another star of a huge team win for George Washington. We all know about Josh Scott for Colorado, but George King dropped 32 on Auburn to get a quality road victory. His contribution could greatly help in the scoring void left by Xavier Johnson’s season-ending injury. Jeremy Morgan was known last year as a defensive stopper for Northern Iowa, but on Tuesday he showcased his offensive moves early. Morgan scored seven in the opening moments as Stephen F. Austin was made to look pedestrian for a second consecutive game. Nick Faust, the Maryland transfer, did it all for Long Beach State in its win against BYU. He scored 10, grabbed 8 rebounds, had an assist and dove on the floor late for an important loose ball and a resume building victory. Jordan Loveridge missed this holiday stretch portion of the college basketball season. Monday night, he benefited from a fluid balance to the Utes offense and scored 21 on 55% shooting for a home court win against San Diego State.