Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jodie Meeks taps into the record books.... twice!

I was just the witness of the best individual performance I've ever seen in college basketball. Jodie Meeks had a record-setting performance tonight putting up ridiculous numbers and in the process breaking records for most points scored by an individual and most triples in a game by a UK player. Meeks put up 54 points on 15 of 22 shooting, 10 of his 15 field goals coming from behind the arc. Meeks broke a record that was previously held by Dan Issel (pictured above) who scored 53 points in the 1970 basketball season. Meeks also broke the record for most triples in a game which was held by Tony Delk who hit nine 3's in one game.

What a performance! It's not like Meeks pulled a Stephen Curry and shot 40 shots to score this many points, he was 68% from the field and 66% from behind the arc, not to mention going 14 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Meeks has now gone for over 30 points in five games this year and is now averaging 26 points per game. His numbers are crazy considering he averaged 9 points per game his first two seasons at UK. Instead of game-planning for Patrick Patterson teams will now be looking to shut down Meeks.

Not taking away from Meeks' performance but Tennessee has allowed six individuals to have their best game of the year against them. Don't you think Bruce Pearl should've face-guarded Meeks in the second half after putting up 26 in the first? Wow!

1 comment:

Brandon said...

It looked like Pearl did change the defense on Meeks in the 2nd half. It looked like they were trying to trap as soon as he caught the ball but Meeks was shooting it from everywhere with or without a man in his face. He could have shot from his seat on the bench and made it last night. He was just on fire. I've never seen a college performance like that.