Quentin Thomas Was Very Good Last Night

I neglected to mention it in my game analysis(shame on me) but Thomas had a very Ed Cota-like game last night.  He played only 11 minutes and had eight assists versus one turnover.  Thomas, who struggled through his freshman and half of his sophomore season with acclimating to the game pace has rounded into a very good backup PG with Bobby Frasor’s injury.  Thomas has tremendous court vision and passing ability and he definitely fits the mold of a PG who focuses on ball handling/passing but does not shoot much.  King Rice, Derrick Phelps, and Ed Cota fell into this category and were the engine to Final Four teams.  The key aspect of Thomas’ play is that is give the Tar Heels offense continuity with Lawson on the bench.  One of the major weaknesses of the 2005 title team was when Raymond Felton went to the bench, the offense struggled with Thomas at the point.  This season with Thomas playing at the level he was recruited to play at, it adds more quality to the vaunted UNC depth.

And let me also take a minute to rip into ESPN’s Mike Patrick for insisting upon trashing Thomas at almost every turn.  Patrick made constant references to his past struggles and even when he was playing well the compliments struck me as backhanded.  It was like he was going out of his way to say negative things about Thomas and even made a remark like “well that is why you do not want him to shoot the ball” after he missed a three.  At one level I do mind it being mentioned and even the Doris Burke commentary on how he felt last season when he was struggling was a nice backstory but Patrick repeatedly made references to the issues he had and did not, in my opinion, give enough deference to the fact he was playing one of the best games of his career.  So, let’s see if Patrick gives Greg Paulus the same grief tonight seeing that his stats(with more mins played mind you) in the assist to turnover area are infinitely worse than Thomas.

Somehow I doubt that will be happening.

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7 Responses to Quentin Thomas Was Very Good Last Night

  1. Andy says:

    Q was sweet indeed. I didn’t hear Mike Patrick’s “commentary” because I was, thankfully, listening on the radio. Jones Angell awarded Q with the (Insert Corporate Sponsor) Player of the Game Award, which I thought was very deserving considering his line.

    Also, notably was the (Insert Corporate Sponsor) Play of the Game award went to Dewey Burke’s 3-pointer that put Carolina over the century mark. This ensured that Triangle area Bojangle’s would be baking an extra tray or two of delicious sausage biscuits to supply the increased demand created by their 100-Point Tar Heel Special. If the roads around you aren’t completely wrecked, I recommend searching out a Bojangles to get 2 sausage biscuits for a dollar. Apparently, Dewey Burke has made the basket to put UNC over 100 points a few times this season and his nickname around campus is “Biscuits.” How cute.

  2. Wayne says:

    I, like Andy, watched the game & listened on radio to Woody, Eric, Jones, et. al. Then I watched the first half on DVR and listened to Mike Patrick & Len Elmore. Maybe I’ll watch the 2nd half with Patrick & Elmore later. But, I digress. I thought many of Patrick’s comments about Q were, for lack of a better term, out of bounds, uncalled for and unprofessional. Especially when you consider that announcers rarely, if ever, criticize coaches. You have a coach with a 9-14 record and the announcers bend over backwards to tell how bright the future is at the particular school which is 9-14. Criticizing coaches seems to be off limits, and as a general rule, criticizing players is as well, but a great kid like Q gets raked over the coals. My personal opinion is that Q is a better basketball player than Patrick is an announcer. So, there!

  3. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I had no problem when they talked about his struggles and how Roy took him aside and worked with him. That is standard fare in college basketball coverage and it makes for a nice story but Patrick was obsessed with point out plays that were “that is what he used to do” or “he should not be taking that shot” It was ludicrous and at the very least I expect Paulus to get the same treatment tonight…but I won’t hold my breath.

  4. hhn111 says:

    Mike Patrick is hooooorrible (to borrow from another horrible TV man–Bill Walton). It was atrocious to hear him on the now defunct ESPN Sunday Night Football. It’s too bad he is assigned to so many ACC games.

  5. Chris says:

    I’m writing after the Duke game last night. Patrick failed to give Paulus the necessary negative treatment. Paulus and Scheyer played like the proverbial “deers in the headlights” guard duo, but Patrick had only compliments for Paulus’s play. I think he was thinking that not making as many turnovers overcame the fact that he barely scored and allowed Singletary and Reynolds make the Duke guard duo look like decent
    players from white suburbia playing in their local rec league.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    One quote I distinctly remember was:

    “Paulus is one heckuva a player”

    Really? Even with a 1.28 assist to turnover ratio? Even though he is the freaking PG and he is not even the leader in assists on the team?

  7. Wayne says:

    Patrick also said Dook has their youngest team since World War II. I sort of think Patrick has his nose so far up Krzyzewski’s xxxx (fill in the blank) that he has lost all sense of realism.

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