Thabeet A Force In The Middle

With 4:22 left in the first half of a night that demonstrated the truly intimidating potential of defense, Syracuse's Rick Jackson rushed to the basket for a thunderous dunk. Full Story
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Martyuconn95

United States

#1 Feb 12, 2009
Hash is the best defensive player in the league by far,and if we can cut the turnovers in half it could be our season 99-2004-2009 ? we should of won it 2005.Lets go HUSKIES..........
Homer Hobbs

Massena, NY

#2 Feb 12, 2009
Talent? Hardly. Boorish behaviour does not a basketball player make.

Thabeet finished the game with ONE CALLED FOUL. Unbelievable!

1) tackled Rautins out of bounds in the first half. Landed on top of him, with NO attempt at avoiding landing on him.

2) elbowed Devendorph HARD in the face during the foul shot. The force of the blow indicated that this was no accident.

3) rapped his arm across Onuaku's neck and shoulder and ripped him to the floor

4) over the back on Ongenaet at the 3 minute mark. He may be tall, but he still cannot climb over opponents

5) fired the ball off Ongenaet's face at the 1 minute mark. You fire the ball at someone's feet, not their face, especially after looking directly at them. Was shown grinning and clapping afterwards. Calhoun was smart to get him out of the game after that.

He should have had 4 fouls at the 8 minute mark and fouled out at the 3 minute mark.

Talented? hmmm. Thuggish is more like it.
Clueless

Manchester, CT

#3 Feb 12, 2009
Homer Hobbs wrote:
Talent? Hardly. Boorish behaviour does not a basketball player make.
Thabeet finished the game with ONE CALLED FOUL. Unbelievable!
1) tackled Rautins out of bounds in the first half. Landed on top of him, with NO attempt at avoiding landing on him.
2) elbowed Devendorph HARD in the face during the foul shot. The force of the blow indicated that this was no accident.
3) rapped his arm across Onuaku's neck and shoulder and ripped him to the floor
4) over the back on Ongenaet at the 3 minute mark. He may be tall, but he still cannot climb over opponents
5) fired the ball off Ongenaet's face at the 1 minute mark. You fire the ball at someone's feet, not their face, especially after looking directly at them. Was shown grinning and clapping afterwards. Calhoun was smart to get him out of the game after that.
He should have had 4 fouls at the 8 minute mark and fouled out at the 3 minute mark.
Talented? hmmm. Thuggish is more like it.
You're on idiot. Thabeet's elbows are already as high as some people's heads because he's so tall. Of course some people are bound to run into them or get hit when he boxes out. The force just has to do with the weight of his arm. That was completely unintentional, just like the throw to the face. He tackled Rautins out of bounds? That's ridiculous. When a 7'3" guy gets tripped up, he's going to fall hard. Do you think he's an acrobat that can easily keep his enormous frame from falling on him?
PPPP

Roseland, NJ

#4 Feb 12, 2009
Homer Hobbs wrote:
Talent? Hardly. Boorish behaviour does not a basketball player make.
Thabeet finished the game with ONE CALLED FOUL. Unbelievable!
1) tackled Rautins out of bounds in the first half. Landed on top of him, with NO attempt at avoiding landing on him.
2) elbowed Devendorph HARD in the face during the foul shot. The force of the blow indicated that this was no accident.
3) rapped his arm across Onuaku's neck and shoulder and ripped him to the floor
4) over the back on Ongenaet at the 3 minute mark. He may be tall, but he still cannot climb over opponents
5) fired the ball off Ongenaet's face at the 1 minute mark. You fire the ball at someone's feet, not their face, especially after looking directly at them. Was shown grinning and clapping afterwards. Calhoun was smart to get him out of the game after that.
He should have had 4 fouls at the 8 minute mark and fouled out at the 3 minute mark.
Talented? hmmm. Thuggish is more like it.
HAHA this is the funniest post I have ever seen. Thabeet did a great job of not fouling throughout the game. He has gotten really good at this because he realizes he doesnt have to foul. He waits for the opponent to shoot and then he blocks the shot..simple as that.

Thabeet definitely has a colorful personality on the court, but "thuggish"???? are you serious?
Thabeet threw the ball of Ongenaet's face (I was sitting right in front of the play), but we all know Thabeet has bad hands. I dont think he was tryng to injure the guy, though it would have been nice to check if he was ok.

Syracuse was scared of Thabeet. That's why he didnt foul much.
Chris

Westwood, MA

#5 Feb 12, 2009
Homer Hobbs wrote:
Talent? Hardly. Boorish behaviour does not a basketball player make.
Thabeet finished the game with ONE CALLED FOUL. Unbelievable!
1) tackled Rautins out of bounds in the first half. Landed on top of him, with NO attempt at avoiding landing on him.
2) elbowed Devendorph HARD in the face during the foul shot. The force of the blow indicated that this was no accident.
3) rapped his arm across Onuaku's neck and shoulder and ripped him to the floor
4) over the back on Ongenaet at the 3 minute mark. He may be tall, but he still cannot climb over opponents
5) fired the ball off Ongenaet's face at the 1 minute mark. You fire the ball at someone's feet, not their face, especially after looking directly at them. Was shown grinning and clapping afterwards. Calhoun was smart to get him out of the game after that.
He should have had 4 fouls at the 8 minute mark and fouled out at the 3 minute mark.
Talented? hmmm. Thuggish is more like it.
Wow! You should write for hollywood. Thuggish? Were you watching the right game? Nothing worst than a sore loser.
Homer Hobbs

Massena, NY

#6 Feb 12, 2009
Thugbeat appologists:

Game replay: 3:00 Today ESPNU

Watch and learn.

Take of your Husky glasses.
gregg

Granby, CT

#7 Feb 12, 2009
Hasheem has got to be the most improved player in the country, his timiming is perfect. once he learns the proper place to post up underneath he will become an offensive force no player can stop. It may take a few years but he will develope into an NBA star

Since: Jan 09

Connecticut

#8 Feb 12, 2009
Homer Hobbs wrote:
Thugbeat appologists:
Game replay: 3:00 Today ESPNU
Watch and learn.
Take of your Husky glasses.
Whiner
Starks4ThreeYes

Jersey City, NJ

#9 Feb 12, 2009
Hash showed a nastiness last night that we haven't seen before. He's not the gentle giant he once was. Now, he won't only block a shot, but he'll tell everybody about it afterward. And players should not make the mistake of standing between his basket and their own basket after he dunks the ball. Hash will run his straight line back to play defense and he will not budge for anyone. Check this out. Not only will he run into a guy, but now he'll include a forearm shiver.

Yes, Hash threw the ball off Ongeneut's face on purpose. He probably shouldn't have done that. And he definitely shouldn't have laughed and clapped afterward.

But this is a new player. On a night when the whole college basketball world [including pro scouts] was watching, Hash told everyone that he's not just big enough, but he's also nasty enough to play in the NBA.

Sorry, Syracuse. He made an example out of you.

Since: Jan 09

Connecticut

#10 Feb 12, 2009
Starks4ThreeYes wrote:
Hash showed a nastiness last night that we haven't seen before. He's not the gentle giant he once was. Now, he won't only block a shot, but he'll tell everybody about it afterward. And players should not make the mistake of standing between his basket and their own basket after he dunks the ball. Hash will run his straight line back to play defense and he will not budge for anyone. Check this out. Not only will he run into a guy, but now he'll include a forearm shiver.
Yes, Hash threw the ball off Ongeneut's face on purpose. He probably shouldn't have done that. And he definitely shouldn't have laughed and clapped afterward.
But this is a new player. On a night when the whole college basketball world [including pro scouts] was watching, Hash told everyone that he's not just big enough, but he's also nasty enough to play in the NBA.
Sorry, Syracuse. He made an example out of you.
Another whiner, and this one can read minds.
DCHusky

Washington, DC

#11 Feb 12, 2009
I don't see Jim Boeheim complaining about HT's thuggish behavior. Actually, he's sort of complementary. Has anyone heard of JB not taking an opportunity to cry?

Sorry, not buying it. The BE is a rough neighborhood.
freddy kool

Daytona Beach, FL

#12 Feb 12, 2009
GREAT WIN HUSKIES!!!! KEEP DOING IT ALL YEAR. LOVE YA.....
Homer Hobbs

Massena, NY

#13 Feb 12, 2009
late 1st half, Thabeet is NOT tripped: he rides Rautins out of bounds with his hip, then purposely falls on him, with no effort to catch himself, or avoid falling directly on Rautins. The pain is evident on Rautin's face.

15:55 elbow (missed) directed at Devo in transition

12:44 elbow at free throw line: McDonough "With 3 of them (refs) out there, they should have seen THAT"

7:56 Thabeet throws 300# Onuaku to the floor after the play goes upcourt.

7:45 McDonough says "Refs need to step in here" Thabeet jaws continually with Jackson Time out taken.

4:50 Thabeet swats FLYNN to the floor, NOT Flynns shot

4:05 Ogenaet wrestles a rebound from Thabeet. Thabeet yells at him.

2:42, Thabeet clearly climbs over Ogenaet for a rebound and the refs immediately step in, but don't make a call.

2:08 THABEET HAS FIRST FOUL CALLED, when he wrestles Jackson to the floor on a rebound.

1:40 Calhoun calls off the dogs. Tells team not to shoot

0:33 Thabeet looks directly at Ogenaet WHILE THE BALL IS IN HIS HANDS, and fires the ball into AO's face. BUSH, BUSH, BUSH !!!

It's right there to see, if only you will look.
PPPP

Roseland, NJ

#14 Feb 12, 2009
haha as someone who has watched thabeet for 3 years, i know that thabeet is incapable to purposing flinging a bullet pass into someone's face. if he really did it on purpose, i would be amazed, considering his poor hands and inaccurate passing.

however, calhoun has said his passing has been improving lately, so maybe you have a point.

You fail to point out that Boeheim benched devendorf because he lost his mind and was screaming at the fans, the refs, uconn players, and especially his own teammates. i was at the game, it was really funny to watch.
Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Feb 12, 2009
Homer the Domer should take a look at the photo at the top of the courant's story.
I wonder if he'd admit that Onuaku or Jackson (only the arm was in the picture) had his arm locked onto Thabeet's skin, nowhere near the ball. Of course, he'd probably say Thabeet rotated into the open hand of the Syracuse player to make it look as if he was fouled.
That Thabeet is always a prankster.
JMac

Weedsport, NY

#16 Feb 12, 2009
Big UConn fan, and even I was embarassed at Thabeet'sovert thuggery. Jumping ontop of Rautins, the intentional elbow to devendorf's face, and the capper, flinging the ball at a guy's face. Bush league from a guy who should be good enough to not stoop that low.
SUFan

Baldwinsville, NY

#17 Feb 12, 2009
a force my arse!! he scored what.. like not even 10 points. had 2 shots blocked by Kristoff Orangenut, and couldn't make much more than a basket 3 fet away and a few free throws. Hardly a "force". Pleeeeeeease, spare me Calboons arrogant remarks

Since: Jan 09

Connecticut

#18 Feb 12, 2009
Homer Hobbs wrote:
late 1st half, Thabeet is NOT tripped: he rides Rautins out of bounds with his hip, then purposely falls on him, with no effort to catch himself, or avoid falling directly on Rautins. The pain is evident on Rautin's face.
15:55 elbow (missed) directed at Devo in transition
12:44 elbow at free throw line: McDonough "With 3 of them (refs) out there, they should have seen THAT"
7:56 Thabeet throws 300# Onuaku to the floor after the play goes upcourt.
7:45 McDonough says "Refs need to step in here" Thabeet jaws continually with Jackson Time out taken.
4:50 Thabeet swats FLYNN to the floor, NOT Flynns shot
4:05 Ogenaet wrestles a rebound from Thabeet. Thabeet yells at him.
2:42, Thabeet clearly climbs over Ogenaet for a rebound and the refs immediately step in, but don't make a call.
2:08 THABEET HAS FIRST FOUL CALLED, when he wrestles Jackson to the floor on a rebound.
1:40 Calhoun calls off the dogs. Tells team not to shoot
0:33 Thabeet looks directly at Ogenaet WHILE THE BALL IS IN HIS HANDS, and fires the ball into AO's face. BUSH, BUSH, BUSH !!!
It's right there to see, if only you will look.
Whine Whine Whine

Oh, wait. I got it. The refs were ignoring all that and giving Thabeet superstar treatment.

You're pathetic.

Since: Jan 09

Connecticut

#19 Feb 12, 2009
JMac wrote:
Big UConn fan, and even I was embarassed at Thabeet'sovert thuggery. Jumping ontop of Rautins, the intentional elbow to devendorf's face, and the capper, flinging the ball at a guy's face. Bush league from a guy who should be good enough to not stoop that low.
Oh, right. "big UCONN fan" with a Syracuse ISP.

No, what you are is another whining poor loser.

Since: Jan 09

Connecticut

#20 Feb 12, 2009
SUFan wrote:
a force my arse!! he scored what.. like not even 10 points. had 2 shots blocked by Kristoff Orangenut, and couldn't make much more than a basket 3 fet away and a few free throws. Hardly a "force". Pleeeeeeease, spare me Calboons arrogant remarks
Pleeeeeeeeease stop whining.

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