Downey’s greatness on display as Cocks knock off No. 1 Cats

Downey takes - and makes - some crazy shots. (Pic via ghostofchucky.blogspot.com)

Devan Downey might not be the pro prosepct John Wall is, but he sure handed it Kentucky last night in the latest edition of spectacular scoring performances.

Downey finished with 30 points to lead the Gamecocks to a 68-62 upset over the top-ranked Wildcats.  He made a handful of seemingly impossible shots and provided leadership to a squad playing without swingman Dominique Archie.

America found out just how good Downey is last night.  I’ve been saying he is the most underrated player in country all season.  Nobody does more for his team, or more with less, than the 5’9″ jitterbug.

Downey scored 30 or more points for the third time in five games Tuesday night.  He is the South Carolina offense, accounting for nearly 1/3 of the team’s shot attempts this season – he launched 29 last night while his teammates attempted 35.  His nine made field goals included three difficult bank shots, including a ridiculous runner over DeMarcus Cousins late in the game.

Meanwhile, aside from Cousins, Kentucky looked lost for most of the game.  Cousins dominated inside and finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds.  Wall added a quiet 19 points for the Wildcats (19-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference).

John Calipari needs to get Patrick Patterson involved in the offense.  Patterson has spent more time playing on the perimeter this season and has dissappeared at times.  He finished with just four points Tuesday night.

The Gamecocks (12-8, 3-3) will need a miracle to make the NCAA Tournament.  But if Downey keeps putting up huge numbers, who knows?

Check back for the all-underrated team this weekend here on TTT.

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