Panache (puh-nash): a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair.
It is a noun rarely used in the sports vernacular, more usually found when some fashion guru with a purple pen is describing the John Varvatos spring men’s clothing collection.
But, ever the rebel, with a mind still a bit hazy from overdoing it in the 70s, I won’t back down. Since it’s the word that came to mind as Mangok Mathiang displayed any number of moves around the hoop in a cruise control 90-67 U of L W on Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill.
Jump hook. Up and under. Fake right, go left. Vice versa.
Mangok Mathiang, Silent K, a guy a pundit recently called “a solid third string pivot” — OK, it was me. A center of which it was stated, “he’ll never be a force of consequence on offense.” Yeah, that was also c’est moi.
So, excuse me a second while I take another drink of water to wash down my words and some gristle of crow.
Like a butterfly from a coccoon, Silent K is morphing into Special K.
Which is probably a bit too much hyperbole. But, really now, who saw this offensive, uh, panache coming? Certainly not me.
In 24 minutes of action off the pine, MM canned 7 of 11 shots from the field and both of his FTs for 16 points. Yes it came against Boston College, an eminently mediocre squad with little inside presence . . . but still.
Those shots that he’s short-armed throughout his career are now caressing the board and netting.
And he’s still windexing that glass and playing steady D.
It’s February kids, in the wackiest college hoops season in memory, and another piece of the Cardinal puzzle has apparently found its spot. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Boston College