Posted: Thursday December 8, 2005 11:28AM; Updated: Thursday December 8, 2005 5:03PM
Seth Davis will periodically answer questions from SI.com users in his Hoop Thoughts column.
You won't find a much better defender anywhere than Virginia Tech 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Deron Washington. He took three charges against Duke, giving him 19 in the Hokies' first eight games.
Boy, Princeton has fallen on hard times. The Tigers' 1-4 start includes a 62-39 loss at Colgate.
I almost always agree with Jay Bilas, but I totally disagree with Bilas' argument that in light of the Randolph Morris situation at Kentucky, the NCAA should stop allowing players to return to school after they've entered the NBA Draft. Lots and lots of players have done just that without getting in deep with agents the way Morris did with SFX. Why should everyone else be punished because he messed up?
Speaking of Morris, you should know that there is nothing significant about the NCAA's initial decision to declare him ineligible. Even if Morris wasn't going to miss any games, the NCAA would have declared him ineligible before allowing Kentucky to reinstate him. The question is whether or not they're going to let him come back, and when. I know it's backwards, but that's the way the NCAA works.
Getting 6-6, 227-pound forward Matt Trannon back from the football team makes all the difference for Michigan State. He's definitely a front-runner for my annual All-Glue team.
Villanova looks a lot like Illinois did last year, doesn't it?
You keep hearing how Indiana is going to be even better once D.J. White comes back, but that's not going to matter if the Hoosiers can't iron out their point guard issues. IU committed 22 turnovers in its loss at Indiana State.
It's too early to tell just how good sophomore forward David Padgett is going to be at Louisville, but the Kansas transfer is a much better passer than I thought.
Dan Bonner has got to be the most underrated color man in college hoopdom.
If you're a West Coaster who gets offended when East Coast writers say your teams are soft, just watch a tape of Georgetown's 14-point win at Oregon last week and try to complain. That was an East Coast thumping if ever there was one.
Do you realize Wake Forest center Eric Williams is shooting 38.8 percent from the free throw line?
If Cedric Bozeman could ever commit himself to being a blue-collar defender and tenacious offensive rebounder, UCLA could be a pretty darn good team. But I'm not holding my breath.
Two very good guards who score a lot of points without making 3s: Oklahoma's Terrell Everett and Iowa State's Curtis Stinson.
I never bought into the prediction that Stanford would win the Pac-10, but I had no idea the Cardinal (now 2-3 with back-to-back losses to Montana and UC-Davis) were this bad.
Don't look now, but Georgia is starting to show some signs of life. I've said it before many times: Dennis Felton will get it done in Athens.
I don't know how many teams can turn up the fullcourt pressure as well as George Washington, but the Colonials definitely exposed how vulnerable Maryland is against a really good press.
At the top of Duke's holiday wish list must be for Lee Melchionni to rediscover his long-lost shooting touch. The 6-6 senior swingman shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range last year, but is making just 27.3 percent this year. The Blue Devils desperately need a third scorer, and Melchionni is their best bet.
If Texas Tech is on the bubble on Selection Sunday, that 18-point loss at San Francisco last weekend could really come back to haunt the Red Raiders.