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11/06/2006 12:18:00 PM
The Blog Returns
My apologies for the blog's inactivity last week. We ran a series of rankings galleries (here, here, here, here and here) because all of our writers were locked in the college basketball bunker, working diligently on the SI preview issue, which will hit your mailboxes next week. I filed my last installment late Sunday night ... and am now allowed to return to blogging.
If you have a beef with any of my rankings -- and I know you do, because a few of those notes hit the inbox this week -- feel free to make them publicly in the commments.
I was surprised to see Arron Afflalo missing from your top 10 Wooden Award candidates. He looks like a good bet for Pac-10 Player of the Year, and after last year's run to the championship game, I would think that he would receive a little more attention...
The Florida guards are probably overshadowed by the ridiculously good frontcourt they have. I remember them being pretty good (Humphrey could shoot with the best of them, right?), but its hard to deny the majority of the power and skill comes from the big three on Florida. If Florida plays Alabama (I'm too lazy to look at the schedule but I'll assume they do), it'll be interesting to see how they do against another really talented guard this year.
How was Reyshawn Terry not on your seniors to watch list? He is an amazing athlete (6'8", 232) that will probably be playing more on the perimeter this year now that we have more depth in the middle. He brokeout the second half of last season and I think it'll carry over and he'll be scoring points by the bunches. Especially since the Tarheels are trying to average over 90 points a game this year by accelerating the tempo even more than last year. Expect big things from him this year.
So I was just looking at the crystal ball and saw you said florida at lsu (others said indy at illinois) is the game you are looking forward to the most. Come on, if you were given the option of watching that game or either of the carolina-duke games you know you would be watching the tobacco road classic. Maybe you didnt want to seem cliche, but let's not forget who is who in college basketball.
I am rather puzzled to see Ohio St. ranked ahead of Wisconsin in many different polls...Wisconsin has proven athletes. don't get me wrong Ohio St. is talented but they have so many young players who haven't done s**t in college. When will wisconsin finally get the respect they deserve. Do these pollsters even watch college basketball?
I can see the Florida at LSU this year being a good game, and usually interesting i guess. Still not sure why Indiana and Illinois will be interesting (over a recruiting battle?, come one, there's got to be better games than that, even in the Big 10). I guess these are games outside of the norm that might be interesting.
But I'm with the guy from earlier. You have no idea what I would give to walk into Cameron Indoor decked out in Carolina Blue and watch that game, any year, it doesn't matter. I was at the game in 2003 at the Smith Center when Jones hit the three after the buzzer had already sounded, and it was amazing. To see a game in a place like Cameron would be amazing.
I've followed UNC for over 40 years and have seen this team in preseason play/practice x 3 this year and offer the following: Frosh Brandan Wright reminds me of Sam Perkins (only smoother) and Ty Lawson is the quickest guard I've ever seen in baby blue. Had similar thoughts as "anonymous" re increased tempo on offense compared to last year.... Hansbrough will only look better, if that's possible, as Wright will relieve pressure in the paint and Terry will not only score, but demonstrate he's the complete package.... he'll probably double his # of steals this year. Roy will make them gel and this should be a very, VERY good year for TarHeel fans! Move (back) over, Coach K!
Any ideas on Brian Zoubek, the 7 foot freshman at Duke. He's the only player that fits the mold as a Coack K type big man (McRoberts is smaller and more mobile than the normal, like Boozer, Brand and Sheldon Williams). I saw him briefly last year at some all star thing and wasn't too impressed.
Thanks for giving a little respect to Nick Fazekas out of Nevada. People should not overlook him as one of the top players in college basketball, just like he was overlooked by all the major programs out of high school who wish they had him on there team today.
Another year of Kansas being overated...why do the supposed experts tout this program every year? Oral Roberts enrollment = 4,000 and KU = 20,000 with national recruiting. I guess the early season schedule of "safety" games AT HOME were too much to handle...try Division II or III next year.