Wednesday, December 14, 2005

College basketball pauses for Exams

Not much going on in the college basketball world right now. Most teams are taking a few nights off so their players can concentrate on exams. Also it gives coaching staffs the chance to evaluate the early season and put some new things in at practices during the game breaks.

But two games caught my eyes the last two night.

Depaul upset Wake Forest last night. The Deacons had seemed to recover nicely from an early season loss to Florida and appeared ready for ACC action. But a loss to DePaul, expected to be in the bottom half of the gargantuan Big East, doesn't bode well. Skip Prosser isn't the greatest coach in the world in my opinion and without a point guard it could be a troubled season.

On Monday night, UNC-Wilmington nearly pulled the upset in Madison. But the Badgers rallied late and gave Wisconsin the win. The Seagulls have been one of the teams I've been impressed with early, and you've have to say that the Colonial Athletic Association is one of the top mid-majors in the land. Wilmington won an early season 8-team tourney at Wyoming, Old Dominion handed Georgia its only loss in the Virgin Islands, Drexel made the Preseason NIT Final Four in New York. Meanwhile, George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth and Northeastern have all had good starts to the season. That's a pretty tough six.

I'm sticking with Illinois as my #1 team right now. The Illini have done more than anybody else thus far. Its hard to say anybody is better than Duke, but Illinois has accomplished just a bit more thus far. I have the Dukies 2, Florida 3 and Washington 4.

Its no question who the best player is though. Gonzaga's Adam Morrison is sensational - and he's played like it early.

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