Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year, Same Teams on Radar And Off.

Sure, you look up top of the AP and USA Today polls and see Syracuse, Ohio State, Kentucky and more. The Big East has six teams and potentially nine or ten down the line.

What a week for #12 Georgetown to battle #4 Louisville, Wednesday night at the Yum! Louisville may be looking ahead? Yep. Kentucky awaits on Saturday. Yes, the Wildcats of Calipari, the Cards of Pitino, and hoops hysteria state, what a day for hoops fans in the bluegrass state. Amazing it will only be December 31.

John Thompson III has led Georgetown to an outstanding start. Jason Clark is shooting ball well and is Markell Starks, but, playmaker, yes playmaker, Henry Sims has been a large contributor at the big man spot, leading the Hoyas at 3.7 assists per game. Hoyas are getting solid contributions from Hollis Thompson and youngsters, Greg Whittington and Otto Porter.

Tough week for Xavier in Hawaii. A seventh-place finish, with only a win against struggling Southern Illinois. For all of you who wanted hoop gods to hammer down on Tu Holloway and company after Cincy fiasco, you got your wish.

Maryland is expected to get a boost Wednesday, as 7-footer, Alexi Len becomes eligible as the Terps host Albany at 8pm.

Having been a constant on the Prep School scene this year with a son playing at Massanutten Academy for Chad Myers, its been a busy time for college coaches. Virginia's Tony Bennett has lost four of his original class with James Johnson leaving most recently, but Bennett has been hustling on the prep circuit, taking in games involving Fishburne Military, Hargrave, and Massanutten.

Surprises so far: St. Louis is 11-1 under Rick Majerus. The Billikens have dominated foes. Winning every game by double-digits in the span and beating Washington and Villanova in that stretch. UMASS, St. Joe's and Dayton also highlight a real good opening two months for the A-10.

All 12 members of the Big Ten are over .500 and Indiana at 12-0, with a win over Kentucky deserves a salute. You figured the Hoosiers would be better, but they have opened eyes and raised expectations in Bloomington.

WINLESS STILL: On the ouch circuit early, Towson, Hartford, Binghamton, Grambling State and Northern Illinois are still winless on the year.

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