I know it’s only 6 games in the young season but these USA Today/ESPN and AP polls are very misleading to say the least.
The Preseason Top 25 that had the over-hyped UCLA ranked 13th drop out completely of the AP polls and is 24th in USA Today/ESPN. Even more concerning, juniors Tyler Lamb and Josh Smith have defected and opted to transfer which will hurt once Pac-12 play begins for Ben Howland’s young squad.
Prospect Central! Who GM's should pay attention to in the 2012 NBA Draft
NBA General Managers have a tough assignment in drafting gems that can lead to a franchise player or a piece missing to a championship in past non-star draft years.
However, 2012 is anything but that.
This year’s draft class that includes national names such as Anthony Davis, Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones III, Harrison Barnes and Jeremy Lamb is flooded with a deep and talented draft pool.
Though there are many headline names in this draft, I’m going to give the two top names at each position and two sleeper picks that GMs should feel lucky if they fell on their lap if they’re still on the board.
Easily the unanimous number 1 pick. Will be looking to dominate the NBA for years.
Part 2 of Around the Horn. March Madness Conference Tourneys
A very crazy day in the pursuit to March Madness’s field of 68.
Disappointment for many teams who lost or seen their bubble burst with critical losses.
Others waiting and cringing come Selection Sunday because of an upset to teams that they should not lose to or quality wins they could of used.
Then, there are the winners who improved their seeding with quality wins against ranked opponents or just passed the eye test with quality tournament wins to add to their resume.
Here are some of my thoughts on todays games.
Washington Huskies: Officially entered the bubble. A horrible loss to Jared Cunningham and Oregon State has the Huskies as the first team in Joe Lunardi’s Last Four In, which is anything but safe. In a very down year in the Pac-12 even a conference crown doesn’t bold well for the Huskies. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tony Wroten who had a fabulous game with 29 points missed four consecutive free throws to essentially win the game. Don’t look to blame the star freshman for the game, the Huskies shot 3-11 aside from Wroten’s 9-15 effort from the line, which is downright dreadful. Selection Sunday will be Anticipation Sunday because the Huskies could be N.I.T. Bound instead of NCAA bound.
“Nobody loves their job more than I do. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do. I still want to play. But there is no other team I wanted to play for.”—Peyton Manning, former quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts saying farewell who was released Wednesday morning.
Around the Horn: March Madness Conference Tourneys
So Selection Sunday is around the corner, and teams trying to salvage their seasons are going all in to get an at large bid or win an automatic bid by winning their conference tournament.
Today I learned a lot about certain teams and players that you might want to keep an eye on.
Connecticut Huskies: So insert Jim Calhoun and the Huskies have won their first two games of the Big East tourney against DePaul and an overtime victory against a tough Bob Higgins squad in West Virginia. Jeremy Lamb has assumed Kemba Walker’s role with 47 points in the first two games. Shabazz Napier has been more aggressive and stepped up with a huge 26 points against WVU at MSG. Freshman sensation Andre Drummond has been playing his best ball at the right time of the season who will be a huge cog for them in the 68 team dance. Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi, and Ryan Boatright have become key contributers and must be accounted for.