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So a little over a quarter into the 2015 NBA season and the only thing that seems certain about this heavily anticipated rookie class is that they can't wait until 2016 to show us what they can do. The 2015 NBA season will undoubtedly have several themes before its end, but for this group of first-timers, the 2014-'15 season will go down as the year of the injured rook.
The “Kentucky is the most dominating team since . . .” chatter could get even more pronounced after John Calipari’s team visits Louisville Saturday.
If the Wildcats bus back to Lexington with anything approaching a dominant performance over Rick Pitino’s club, their being unbeaten going into the NCAA Tournament may border on the likely.
The Wildcats are far from anything approaching an exceptional team on the offensive end of the floor right now.
With the exception of Connecticut vs. No. 4 Duke (Thursday) and No. 2 Arizona at UTEP (Friday), it’s a fairly slow week for clashes involving the Power 16 squads.
Things will accelerate on Saturday, though, when top-ranked Kentucky faces UCLA and No. 11 Ohio State takes on North Carolina in a double-dip – televised by CBS – in Chicago.
And, in another Saturday doubleheader (this one in Las Vegas), No. 13 Washington takes on Oklahoma and Utah – with only narrow losses at Kansas and San Diego State – faces UNLV.
The most successful franchises in the NBA usually share quite a few similarities, great coaching, a focused direction, a superstar or a two, and a great fan base. But perhaps the defining characteristics that separates success from dominance, is the rare franchise that can maintain success by optimizing their draft selections despite consistently low draft picks.
Since 1977 Leo Papile has coached some of Boston’s best amateur talent; including the likes of Patrick Ewing, Rumeal Robinson, Michael Carter Williams and Nerlens Noel. Papile’s legendary BABC (Boston Area Basketball Club) program has won 17 National Championships, becoming a consistent winner on the Nike EYBL circuit and over the summer claimed runner up at the AAU Super Showcase.
Last week’s action solidified the top four in this week’s Power 16, even as the Wildcats from Kentucky and Arizona almost proverbially bit off more than they could chew by way of visiting from Texas and Gonzaga.
Atlantic Coast Conference teams Duke (then-No. 2 Wisconsin) and Virginia (Maryland VCU) filled out the top four by moving up a couple of slots apiece with matter-of-fact victories on the road.
The rookie class of 2014 has just about hit the quarter mark in their inaugural campaign, and for most of these nubile NBAers a semblance of what the rest of their season and beyond has started to become foreseeable. While many rookies have begun to author the story of their NBA careers, here's a look at what the seasons have started to look like for this heralded rookie class' lottery selections; and a few other notes about this impressive group of rookies.
The Thanksgiving tournaments are over, but we're just getting into the meat of the college season. The always exciting ACC-Big Ten Challenge takes place this week, featuring a number of savory tilts. With December upon us, and three weeks of games in the books, here are some players who are showing out, and some that would probably like to start the season over.
DAngelo Russell 6-5 180 PG Ohio St. Fr.
This week’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge should do a lot to shake up the next Power 16 ratings.
Try these matchups on for size:
Tuesday: No. 10 Ohio State at No. 8 Louisville; Unbeaten (and “on the cusp”) Illinois at No. 12 Miami.
Wednesday: No. 6 Duke at No. 2 Wisconsin; and No. 7 Virginia at No. 14 Maryland.
Another couple of whoppers this week: No. 4 Texas at No. 1 Kentucky on Friday, and No. 5 Gonzaga at No 3 Arizona on Saturday.