Archive - Blog entry
November 22nd, 2016
After going 18-1 in the opening weekend of hoops, the ACC came back to Earth a little this week. The league finished 28-7 with a few key victories and a few losses that potential contenders would love to have back. There were great performances all around the league and quite a few from players you haven't heard of...yet. Clemson is the only team with multiple losses on the season and just haven't looked the same since their opening night win against Georgia.
Talk about a start to the season.
Big East teams have won 15 of 16 games played this year. The conference’s only loss so far was Georgetown falling to top 25 Maryland by a single point.
I don’t think there has been any surprise with the top dog, Villanova. Their road win against Purdue was a fantastic game, but the experienced Wildcats were able to pull away towards the end. Josh Hart, a Preseason All-American, looked absolutely unstoppable driving to the rim.
This may be a surprise to many, but SEC basketball has looked impressive through the first week of non-conference play. The conference combined for a record of 24-6. Even some of the losses have been impressive, such as Missouri who is projected to finish last in the SEC pushing No. 11 Xavier to OT just to lose by one. But, what is the excitement of college basketball without upsets? The Chattanooga Mocs went into Knoxville and beat Rick Barnes’ Volunteers by 13. Other than that hiccup, the SEC beat expectations through the first week on the hardwood.
For the most part, this was a standard weekend in Big 12 basketball, even though Texas did their best to make it interesting (more on that later) and Kansas started the season 0-1. A lot of new faces shined in new places, like Jamie Dixon at TCU, and a lot of young talent made their debuts, like Josh Jackson in Kansas. Teams have not played enough games to formulate a true opinion on them, and players have not logged enough minutes to know how good they really are. That’s part of what makes this part of the season so exciting.
The opening weekend of college basketball is in the books and I, for one, couldn't be happier. Basketball is back. And even though the NBA has been in full swing for a little over three weeks now, college basketball is just different. Aside from the obvious that the players aren't professionals, there's just a different level of excitement when watching your college team play as opposed to your NBA team. Every game matters more as a loss early in the season can affect whether a team gets into the NCAA Tournament come season's end.