Thanksgiving is over and the season is now in full swing. Most of the "Holiday Tournaments" are behind us and teams are now looking at closing out their OOC schedules as we head into December before Conference play gets under way with the new year. Thus far, the ACC looks like the best conference in America top to bottom with some of the usual suspects leading the way. With a solid showing in this week's ACC/Big 10 Challenge, I could easily see the conference getting 9-10 teams into the NCAA Tournament field when it is all said and done.
Another week of college basketball is in the books, and the Big 12 had some great games from some unexpected teams, and some terrible games by teams that were supposed to be at the top of the conference. Oklahoma struggled with Abilene Christian, while Iowa State could not pull away from Indiana State and dropped a game to a talented Gonzaga Bulldogs squad. The Texas Longhorns continued their shaky non-conference start with a loss to Colorado in their only game of the week.
Holiday Tournaments were a major theme during the Thanksgiving break. The Tar Heels went to Maui and brought home the title while Baylor came back from an early 20 point deficit to take down Louisville in the Battle for Atlantis. While we still don't know what exactly to make of some teams through the season's first few weeks, there are a few that are separating themselves from the pack.
The farther we get into conference play, the more we begin to realize who is going to contend or pretend in the SEC. The SEC boasts the No. 1 ranked team in the country in Kentucky, but other than that, no other squad holds a ranking next to their name. But, that does not mean Kentucky will have no competition when conference play begins. Despite no other team being ranked, South Carolina and Florida have flawless records and are knocking on the door to earn respect from the AP poll and the rest of the country.