As we’ve come to another season of college basketball it seems that this year is one of the deepest fields we have ever seen. Although Duke is currently a cut above, there is no shortage of challengers. Below I give my dark horse teams that could shock the world come March. Continue Reading!
Before Duke was beaten by Gonzaga the next night, Auburn made them look like they definitely weren’t unbeatable. Duke won 78-72 but Auburn definitely could have won. If I were an Auburn fan I would have been extremely frustrated. Auburn could have pulled off a memorable upset but didn’t because they didn’t box out, threw dumb alley-oops, and tried to match Duke’s style of play. Nobody has the athleticism to come close to beating Duke at their own game.
Despite these repeated mistakes, the Tigers still looked good. Jared Harper proved that he is among the best point guards in the country. He’s an excellent shooter and passer and finished with 22 points and 6 assists while shooting 6-10 from three-point range. Austin Wiley impressed me off the bench. The junior center played physical and put up 17 points and 9 rebounds in just 19 minutes. Continue Reading!
The Duke Blue Devils were more than impressive in their opener against #2 Kentucky, beating them by 34, and scoring 118 points. Their star freshmen, RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and Tre Jones, lived up to the hype. No freshmen scaries for this crew, as Barrett had 33, Zion with 28, and Reddish had 22. This Duke team is disgusting, and they play like seasoned veterans. So, can anyone beat the Dukies? Continue Reading!
Over the last seven days the Big Ten has looked like they’re as good as any conference in the nation. They got a chance to prove this thanks to the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2K Empire Classic. Just in the last seven days, Wisconsin won at Xavier, Michigan dominated at Villanova, Indiana beat Marquette, Nebraska beat Seton Hall, Iowa beat Oregon and UConn, and Ohio State won at Creighton. There are currently twelve Big Ten teams in the KenPom top 50, the next closest conference is the ACC with nine. The Big Ten is making a very strong case as the best conference in college basketball, all they are missing is one really good team atop the conference. Michigan is currently the highest rated by KenPom with a +21.79 adjusted efficiency margin, which is good for ninth in the nation. The ACC has a clear lead in that department with three of the KenPom top four. This has been a huge week for the conference and they will look to build on it with some Holiday Tournament wins. Continue Reading!