Been a while

By - December 31, 2006

What a ridiculously long time it’s been since I last blogged, call it a Christmas break I guess but that just means there’s even more to talk about.

Big East surprises

If you had asked me two months ago who the top two teams in the Big East would be as the year came to end I probably would have said some combination of Pitt, Georgetown and Connecticut. To be fair only one game has been played in conference but it perfectly illustrates how deep this conference could be this year.

West Virginia 81 Connecticut 71

I have to admit that I thought the Mountaineers would be terrible this year after losing all of the names off of the great teams of the last two seasons. No more Kevin Pittsnogle, no more Mike Gansey, no more wins I thought. But last night WVU cruised to a win over the highly touted Huskies and though youth and the environment in Morgantown had something to do with it there seems little doubt that as good as the conference has been in recent years it might deeper then this season.

Notre Dame is another team that has sort of come out of nowhere. The Irish have five players averaging double digits scoring including sharpshooter Colin Falls and big man Rob Kurz who has six double-doubles already this year.

South Florida has been the conference whipping boys since moving from Conference USA but even they look like they could be a threat. They have one really bad loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christie and got a good win yesterday over a decent Wake Forest team. Though they have won just two of their games since his debut 6-9 Kentrell Gransberry looks like he could be a star for the Bulls recording four double-doubles in his first six games including a 17 point, 15 rebound performance in Saturday’s win.

Washington State continues to surprise in the Pacific Ten after splitting games on a trip to Los Angeles. On Thursday they lost by three to the number one team in the nation UCLA after leading at halftime. Two days later they beat USC a team that had polished off ranked teams Washington and Wichita State.

Here’s a news flash, Chris Lofton is really freaking good. It seems to me that no player in a major conference does as much and gets as little credit as Lofton. Already this year he has scored over 30 points five times including a performance in a come from behind win over Texas in which he hit a couple of huge three-pointers down the stretch.

Posted by at 12:44 PM on December 31, 2006
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