Monthly Archives: September 2011
By Nick Garton
Anyone can be ranked number one at the beginning of the season. It’s easy. People like myself and others make predictions based on recruiting classes schools put together, how last season ended, who the returning upperclassmen are, and admittedly, who we just plain old like!
Thanks to the NBA lockout, this NCAA preseason has been unlike any other for over a decade. That’s because kids decided that instead of gambling on having a future in a league that may or may not have a season, the smart money was on returning to school. The return of the brightest stars in the college game coupled with the arrival of one of the deepest overall recruiting classes in recent memory has created a perfect storm for NCAA Basketball in 2011-12.
By Kevin Lackey
UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland once again shows his uncanny ability to recruit excellent point guards. With the signing of the Rivals.com number one ranked point guard, Kyle Anderson, Howland reloads.Anderson, a 6’8” high school senior from St. Anthony High School in Fairview New Jersey is more physically suited to play along the wing. But his high school success at the point position, combined with Howland’s history of successfully playing athletes out of position may determine where he ends up. With the increasing trend of developing “point-forwards” Howland may have found a true gem.
By Bennett Synder
First it was the NCAA and power conferences making moves, now it is the A-10. I feel like I’m King Hippo and all these conferences are hitting me in my weak spot, knocking my shorts down, and then blind siding me with all these new changes. I don’t believe Aristotle on this one, change in all things is NOT sweet.
By Michael Almonte
There are two matters that are set in stone for the upcoming college basketball season. First, expect a great title game come April 2nd in the Superdome and the second is the North Carolina connection in New Orleans.
What do Michael Jordan, Keith Smart, Chris Webber and Carmelo Anthony all have in common during the NCAA tournament? All four of these stars gained National prominence during the Final Four in New Orleans, which happens to be the site for this year’s Final Four.
By Tim Donohoo
The 2011-12 version of the Colorado State Rams tip off the regular season, Nov. 11 against Montana (a 20-game winner a season ago. Head Coach Tim Miles guided a Ram squad which won 19 games in 2010-11 and earned a birth in the National Invitation Post Season Tournament.