College basketball likes to ease itself into the season.. kind of like a shy guy trying to ask out an attractive girl. But when Duke plays on national tv, its an unoffocial point in this writer's mind that the season has finally begun. Enough with the previews, the predictions, and the prognostications.. on to the Monday morning, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, you get the point Quaterbacking.. BC losing to Vermont made some headlines last night.. perhaps this is a sign that the loss of Craig Smith will mean more than most anaylsts originally thought. Vermont can play some ball though. This is a team that improved by the day last year, and has a core that could be due for a couple of NCAA Tournament bids over the next handful of years. Also in the ACC, Duke struggled early but pulled away for an easy win over Georgia Southern. Despite the 24 point margin of victory, it was hard to be that overly impressed with the Blue Devils. Josh McRoberts is no longer a big man prospect, and he's not even a power forward either.. the 6-10 former post player has basically become a wing player. Even better (or worse depending on how you think of it), McRoberts seems to have taken a liking to bringing the ball up the court. I'm no Coach K, but seeing big Josh move the ball up the court made me cringe every time.
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Well, Vermont takes on Maryland in the regional final of the Coaches vs. Cancer (the proper name is the "College Hoops Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer")tonight, and this is a game that I'm really looking forward to. Why? Well, Maryland head coach Gary Williams had quite a few things to say in the aftermath of his team being left out of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Of course, it would make more sense to have the Terps play a team from the Missouri Valley, but we won't get that chance this year. So Mike Lonergan's Catamounts will have to do, and they have a shot at this one. Freshman Joe Trapani dropped 20 on New Orleans last night, quite an awakening for someone such as myself, who looked at the season opener as a chance to see UNO star Bo McCalebb play for the first time since the 2004-05 season (he sat out last year with a knee injury). Vermont will challenge for top honors in America East this year, and a win tonight could really get things going. As for Maryland, this game along with a home date down the road with Winthrop will be watched intently by fans of conferences thought to be "inferior" to the BCS leagues. But if there are people out there with that same narrow view of college basketball after last season, then maybe they should tune into something else.
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