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2006-07 Preview: Team's #101-110

October 2nd, 2006
Capsules of Teams #101 to 110 in CHN's 144 Teams in 144 Days Preseason Preview.

2006-07 Preview: #98 Cincinnati

October 2nd, 2006
Mick Cronin's squad looks like a junior college all-star team.

2006-07 Preview: #93 Rutgers

October 2nd, 2006
Rutgers has to deal with a new coach and the loss of star Quincy Douby to the NBA.

2006-07 Preview: #87 Notre Dame

October 2nd, 2006
The Irish need frontcourt players like Zeller and Kurz to take their games to a higher level.

2006-07 Preview: #64 West Virginia

October 2nd, 2006
Perhaps no team in the country loses more talent and experience than the Mountaineers.

2006-07 Preview: #52 DePaul

October 2nd, 2006
Sophomore Wilson Chandler (11 ppg) is an emerging Big East star.

Big East Player Rankings - Power Forward

September 28th, 2006
Big EastThe task of ranking power forwards is complicated by the fact that some teams do not have a legitimate center and play a combination of two guards and three forwards or three guards and two forwards.  Either way, it becomes necessary to determine which forward would most likely be designated as a 5 and which would be viewed as a 4.

 

Big East Player Rankings - Small Forward

September 23rd, 2006
Big EastTwo factors complicate efforts to rank the returning small forwards in the Big East.  One is that some teams use a three-guard lineup in which one of the three guards has to be considered a “3” even if he doesn’t fit the classic image of a small forward and would normally be considered a shooting guard.  Another consideration is that it is sometimes difficult to determine whether certain players would be more accurately designated as a “3” or a “4.” 

 

Additionally, there is also the question that hounds every ranking by position, which is, “Will that individual play that position this season?”  For example, at Notre Dame, will Tory Jackson be good enough to earn the starting point guard position?  If so, then Kyle McAlarney would likely play the “2,” Colin Falls the “3,” and Russell Carter the “4.”  If not, then McAlarney would man the point, Falls would start at off guard, and Carter would start at small forward.

Big East Player Rankings - Shooting Guard

September 18th, 2006
Big EastThis is the second installment in a series ranking returning players by position. One challenge is that on some teams which individuals will start at what positions are not givens. Consider Louisville.  Brandon Jenkins could start at the 1 or the 2 after he recovers from a broken leg.  Although last year he played primarily at the point, this year he’ll probably play the 2 as I’m betting that Coach Rick Pitino will go with experience in the starting lineup, meaning Andre McGee will get the nod over freshman Edgar Sosa at point and Jenkins will start at off guard over two talented incoming freshmen. This installment focuses on 11 returnees who will likely start at off guard in the 2006-2007 season.

Big East Player Rankings - Point Guard

September 13th, 2006
Big EastI have taken on the unenviable task of ranking returning players by position.  One challenge is that on some teams which individuals will start at what positions are not givens.  Consider Louisville.   Brandon Jenkins might start at the 1 or the 2 after he recovers from a broken leg.  Although last year he played primarily at the point, this year he’ll probably play the 2 as I’m betting that Coach Rick Pitino will go with experience in the starting lineup, meaning Andre McGee will get the nod over freshman Edgar Sosa.at point and Jenkins will play off guard over two incoming freshmen.  This first installment focuses on 11 returnees who will likely start at point guard in the 2006-2007 season.