11/19: Daily Dribble
I'll be honest, I'd never heard of Stephen Curry before this week. The son of former NBA star Dell Curry is a freshman for the Davidson Wildcats. He wasn't even considered the best player on his high school team, but the 6-0 guard came into today's game against Missouri averaging 23 points, 7 boards, and 4 assists per game. In a close loss to the Tigers in Columbia this afternoon, he finished with 16 and 6 assists. Curry's biggest problem is turnovers, as he's more of a combo scoring guard trying to play some point and doing too much with the ball. Still, the baby faced scorer has a great stroke, a knack for getting the ball in the hoop, and the potential to be a major force in the Southern Conference with a little more experience and physical maturity.
Tough start for one of the country's favorite cinderella teams, Bucknell, who dropped to 0-3 with a loss to St Joseph's today. The one expected certainty for Bucknell was supposed to be senior Chris McNaughton, but the big man was just 4-13 in his first two games and 2-6 from the line.
Could be a long season for the Miami Hurricanes. The ACC team lost back to back neutral games against Buffalo and Cleveland State over the last two days. Its funny how losses by bottom of the pack mid-major teams are used as a sign of those league's (ie, the MVC's) weakness. But when teams like Miami, Penn State, Oregon State, etc lose at home or on neutral floors to bad or medicore teams, no one seems to notice.
Having said that, a ranked Creighton team losing to a weak Nebraska team doesn't bode well for the MVC. The Huskers beat CU by 12 points last night in Lincoln, which is just 2 less points than they beat the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. Dana Altman was pretty harsh in his assessment of the team following Creighton's loss, but you have to figure the Bluejays will only get better.
Jason Bennett was supposed to a major cog in Bob Huggins KSU turnaround, but the 7-footer has struggled to average just 2.3 points per games in the Wildcats first three games.
Unlike Bennett, two newcomers making a big impact for the same team are Sonny Weems and Patrick Beverley of Arkansas. Sure, the Hogs are 2-0 against a pair of cupcakes, but the Juco forward and the freshman point guard have combined to average 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. Arkansas has a much bigger test this week against a great defensive team, Southern Illinois.