Daily Dribble: 11/27
Should be interesting to see who is #1 when the polls come out later today. My choice is UCLA. Though Florida is still probably the best team in the country and there's no shame in losing to Kansas.. UCLA should be #1 because they are undefeated. Pittsburgh and Ohio State are also undefeated.. but UCLA went to Maui and beat Kentucky and Georgia Tech. The Panthers and Buckeyes are a combined 13-0 by beating garbage on their home floor. I have no respect for teams until they leave their buildings to play top teams. The Buckeyes can earn respect with a big game against UNC next weekend, while Pitt still plays nobody for almost 3 more weeks.
Remember when Richard Roby was a possible first round pick. After going 5 for 16 yesterday afternoon, the Colorado wing is now shooting 32% from the floor, and under 20% from three. It also doesn't help he has almost twice as many to's (15) than assists (9). There's a decent chance he wont even get drafted if this continues.
Nice start for Arkansas who is now 5-0 after beating West Virginia. Arkansas is led by two necomers (Beverley and Weems) and should get better as the season goes on. Still, before we hand them a place in the top 25, lets realize they only have one good win (against SIU in OT). West Virginia has an entirely new roster and will only be mediocre, while Marist, though the MAAC favorite, will probably end up with an RPI in the 60-80.
Like West Virginia, the UW Milwaukee Panthers are basically starting fresh after losing their starting five. The Panthers lost a home game to Tennessee Tech yesterday and dropped to 2-5. They didn't lose 5 games until February 2nd last year..
Gavin Edwards had 16 points and 5 board in UCONN's blowout win over Albany. I bring this up simply to ask this question: Who in the world is Gavin Edwards?
Gonzaga cruised to an easy 76-51 win over Idaho up in Spokane. The good news is that Derek Raivio continues to show signs of life after being MIA for most of last year. He scored 24 points and hit 4 threes.. the 5th time already he's broken the 20 point mark. Last season.. he only did that 4 times in 31 games.
Where has Matt Shaw been hiding his offensive game? The SIU power forward had 22 points in SIU's first three games. Since losing to Arkansas, the junior exploded for a career high 26 points in a win over Minnesota and added 17 in yesterday's win against Virginia Tech.
Yesterday I ripped on Northwestern for bringing the whole Big Ten down.. but I forgot how bad Minnesota is as well. Last year the Gophers started 9-2 before struggling to a 5-11 conference record. This year they've decided to simply start down the losing track (2-4) to avoid teasing their fans.