BIG EAST FIVE-YEAR STANDINGS
This ranking tries to answer a simple question: Who has been the best team in the Big East over the last five years?
North Carolina senior Tyler Hansbrough, CHN's reigning Player of the Year, is the dominating force leading CollegeHoops.net's 2008-09 Preseason All-America Teams. Besides Hansbrough, other returning CHN All-Americans include Luke Harangody (2nd Team last year), Darren Collison (3rd Team), Stephen Curry (4th Team), and AJ Price (4th Team).
Last night's game was thriller, with the homestanding Buffaloes pulling out the win 17-14 in overtime thanks to a Aric Goodman 25-yard field goal. Where did things go wrong for the Mountaineers? You can start with falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but the end of regulation had a lot more to do with their demise. Clock management? Virtually nonexistent on that final drive, with a receiver failing to get out of bounds when short of the first down marker...and the Mountaineers holding on to both of their remaining timeouts.
Well, today marks the beginning of the Spring Signing Period, and many fans are awaiting the decision of guard Tyreke Evans. The explosive prerimeter player is said to be leaning in the direction of Memphis, and that's who I'd expect him to sign with due to the departure of Derrick Rose. But the school with the most going on in recent days has to be Marist, who will any day be gaining a head coach, but they've already lost two players.
- Memphis assistant Jose "Chucky" Martin to be named Marist head coach.