Today's Question: What will be the best regular-season game of 2008?
Game of the Week: No. 11 Tennessee at Gonzaga (Saturday, December 29, 4:00 PM, ESPN2)
With basketball season now in full swing, and plenty of griping already going on (home loss to Gardner-Webb anyone??), it’s time to once again rank the SEC head coaches. There’s a few fresh faces, with Billy Gillispie taking over at UK and John Pelphrey taking the reins at Arkansas, but perhaps the biggest story is the coach who is still here. After two straight national titles, Florida coach Billy Dononvan accepted a job with the Orlando Magic, only to change his mind a few days later and ask out of the contract.
I finally conclude the BCS portion of this year's Top 25 Player Rankings. Out of all the leagues, the SEC was perhaps the hardest to figure out. The guys at the bottomof the Top 25 aren't much better than the guys Next in Line.. and then some guys that I left out such as Steven Hill, Jai Lucas, and Andrew Ogilvy have a strong claim as well. Which brings me to next point: these rankings were never intended to project NBA Draft or future potential. If so, guys like Sonny Weems or Alonzo Gee might very well be at the top.
Finally on to the last BCS statistical preview, the SEC. Each team writeup includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).
G Brandon Hollinger - 6, 2, 3
G Mykal Riley - 13, 4, 3
F Alonzo Gee - 15, 6, 2
F Demetrius Jemison - 8, 6, 1
C Richard Hendrix - 15, 10, 2
6 Mikhail Torrance - 6, 2, 3
Led by two returning CHN 2nd Team All-Americans (Hansbrough & Lofton), the 2007-08 Collegehoops.net Preseason All-America Team features a mix of geography, age, and style.
First Team CHN All-American
G. Sean Singletary, SR, Virginia
G. Chris Lofton, SR, Tennessee
F. Chase Budinger, SO, Arizona
F. Tyler Hansbrough, Jr, North Carolina
C. Roy Hibbert, SR, Georgetown
Second Team CHN All-American
G. Darren Collison, JR, UCLA
G. Drew Neitzel, SR, Michigan State
G. Brandon Rush, JR, Kansas
F. DJ White, SR, Indiana
C. Brook Lopez, SO, Stanford