Happy New Year!
I made a point not to get drunk last night. Partly because I got pretty happy the night before, and partly because I wanted to wake up and enjoy the snow here, and to watch Missouri vs. Arkansas, which should be one of the best college bowl games. Catching up with some college basketball activity, as the teams step into conference season.
– A recap of November and December games from ESPN’s Andy Glockner. Sam Houston State, Dayton, George Mason, Saint Mary’s and Rhode Island have been of note, and they have made a strong non-conference case for inclusion in this year’s NCAA tournament. Marquette has played tough, Texas has been nice, and Wright State is completely in Butler’s collective head. Kansas and Memphis look like #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, though I know that Kansas will stumble once or twice in conference play, and UCLA, UNC, Duke, and Texas. And why NOT Marquette as a top 8 seed in the tournament, and perhaps top 4 (aka a #1 seed)?
– Also, former Cincinnati coach Andy Kennedy has the Ole Miss Rebels undefeated, 12-0.
– Pittsburgh is down a couple of players to injury, starting point Levance Fields and Mike Cook, likely for the year. Meanwhile, Syracuse lost Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins to ACL injuries, and Josh Wright to… his leaving the team. The Orange is playing freshman guard Scoop Jardine along with the two other freshmen, Donte’ Green and Jonny Flynn to compensate, but they are getting a little thin.
– Kentucky is not adjusting well to the Billy Gillispie era, losing to the University of San Diego. Meanwhile, Illinois just isn’t good at all. Is Weber on the hot seat?