We’re through three nights of college basketball! Let’s be honest, there’s not that much to take away from what we’ve seen so far. There hasn’t even been a game between two ranked teams yet. But, that ain’t stopping me from typing some garbled thoughts! Enjoy.
- Bryce Cotton, Providence’s senior guard, was in full-on beast mode Friday night, dropping 28 on Boston College in an overtime win. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: he could be a dark horse contender for the national Player of the Year award.
- Jabari Parker was unbelievably efficient in his debut as a Dukie, going 8-10 from the field and 3-3 from three as the Blue Devils beat a good Davidson team 111-77 (nope, that’s not a typo).
- Kennesaw State has somehow already played four games! They’re gettin’ busy. (This will likely be the only time Kennesaw State is mentioned on this blog.)
- People should give Tim O’Shea, head coach of Bryant, some serious credit. The Bulldogs lost on Friday night to Gonzaga, but, over the past few years, O’Shea has a done a tremendous job of turning Bryant into a solid team. The program was, until recently, transitioning to D1, and O’Shea somehow managed to guide them to 19 wins (including a win over BC) last year. They should again be solid this year, although O’Shea, who has now been at Bryant for five years, may be moving on to a bigger name program soon.
- Virginia Tech kicked off what should be a thoroughly atrocious season with a fittingly embarrassing loss to USC Upstate.
- I still don’t understand the D1 vs. D3 games that happen at the beginning of the season. And how do they count towards team’s records???
- Prediction: Illinois will be better than people expect this year. Reasons: senior Joseph Bertrand seems poised for a huge year (he’s shooting 72% from the field through two games), freshman guard Jaylon Tate is going to be an impact player, and John Groce is just such a good coach.
- Prediction #2: Yale vs. UConn is going to be a great game today. The Bulldogs are a lot better than most people probably realize and they have a strong enough frontcourt to give the Huskies some problems.