Thoughts and Takeaways From College Basketball’s Opening Weekend

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.

Jabari time!

Jabari time!

  • 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.
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4 responses to “Thoughts and Takeaways From College Basketball’s Opening Weekend

  1. Jeffrey Cooper

    Last year Yale won the Frozen Four, this year the Final Four?

  2. Lance

    Hope you are right about the Bulldogs tonight? You forgot to mention Chris Collins first collegiate coaching victory and the 5 for 7 three point shooting of Drew Crawford.

    • I didn’t get a chance to watch much of that game, but it looked like the NU crowd was pretty good. Crawford is terrific, and I do think that the Cats should be substantially better this year. The big issue, at least based on the scrimmage I went to, will probably be manufacturing points. They’re a world better defensively than they were under Carmody.

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