Men’s Basketball: Let The Real Season Begin!

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I like Division 1 college men’s basketball but I must admit that I don’t start watching games until conference match ups begin. That means from mid-November until about the first of the new year, teams will play 10-13 College Basketballnonconference games before the real action gets going.

Don’t get me wrong — the contests where the ACC took on the Big Ten conference and other key regional tilts are very interesting, but I prefer league play the best. Besides, with the holiday season out of the way (and the endless football bowl season over) I’m in the mood for some hoops action.

I have been following some of the goings on since the season began including a few interesting points of note including:

The Big East Conference is dominant. Last week’s AP25 poll was amazing — 8 of the 25 teams are from the Big East. Granted, the conference fields 16 teams but when half of your schools make up nearly 1/3 of the schools represented in the polls, that feat isn’t anything short of amazing. I’m not sure we’ll still see eight of them at the end of the regular season, but six seems very reasonable. There is a good chance that 10 of the 65 teams represented in March Madness next year will be from the Big East.

UNC Tarheels. Taking nothing away from anyone else, the UNC Tarheels look unbeatable in every game they’ve played this year. I doubt that they’ll finish unbeaten but the conference’s other top teams including Wake Forest and Duke have to wonder how they can be beaten. I suppose there will be at least one game where UNC won’t play 100%, but that means the other team must play 150% in order to win.

Davidson Wildcats. What is it with my adopted state of North Carolina where there are so many fine teams present? You expect the ACC teams to shine but Davidson certainly has been a crowd pleaser. Steven Curry managed to drill 44 points against both Oklahoma and NC State (immediately after Loyola, MD double teamed him in his previous game, holding him scoreless) and is definitely NBA material.

Dayton Flyers — Xavier may be the class of the Atlantic 10, but the Flyers are certainly not going to let the Musketeers take the conference without a fight. But, they’ll have to play consistently down the road if they stand a chance of pushing to the top this year. A 14 point victory of ranked Marquette is a feather in their cap but an 18 point loss to Creighton doesn’t bode well.

Most of the games this weekend are real “yawners” with fans having to decide between the thirty and forty point blow out contests. Yet, this Saturday Conference USA’s best team, #15 Memphis takes on the #19 Georgetown Hoyas in what should prove to be the best game on Saturday.

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