Some quick observations heading into a weekend where a wedding will interrupt football and college basketball viewing. Who gets married in November? I wish the bride and groom well but a bad life choice.
UMass: Special seasons are made of what the Minutemen have done so far, beating Harvard and Providence on some clutch shooting right before the buzzer. However, keep in mind Providence is not a good team. Next year is what the Friars are planning for.
BC: The Eagles are growing up. Ryan Anderson looks like he’s going to be a star. Great effort despite the loss to Baylor.
Saint Louis: I’ve felt the Billikens have been over-rated by everyone. I think that point was proven when they lost to Santa Clara Wednesday night. I know they’re missing Kwamain Mitchell but I still think they’re over-rated. Santa Clara, meanwhile, might be the most improved team in the country. The Fightin’ Rambises were winless in the WCC last season. They’ll be trouble for someone. Guard Kevin Foster is a volume scorer who’ll get his chance in the NBA because his style fits the association.
Game I’m looking forward to seeing (If the wedding doesn’t interfere too much):
BYU-Florida State at Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Both teams are rebuilding, I want to see where they stand.
Notre Dame-Saint Joe’s, also at Barclays: Big game non-conference game for the Hawks Friday night.
North Carolina at Long Beach: First look at the Tar Heels. Beach is rebuilding but has potential.
Championship games in the Charleston and Puerto Rico tournaments, no matter who advances.
Richmond at Minnesota: I think the Gophers are going to be tough.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell