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Posted by Charles P. Pierce  January 5, 2011 04:48 PM

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There is absolutely no point in following college basketball until the conference seasons begin. Now that they have, Duke is still far and away the best team in the country, and likely will continue to be, considering their league is really down this season. Meanwhile, there's some loose talk about The Big East getting 10 teams into the field, what with Cincinnati now flexing again after some post-Huggy down years. (Joe Lunardi of ESPN has 10 in his first Bracketology of the season with one conspicuous omission.)  This, of course, would drive the mid-majors absolutely insane; I think I can hear Mark Few howling already up there in Spokane.

The best player This Blog has seen this season is Jared Sullinger at Ohio State. This Blog gazed in awe on New Year's Eve when Indiana -- coached by Tom Crean, who used to coach at alma mammy -- shot 50 percent from the floor (57 percent in the first half) and still got drilled by 18 on their own floor, in part because they had not the inkling of a hint of a clue what to do with Sullinger inside. It should also be noted by people already filling out their brackets that OSU shot 68.4 percent from three-point distance in that game, and a lot of that was because every Hoosier except Rade Butcher was collapsing on Sullinger away from the ball.

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Got caught watchin' the paint dry.
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