Five of Butler’s six NCAA Tournament opponents failed to score 60 points…the only team that did was Duke with 61.
Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson is on a pace to become just the second Big Ten player to score 2,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and record 400 assists during his college career.
Only one Big Ten player was selected in the 2010 NBA draft…national player of the year, Evan Turner. That pretty much makes the Big Ten the most experienced conference in the country.
Virginia Tech not only returns its entire starting five, it returns 99% of its scoring. Tech got to the free throw line more than any other ACC team last season (63 more times than Duke’s second place numbers). However, they were last in assists in the ACC.
Who do you think led the ACC last season in field goal percentage? North Carolina State’s Tracy Smith at 52%. State has just ten scholarshipplayers this season…but are two deep at each position.
Florida State led the ACC in scoring defense and led the nation in field goal percentage defense. They committed turnovers on 24.3% of their possessions…number 329.
We may already have the winner for this season’s best name…Syracuse freshman, Fab Melo.
This year’s early season tournaments seem loaded with top contenders.
Coaches vs. Cancer: Pitt, Texas, Illinois, Maryland.
O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Marquette.
Puerto Rico Tip-Off: Davidson, West Virginia, Vandy, North Carolina, Wetsern Kentucky and Minnesota.
EA Sports Maui Invitational: UConn, Michigan State, Kentucky, Wichita State.
Old Spice Classic: Wisconsin, Georgia, Notre Dame, Temple.
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic: Baylor, Butler, Florida State.