Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville--Midsummer's Night Dream Edition

With Cody Zeller and Christian Watford back, all five starters from last season will return to Indiana.
Mason Plumlee’s returning to Duke is a big deal. He’ll be a great senior leader. I would rather have one Mason Plumlee than a dozen Austin Rivers.
Nearly 400 players, including Duke’s Michael Gbinije, are transferring this year.
UConn is down to seven returning players.
Memphis returns four of their top five scorers, including projected lottery choice, Adonis Thomas.
New Virginia Tech Coach, James Johnson has just eight scholarship players for this coming season.
The Miami Hurricanes return eleven players, including six of the top seven scorers from last season. Playmaker Durand Scott will be back…Senior big men Reggie Johnson and Julian Gamble return healthy.
Missouri is expected to start or play four transfers. Alex Oriakhi started for the 2011 National Champs, UConn. The other three were the best players on their respective rosters.
Last season Duke accumulated merely eight more assists than turnovers. Thank the ball-hogging Austin Rivers for that gruesome stat.
In fact Duke recorded assists on just 48.4% of their field goal…their lowest since 1998.
Clemson is the only original member of the ACC that has never won the ACC Tournament.
While I cannot cheer for North Carolina, I think they made a smart move in hiring Hubert Davis as an assistant coach. I’ll miss him on ESPN…he was an astute analyst with a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. I wish him well.
Not so fast: Florida State (ACC Champions last season) lost six seniors to graduation.
One more thing: Do not overlook Butler’s transfer, Rotnei Clarke. 

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