Thursday, October 17, 2013

Welcome to Bracketville---Practice Has Started Edition

The best thing about the college basketball off season…is that it ends.
Vandy will have just nine players on scholarship this season.
Duke’s John Scheyer holds the ACC record for most minutes played in a season.
Pitt and Virginia Tech play 12 of their first 16 games at home.
Don’t sleep on Harvard. They could have the finest team in Ivy League history, as five players have all-conference potential.
NC State lost last year’s top four scorers…five of their top six.
LSU was 19-12 last year…four starters return.
UNC’s P.J. Hairston’s “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay should be a real page turner.
Notre Dame is #9 in all-time wins…in basketball! How about that! Just a single Final Four appearance.
The Irish return four starters from a 25-win team.
Everyone except Ramon Galloway returns at La Salle.
All five top-scorers return for UVA.
40% of the new ACC are private schools…a significantly higher percentage than all other power conferences.
It’s early…but so far the best name in college basketball goes to Drexel’s Bruiser Flint.
BC returns all five starters. Last season, they lost seven ACC games by fewer than five points…three by just a point.
Boise State returns eight of its top nine scorers…and are the lone NCAA Tournament team from last season to return all five starters.
Eight of UNC’s top 10 scorers are back.
Not so fast: When Kentucky and Michigan State tip off, Sparty will take the floor with eight upperclassmen and five sophomores. UK has a pair of seniors who will see little floor time.
One more thing: Notre Dame has a 117-9 (.929) record at home since 2006-07, which ranks as the nation’s second-best home winning percentage behind only Kansas (.960).
Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball in November.

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