The best thing about the college basketball off season…is that it ends.
And it has!
“Basketball is a game of deception.”---Davidson head coach, Bob McKillop.
Duke was 213th in the country in rebounding last year…and that was with Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly. Ooops!
Colorado returns four starters.
Butler, VCU, Gonzaga and Davidson prove that roster continuity with solid players can compete with bigger one-and-done type teams.
In their opening game loss to USC-Upstate, Virginia Tech failed to score in the last four minutes of the game - at home.
Kentucky’s four freshmen shot a combined 13-33 in their debut…the three Kansas freshmen went 8-18. Duke’s Jabari Parker went 8-10 and grabber six rebounds.
Duke will be on an ESPN network 26 times this season…more than any other college or NBA team.
Last season the national possessions per game was 65.9. In the 1990-91 season it was 75.3.
This season there are four new Division I teams…bringing the total to 351.
Bo Ryan has had 10 seasons of 20-plus wins in his 12 seasons at Wisconsin. In the 103 seasons before Ryan, the Badgers had just four 20-plus win seasons.
Only one team has made it to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the past four years---Ohio State.
Last season Michigan State had more turnovers than assists.
Boise State brings everyone back from last year’s NCAA Tournament team.
Not so fast: Of the 17 national titles won by active coaches, seven reside in the ACC---Coach K has four, UNC’s Roy Williams a pair and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim has one.
One more thing: Nebraska opens up a new arena this season…every game is sold out.
Congratulations! You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball.