Basketball is back !!!! Having watched a number of games already some thoughts about 2011-2012 Big East season.
UConn has had two unimpressive victories thus far and has been relying way too much on guards Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier for scoring. Alex Oriakhi needs to step up and help out here. Freshman Andre Drummond looks awkward and seems to need a breakout game to confirm the expectations placed on him. Deandre Daniels looks like he might be the real thing and seems to be real comfortable with his role. Tyler Olander is always in the right place and has been the top big man so far. I’m sure the Huskies will continue to improve and should challenge for the top spot in the league.
Louisville suffered a major loss with Mike Marra going down and out for the season. Peyton Siva, Jared Swopshire and Kyle Kuric have to pick up the slack in order to challenge UConn. A tough match with Butler is on tap for this Saturday. Rookie Chane Behanan is leading the Cards in scoring after 2 games.
Cincinnati returns three starters including Yancy Gates and Dion Dixon and should give the leaders a run for their money.
Marquette returns Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder but has to find a third weapon to make a run to the top of the league.
Villanova needed OT to get by LaSalle last night. Maalik Wayns should be their top gun with Dominic Cheek and Mouph Yarou in support. Nova has no seniors in the lineup but does show a lot of experience.
Notre Dame has to wait for Tim Abromaitis to get back after a four game suspension. The Irish looked shaky against Detroit and look to Eric Atkins to settle them down. The loss of Hansbrough might be too much to overcome this year.
Georgetown will need outstanding efforts from Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark to lead the squad which was depleted with the loss of Austin Freeman and Chris Wright. The Hoyas probably will not be a factor in the race for the league top spot.
St. John’s lost basically everything from last year but must be considered for the ‘Top Name’ team in the league with God’sgift Achiuwa, Nurideen Lindsey and Sir’Dominic Pointer in the lineup. Add D’Angelo Harrison to the mix and we have the most apostrophes in a roster we have seen.
West Virginia and Pitt have suffered early upset losses and Syracuse had some home wins,
Not having seen the rest of the teams yet there are no real observations exept for the fact that Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Providence and Depaul won’t strike fear into the hearts of any of the league’s leaders.
Let the games begin !!!