North Carolina is the best team in the country
I don't care what the records say. I don't care if Illinois is 22-0 and BC is 20-0. The best team in the country is North Carolina and they have two losses. They absolutely demolished N.C. State tonight, and they have a team that does it all. They have depth, they have scoring, they have defense, and they also have a great coach. The game tonight was never in doubt, but it was so fun to watch the Tar Heels pick apart N.C. State. It was a clinic.
Arizona is back!! After worrying about my Wildcats and their horrible performance against Washington State on Saturday, Arizona came out with a vengeance and beat up California 97-76.
Another Pac 10 game, another blowout. The only other great team in the Pac 10 Washington also had an easy time with USC defeating them 99-69.
After being down by 12 at halftime, and in a situation where they could possibly lose twice to St. Mary's in the same year, Gonzaga stormed back in the second half to win 68-63. This was an absolute huge game, and now these two teams are tied for the lead in the WCC at 6-2. I think both of these teams are a lock for the NCAA tourney, unless something crazy happens.
Ike Diogu is the best player you've never heard of. That is, unless you watch a ton of Pac 10 basketball as I do. Ike had 39 points and 10 boards in Arizona State's big win against Stanford. Ike is leading the Pac 10 in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Remember the name, because you will hear it for the next 15 years.
San Francisco might have kissed their NCAA tourney bid goodbye tonight with a bad loss to Pepperdine. UTEP had an even worse loss against Tulsa, and the outcome of that game makes me think that the WAC might just be getting 1 bid into the tourney.
In the crowed conference of the Ohio Valley, I chose on Monday that Tennessee Tech would be the team representing the conference in the tourney. Well, Tenn. Tech just played the other top team Samford and lost 64-57. There is now a 3 way tie for the conference lead as Murray State, Tenn. Tech, and Samford all are at 7-2 in conference. The conference is definitely up for grabs.