Week Guide: Nov. 12
I assume that's it for Aircraft Carrier games. I'm amazed that there wasn't some kind of backup plan that moved Ohio-State Marquette and Georgetown-Florida to an indoor arena the next day. I mean did nobody consider that sometimes it rains?
My Top 25
Here's my Associated Press top 25 ballot from this week:
4. Ohio State
6. NC State
13. North Carolina
20. Saint Joseph’s
22. Michigan State
24. Notre Dame
25. San Diego State - I'm guessing a lot of people drop the Aztecs all the way out, but they were expected to lose to Syracuse
DROPPED OUT: Cincinnati
TEAMS THAT I HAVE RANKED THAT AREN'T RANKED NOW: Cincinnati
TEAMS I'VE RANKED No. 1: Indiana
GAMES OF THE DAY:
MONDAY: West Virginia at Gonzaga - At 11:59 p.m. ET this is a nice start to 24 Hours of College Hoop.
TUESDAY: Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome: Duke vs. Kentucky - Do you think the Christian Laettner footage will get shown a few times during this broadcast?
WEDNESDAY: Wisconsin at Florida - Florida officials expect to be able to declare a winner of this game by Sunday.
THURSDAY: St. Mary's at Utah State - This feels like a Bracketbuster Game
FRIDAY: Saint Joseph's vs. Notre Dame Coaches vs. Cancer in Brooklyn - Are the Hawks a top 25 contender this year?
SATURDAY: - Coaches vs. Cancer Championship
SUNDAY: Puerto Rico Tip-Off Third place and championship games- Both should be terrific.
NEW NICKNAME PLEASE: Each week we're going to take a look at a school that has a week nickname and suggest a better one. I like mascots that have either some historical connection to either the school or the area its in. And I give credit for unique nicknames like Billikens. There are too many Tigers, Wildcats and Eagles out there (and too many Rams in the Atlantic 10).
Memphis - Memphis has great fried chicken (Gus'), Barbecue and Music, but no Tigers. The city has too much character and personality not to have a better nickname than Tigers. I'm proposing the Memphis Hound Dogs, a solid mascot with ties to the city's Elvis history.
Question I don't know the answer to: Is South Alabama this good or is Florida State not nearly as good as projected.
Fearless predictions: More experienced Duke beats more talented Kentucky.
Buzzer beaters: After March there's no better time for college hoop than November tournaments. While everyone else is on the beach in Puerto Rico, I'll be finding a TV.
...1 day til UMass-Harvard...