Yes its cliché, end of year articles about the biggest stories of the year, or the best moments, or the most important people. But, what can you do.. there’s just something nostalgic about New Year’s time. So I decided to ask CHN writers some of the standard year in review questions, a nice way to wrap up what was an exciting year in college basketball.
With basketball season now in full swing, and plenty of griping already going on (home loss to Gardner-Webb anyone??), it’s time to once again rank the SEC head coaches. There’s a few fresh faces, with Billy Gillispie taking over at UK and John Pelphrey taking the reins at Arkansas, but perhaps the biggest story is the coach who is still here. After two straight national titles, Florida coach Billy Dononvan accepted a job with the Orlando Magic, only to change his mind a few days later and ask out of the contract.
TAMPA, Fla. - Freshman Nick Calathes scored 21 points to lead the two-time defending national champion Florida Gators to an 86-61 victory over the University of Vermont on Friday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. Junior Mike Trimboli (Norwalk, Conn.) paced the Catamounts, who fall to 2-5 on the season, with a game-high 23 points.
Overall Rank: #39
With the NBA Draft finally over, and underclassmen stars like Greg Oden and Kevin Durant now working on customizing their brand-new Bentleys, it’s time to look at how their former teams will fare next year in their absence. Here’s an outlook of several teams with some big holes to fill.
Underclassmen lost: Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah
What player when you look back at this draft five years from now will have teams scratching their heads wondering how they passed on him? Even though I despise BC I think it is going to be Jared Dudley…
(Submitted by: Todd Kobelski of Tewksbury, MA)
That’s a good choice. Dudley capped off an underrated career at Boston College with ACC Player of the Year honors and a stunning performance at the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp. He should fit with whatever team he ends up on because of his intensity and his versatility.