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.
I finally conclude the BCS portion of this year's Top 25 Player Rankings. Out of all the leagues, the SEC was perhaps the hardest to figure out. The guys at the bottomof the Top 25 aren't much better than the guys Next in Line.. and then some guys that I left out such as Steven Hill, Jai Lucas, and Andrew Ogilvy have a strong claim as well. Which brings me to next point: these rankings were never intended to project NBA Draft or future potential. If so, guys like Sonny Weems or Alonzo Gee might very well be at the top.
Finally on to the last BCS statistical preview, the SEC. Each team writeup includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).
G Brandon Hollinger - 6, 2, 3
G Mykal Riley - 13, 4, 3
F Alonzo Gee - 15, 6, 2
F Demetrius Jemison - 8, 6, 1
C Richard Hendrix - 15, 10, 2
6 Mikhail Torrance - 6, 2, 3
We're only a week through the 2007 Big Dance.. but its never too early to start thinking about next year's Tournament. Here's an early projection of the 2008 NCAA Tournament field:
Big East (8) - Louisville - (DePaul, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, UCONN, West Virginia)**
Pac-10 (6) - UCLA - (Arizona, Stanford, USC, Washington, Washington State)
SEC (6) - Kentucky - (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee)
ACC - UNC (5) - (Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State)
Big 12 (4) - Kansas - (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas)
I decided to try something new today.. a ranking of all 73 BCS Teams. Putting together this ranking was more time consuming than I expected.. so I won't include commentary. If you disagree or agree with the ranking, there's always the comment section below.
BCS Power Ranking, 1 to 73
1. UCLA 6-1 17-1
2. Florida 5-0 18-2
3. North Carolina 5-1 18-2
4. Wisconsin 6-0 20-1
5. Pittsburgh 6-1 18-3
6. Ohio State 5-1 17-3
7. Texas A&M 4-1 16-3
8. Oregon 6-1 18-1
9. Kansas 4-1 17-3
10. Virginia Tech 5-1 15-5
11. Duke 3-2 16-3
12. Marquette 5-2 18-4