Joel Knows: Sunday Review

January 28th, 2007
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Does Joel know everything? Anything? Or does Joel simply know nothing? Find out every Sunday in Joel Welser’s new weekly column: Joel Knows.

Joel knows how to pronounce offense.

Joel knows that Connecticut will need a big win on the road to make the NCAAs. The best opportunity may come on Wednesday at DePaul. If the Huskies fail in Chicago, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Georgetown are the only other choices to pick up that elusive quality road victory. And we aren’t too far from looking at UConn not even making the Big East Tournament.

Joel knows February is the shortest month of the year for a reason.

Joel knows that just about everybody underestimated George Washington. After a road win at Rhode Island, the Colonials sit at 6-1 and the lone remaining one-loss team in the A-10. They might not end up winning the conference, or even making the NCAA Tournament, thanks to more talented teams like Umass and Xavier, but Coach Karl Hobbs and his GW squad deserve some kudos.

Joel knows Michigan is on the verge of collapse.

Joel knows Air Force is still the best team in the MWC. BYU is not an easy team to beat at home and the Falcons’ 52-61 loss at the hands of the Cougars won’t stop Air Force from claiming the conference crown.

Joel knows that Drew Neitzel is freaky looking when he’s possessed.

Joel knows the MAC West has a lot of work to do. Toledo is a misleading 7-0, taking full advantage of an amazingly easy early schedule, but the directional Michigan schools, Ball State and Northern Illinois are all under .500 overall. Western Michigan is the only other team with a winning record in conference in the West, but got absolutely destroyed by Akron on Saturday to further escalate the East’s conference dominance.

Joel knows Penn should be clinching the first NCAA Tournament bid any day now.

Joel knows Utah Valley State will make a nice addition to whatever conference they end up with. The Wolverines are 13-7 on the season as an independent with wins over Montana, Albany and UMKC…twice. Sure, that doesn’t sound like an at-large resume, but it can compete in a conference like the Big Sky or Mid-Con.