The talent dilemma: Sometimes you can have too many players. North Carolina State has four returning starters from a Sweet 16 team plus three McDonald’s All-Americans joining the team. So far it’s been a difficult task for coach Mark Gottfried to mold this group into a real team. The Wolfpack were picked to win the ACC, but now Duke looks like the best team in the league (some would say best team in the country). There’s still plenty of time for Gottfried to make this work.
There was a step in the right direction Tuesday night with a solid home victory over a decent Stanford team. Lorenzo Brown is not a natural playmaker, but he can overpower smaller defenders, which he did last night. C.J. Leslie can be inconsistent, but is capable of greatness. Scott Wood was the big difference with his outside shooting against Stanford.
The conclusion is it’s going to take some time in the oven before this meal is ready for greatness.
Amazing margins, surprising scores:
UNC Asheville 79, Northeastern 73: The Huskies get their best player, Jonathan Lee, back from an injury and lose a home game to a beatable opponent. Noon start couldn’t have helped.
Yale 112, Albertus Magnus 63: What does Al Mag get out of this? A visit to downtown New Haven?
Providence 79, Colgate 45: The Friars will bear watching with their mid-season additions.
Miami 72, Central Florida 50: The U is going to be among the best in the ACC.
VCU 76, Western Kentucky 44: The Rams have been winning by some big margins. Julian Benbow might even have to start paying attention.
Kansas 87, Richmond 59: The Jayhawks continue to maul people, but they play Ohio State Saturday
Michigan State 64, Bowling Green 53: Here’s to Tom Izzo for playing this game at Bowling Green. Hopefully, his team will benefit.
Stephen F. Austin 56, Oklahoma 55: The Sooners struggled against Northwestern State at home earlier this season too. Not good news for their fans.
Holy Cross 71, San Francisco 65: The Cross traveled a long way to get a really nice win.
San Diego State. 76, Point Loma 49: The Aztecs have to find a better opponent.
UCLA 89, Long Beach State 70: Big win for Soap Opera U.
UC Riverside 91, Whittier 62: Beating up on Nixon’s alma mater. It usually takes the Highlanders three games to score this many points.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell