Posted by disappointmentzone on 27 October 2006
The USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 preseason college basketball poll was just released. Fresh of an NCAA tourney championship and returning all five starters, Florida is the consensus #1. No surprise there. North Carolina is #2 (again, not much of a surprise) while Kansas is #3. Kansas is a very talented team, but in recent years the Jawhawks have shown no ability to survive in the NCAAs. That trend will probably end this season. NB: Kansas plays Florida on 11/25. The Ohio State Basketball Buckeyes are slated at #4, mostly on the promise of the best high school basketball player in the world, who is out until January. OSU sans Oden will face UNC on 11/29 and FLA on 12/23, by far the two toughest games of the season for the Buckeyes, at least on paper. Wisconsin is the only other team from the Big Ten to be ranked in the preseason (#9) and Bo Ryan always brings it, so those two games will be fun to watch, but the Big Ten by and large is in a down year. With a newly minted contract extension Thad Matta has a nice core of young, extremely talented players that everyone will be suggesting, come March (and probably sooner), will leave for the NBA draft sooner rather than later (at least they’ll be suggesting this about Oden). Just as the Cavs have LeBron James and his ground-breaking, can’t-believe-he-did-that-well-actually-yes-I-can three-year contract extension that will be prompting the liberal elite East Coast biased sports media to run rampant with rumors about LBJ’s inevitable departure to NYC, the OSU basketball team now has its own mini-James saga brewing over when Oden will leave the friendly confines of Columbus for, oh, well, probably NYC (although maybe Chicago since Thomas is an idiot). Excellent.