Archive for November, 2011
It’s been awhile, but we finally think we’ve figured this podcast thing out and hopefully things will start coming up more often.
In our second episode, Managing Editor John Terry talks with Sports Editor Michael Carvelli and Sports Writer Nick Arthur about the start of the college basketball season. We all give our picks to win the national title, Player of the Year, some sleepers and our outlook on the Big East Conference. We also look back at West Virginia’s loss to Northern Kentucky and preview the Mountaineers’ regular season opener against Oral Roberts.
Some corrections from the episode (because we’re human):
John said Memphis is in the SEC (they’re in Conference USA).
Nick called Vanderbilt’s star shooting guard Josh Jenkins (his name is John)
Michael called UConn sophomore Roscoe Smith Roscoe Davis. Also, called John Jenkins a senior (he’s a junior)
The final score of the WVU-Northern Kentucky game was 77-74, not 74-71.
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Connecticut lost the player who led them to the national championship last year. But even without Kemba Walker, that didn’t stop The Daily Athenaeum staff to pick the Huskies to win the Big East Conference this season.
UConn received eight of nine first-place votes. The only other team to receive a vote to win the league was Syracuse.
The DA chose Pittsburgh senior guard Ashton Gibbs as the league’s Player of the Year. Gibbs’ six votes beat out the three votes earned by Connecticut sophomore Jeremy Lamb.
UConn big man Andre Drummond was a unanimous selection for the Big East Rookie of the Year and Marquette head coach Buzz Williams was named the preseason Coach of the Year.
1. Connecticut (8)
2. Syracuse (1)
7. West Virginia
8. Notre Dame
11. St. John’s
13. Seton Hall
14. South Florida
All-Big East First Team
All-Big East Second Team
Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut
Maalik Wayns, Villanova
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jason Clark, Georgetown
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul
All-America First Team
All-America Second Team
All-America Third Team
Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Andre Drummond, Connecticut
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Led by sophomore forward and National Player of the Year candidate Harrison Barnes and an impressive supporting cast, North Carolina earned the No. 1 spot in The Daily Athenaeum’s preseason top 25 this season.
The Tar Heels return all five starters from last year, including senior center Tyler Zeller, juniors John Henson and Dexter Strickland and sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall.
North Carolina received four out of nine possible first-place votes in our poll. Connecticut, the defending national champions, received three votes for first, but found themselves ranked third in the country behind head coach John Calipari and the talented Kentucky Wildcats (which received one first-place vote).
The only other team to get a vote for first was Ohio State, led by sophomores Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft.
Six Big East Conference teams earned spots in the preseason rankings, including three in the top 10.
Teams that received votes but ended up just outside of the top 25 were California, Florida State, Michigan State, Temple, Minnesota, Texas and Butler.
1. North Carolina (4)
2. Kentucky (1)
3. Connecticut (3)
4. Ohio State
19. Texas A&M
Others Receiving Votes: California (15), Florida State (5), Temple (5), Michigan State (3), Minnesota (2), Texas (1), Butler (1)