Vegas Odds to Win It All: Preseason Review--Rush The Court
Your value teams this year are plentiful. You could buy Baylor (#16 at 3.2%), Butler (#24 at 2.0%), Washington (#24 at 2.0%), California (#42 at 1.0%), Xavier (#42 at 1.0%), AND the field (#12 at 4.8%) for less than the price of one Kentucky (16.7% vs. 14.0%). Your field this year would include Temple, VCU, New Mexico, Old Dominion, Creighton, Wichita State and everyone’s mid-major darlings this season, Belmont and Harvard. Jordan: “Baylor — maybe the most athletic team in the nation; Xavier — Tu, balanced attack around a superstar; Butler — pretty self-explanatory; Cal — our favorite in the Pac-12.”
Preseason Polls: Who Tends to be Overrated and Underrated?--Rush The Court
A more interesting observation may be in the Cinderellas of the college basketball world where their performances are widely divergent. Butler, BYU, and Xavier (bear with me Musketeer fans on the “Cinderella” description) all rank near the top in exceeding their preseason ranking while Gonzaga, the archetypal modern-day Cinderella, is near the bottom of the list. There are probably a myriad of reasons for Gonzaga’s underperformance including that most people no longer even consider them to be a Cinderella and consequently they get treated as such in preseason polls so they don’t have as much room to move up in the polls as the season progresses although this doesn’t seem to affect many other teams that are traditionally highly ranked.
14 Butler basketball games on TV--The Indy Star
Woods is one to watch--Indy Star Butler Insider
MyINDY-TV To Broadcast 12 Butler Basketball Games--ButlerSports.com
TIQ Player Ratings Reveals Top Returning Talent--Hoopville
As we prepare for the 2011-12 season, let’s take a look back at the top players from the 2010-11 season. To tally the top 50, I added the top players in various statistical categories to the list of players from major conferences. That adds the likes of Cleveland State’s Norris Cole, College of Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock and Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried to a list that predictably includes Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams.
In fact, Cleveland State’s Cole (TIQ = 39.6 points) and College of Charleston’s Goudelock (TIQ = 39.4 points) come in at No. 1 and 2 for their ridiculously great performances last season.
Cole proved he could be a prolific scorer, averaging 21.7 ppg last season. However, he didn’t stop there. Cole also delivered 5.8 rpg and 5.3 apg for the Vikings. That’s a sick stat line, worthy of the No. 1 spot in the rankings. He didn’t receive much serious consideration for All-American status, but the AP writers did name him as an honorable mention for their list.
Rank Team Class Player TIQ / 40 Minutes % Minutes Played Real Total Impact / Game NBA Draft Status
1 Cleveland State Sr. Norris Cole 39.6 89.2 35
Kate Peterson Abiad Talks About Preseason Poll (Oct. 19)--Let's Go Vikes!
UIC Athletics Extends Broadcast Agreement with ESPN Chicago--uicflames.com
Men's Basketball Red-Blue Scrimmage Set for October 28--uicflames.com
Phoenix Practices Focus on Defense and Intensity--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Men's Basketball Goes Paintballing--uwgbathletics.com
Green Bay Holds Annual Green & White Scrimmage--uwgbathletics.com
Top 10 opponents await Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Horizon League turns taller among top returners--Wright State University Sports
Raider Connection Q&A: Brian Wardle, Green Bay basketball coach--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Butler--Wright State University Sports
Wright State freshman forward Tavares Sledge raps … about a frog--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Valparaiso--Wright State University Sports
Horizon League Focus: League hopes to build on improved attendance--Wright State University Sports
Previewing WSU opponents: Wisconsin-Milwaukee--Wright State University Sports
Adams Added As Speaker for Preseason Luncheon--wsuraiders.com