The Grand National Championships

December 28, 2008

What do we know about the Big East?

It’s a great defensive conference, that’s to be sure. It’s rich in high-caliber. Also true. But let’s break it down piece by piece, shall we?

Note: This is as the thoughts come into my head, so…let’s go.

1. Georgetown (The simple reason they’re good? They take good shots and force bad shots. That’s why they’re good.)
2. Pittsburgh (DeJuan Blair is a modern day Danny Fortson. He is what he is, like Lots and Lots of Trains!)
3. West Virginia (Too young to stay in the upper echelon. However? Darryl Bryant, Devin Ebanks, and Kevin Jones are a core that does have skills and swagger.)
4. UConn (You know A.J. Price. You know Jerome Dyson. You feel Thabeet. But after all that? Jeff Adrien is your glue guy.)
5. Louisville (Yeah, there’s the inconsistencies. We get it. But Samardo Samuels is a sexy beast of a Freshman Sensational low-post threat and Earl Clark is training to duel Josh Smith for the title of Greatest modern Salad Bar hoopster. There can be only one!)
6. Notre Dame (Yeah, we get Harangody and McAlarney. We do. But you know what? Ryan Ayers is the glue to this team. Watch him.)
7. Villanova (Dante Cunningham is killing the non-conference schdule this season. He’s just a salad bar of frontcourt awesome.)
8. Syracuse (All Rick jackson does is freelance and make big plays in the low post. Also? I know why Jim Boeheim fought so hard to keep an immature manchild like Eric Devendorf. He’s the only one who can shoot better than 75% from the line.)
9. Cincinnati (Deonta Vaughn is an offensive stud, but the reason why Cincinatti has been so good so far? Offensive rebounding.)
10. Marquette (For such a small team, they are remarkably competent in terms of their rebounding. Also? Lazar Heyward and Jerel McNeal are the truth.)
11. Providence (Geoff McDermott and Randall Hanke are a low-post Kid ‘n’ Play for the Peter Griffin state.)
12. Seton Hall (They foul. A lot. But with the fast hands of the 36 Chambers of Paul Gause? It’s justifiable.)
13. St. John’s (It’s a young team that fattened up upon the dregs of the NCAA, but if Malik Boothe learns to take care of the ball? They just might have a three year window for great justice.
14. DePaul (They need a distributor. They have two great pieces. But while Mac Koshwal has been pretty solid, Dar Tucker is not that good at the whole shot selection thing. And that is why they lost to Morgan State.)
15. Rutgers (They are almost a simalcrum of St. John’s. But they have Hamady N’Diaye and Gregory Echenique. They handled the low post with surprising defensive aplomb. And if Corey Chandler and Mike Rosario can move from gunners to scorers? There is a future in Piscataway.)
16. USF (There’s a redundancy problem. Dominique Jones and Jesus Verdejo cannot co-exist. Dominique Jones is a poor man’s Verdejo. If one left? Then the other can shine.)

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