Thursday, January 26, 2006

Who is Up, Who is Down

Now that we are about 1/3 of the way into the conference season, lets take a
look at who has been surprising and who has disappointed so far.

ACC
Surprising: Virginia (10-6, 4-2)
The Cavaliers are off to hot start this season under first year coach Dave
Leito.  The Cavs have knocked off UNC, Clemson, Miami, and Virginia Tech so
far.  Many picked this team (myself included) to finish at the top bottom of
the pack.  Virginia will have some tough road tests coming up though against
Duke and NC State.

Disappointing: Wake Forest (12-7, 1-5)
So I guess Chris Paul did mean that much to Wake.  The Deacons have
struggled mightily this year with their lone win over a young Georgia Tech
team at home.  Home losses to FSU and DePaul have put the Deacs in a hole.
The conference schedule should get a little bit easier, but most every home
game is a must win from here on.


SEC
Surprising: Tennessee (12-3,3-1)
The Volunteers under first year Head Coach Bruce Pearl have shocked everyone
in the SEC with their play so far this year.  Count victories at Texas and
at home versus Florida to knock the Gators from the ranks of the unbeatens
(and a shot at a #1 ranking). The Vols losses are at Okla. St, at LSU, and
at Memphis.  A start like this puts some of the football seasons misery
behind.

Disappointing: Kentucky (13-6,3-2)
Blowout losses to rival Indiana and Kansas put the Wildcats in this spot.
Vanderbilt came in and snapped a 31 year winless streak at Rupp Arena.  Poor
outside shooting and a lack on inside presence (until the return of Randolph
Morris) have led to one of the worse seasons since 1990.  But, Kentucky has
won its past three conference games and there is a lot of basketball to be
played.

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