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Mailbag: Big Ten-ACC, MWC, UCLA
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 29, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
The improvement of Cashmere Wright each season of his career has been striking, and for those looking to jump ship after one season, it speaks to the benefits of a full college career. Wright’s play has been impressive. But, look, I think “impulse buying” is dangerous. And I am not going to put Wright as a first-team Big East player over Peyton Siva after Wright scores 28 points against Campbell – yes, Campbell – and both teams have played exactly zero Big East games. Louisville will have to be dealt with this season and as will Siva. I really like both as players; I just don’t feel it’s time to bail on Siva.
The ACC performed better than I expected, that’s for sure. Let’s be honest, I would have bet my steak dinner last night – nearly did, really — that Michigan State would have beaten Miami. But I remember what Frank Haith told me before this season: This was the year he thought the Hurricanes could do the most damage. And I would not be surprised to see a shakeup of what we all thought about the ACC standings before the season. Maryland may be quite good. And I admit it, NC State – gulp – may not be quite as good as thought. After beating Ohio State – which reached the Final Four last season, just in case any so-called experts forgot that — Duke can take a month off and have the nation’s best resume. All that said, the Big Ten remains the nation’s best conference in my mind.
I’ve said it for a while now, I expect to see Ohio make another run this season. You’ve got the core of the team back from the squad I saw make the Sweet 16 run last season. And to be honest, the number that I watch most closely – in addition to South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters’ daily statistical totals – is the shooting percentage of one D.J. Cooper. Cooper can be a high volume shooter. In another words, he is apt to keep jacking shots up regardless of the … [For more on Mailbag: Big Ten-ACC Challenge, MWC, UCLA's stumbles, click here.]
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