Take four returning senior starters from a 27-win team. Add a bunch of big-time freshmen. What do you get? The nation's No. 1 team.This pains me, not so much in my irrational dislike of Duke's team and 98% of the students who went there, but in the fact that Dick Vitale will be taking his "Cameron Crazies" and "All Hail Coach K" up a notch - all season long. That is a long season. "Dunkeroo!"
That talented mix of experience and youth has carried Duke to the top spot in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Blue Devils (27-6 last season), returning All-Americans J.J. Redick and SheldenWilliams, received 28 of a possible 31 first-place votes and 767 points, easily pushing them past Connecticut, which landed at No. 2.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Insult to Injury
Sadly, the preseason college basketball picks are out. Let the hype begin. Take it away ESPN.com: