Welcome back to The Bandwagon . Before I reveal the second team on my early/pre-season bandwagon, let’s first look at those teams already on it:
Florida State 1-0
As always, let me know what you think of my bandwagon picks thus far and be sure to include your own bandwagon picks at the bottom of the page; I’d love to hear your thoughts. Now are you ready for my next bandwagon team?
There is a strange vibe surrounding the Big East this year. It seems that the usual leaders of the conference have taken a step back -- I mean you Connectut, Pittsburgh and Louisville -- while Villanova and West Virginia have both taken a big step forward. At least the experts seem to think so. I'll admit 'Nova and West Virginia do deserve some buzz, but I think the experts are making a mistake by overlooking some of the conferences top programs, such as Connecticut. When I made my selections, I was under the impression that UCONN was ranked lower than thirteenth – thus making them a bolder pick. I still feel they belong here though. It could be argued that Connecticut lost more following last season than any other team (North Carolina and Pittsburgh may be the only competing teams). However, Jerome Dyson returns, he’s scored better than nineteen ppg through the team’s first three games while also leading the team in assists. Kemba Walker is lightening-quick and will provide adequate scoring, while reserving his ability to explode in some games. Stanley Robinson is a tall 6-9 with great athleticism, everybody is expecting him to burst out this season and thus far he has. Helping out this threesome – and 6-9 senior forward Gavin Edwards – are three freshmen ranked better than seventy-fifth by rivals.com . Amongst the newcomers is Alex Oriakhi, a 6-9 center, who’s presence will be felt immediately on defense and on the boards – he leads the team in rebounds through three games averaging just more than ten a game. Joining him is 6-7 forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and off-guard Darius Smith, who is of the Kemba Walker mold. Suffice to say, the Huskies have a good mix of young and old on this year’s team. I understand they lost a lot; it is tough to imagine this team is better – especially after that game against Hofstra, right? – but give this team time and they’ll scare any team in the top ten. Looking at the schedule, Connecticut should cruise through their first five. On December ninth they’ll play Kentucky, at home, giving this team its first true test. If the younger players can learn to contribute offensively by then, I say they take that game to remain undefeated heading into Big East play at Cincinnati on December thirtieth.