"The Bandwagon" is simple: throughout the season [college hoops] I will periodically name teams whose bandwagons I am officially jumping on (or off). These are teams I think of in high esteem, teams I think are on the rise, or are at least an interesting sleeper team. To start the college basketball season off right, I have choosen ten teams whose bandwagons am either starting or jumping on -- they will be released throughout the early part of the week. I will monitor the performance of these teams, and continuously reevaluate whose bandwagon I'm on -- and in some cases driving, right? To start the season off right, I am on the bandwagon of at least one team in each of the six BCS conferences. My pre/early season thoughts on each of these bandwagon teams will accompany their selection. Feel free (and please do) let me know what you think of my selections and post whose bandwagon you are on as well.
Florida State (ACC)
Many experts say its a down year for the ACC this season, they instead favor the top heavy Big 10 and Big 12, but the ACC is incredibly deep this season. In part because of the Seminoles. Florida State returns a pair of guys in the frontcourt: the 7-1 Solomon Alabi, a highly skilled big man and Chris Singleton, a 6-9 sophmore, who I have yet to get a good read on. The front court will have to be a strength this season after Florida St. lost top guard Toney Douglas. They do return three guards, however, including 6-4 junior Derwin Kitchen who will at least share ball-handling responsibilities, he is a good rebounder - averageing 4.6 rpg in 08/09 - and will look to up his shooting this season as well. The other two holdovers are: Luke Luocks, a 6-5 sophmore point guard and Deividas Dulkys a 6-5 shooting guard who makes his mark behind the arc (not intentionally looking to rhyme). Joining them in the backcourt is one of my favorite freshman in all of college basketball this season -- and perhaps the biggest reason for the Seminoles' inclusion on this list -- Michael Snaer. Snaer is a 6-5 shooting guard with explosive scoring ability and athletism. He can get it done by getting to the basket or from outside. He will be this team's leading scorer. I absolutely love this team's size. I realize "it's all about the guard-play", but oversized players at three positions [with Alabi, Kitchen and Snaer at the 5, 1 and 2] should cause a lot of teams some problems. I question, however, this team's depth and possibly more importantly, their ball-handler -- I prefer both Snaer and Kitchen off the ball. Florida State has a fair non-conference schedule. They'll play four early road games, including @ fellow bandwagon team, Florida and @ Ohio State. At worst this team goes 5-2 before going to Georgia Tech on December 20th to kick off their ACC season, but I think they can easily handle an unexperienced Florida team this easy in the season. Ohio State will be the real test, the Buckeyes are experienced and skilled, and perhaps most importantly at home. However, if they can take that road game, or maybe even play tough and stay in it till the end, I think they will have turned some heads going into conference play. This team is not better without Toney Douglas -- they're better with Michael Snaer
So, what do you think of my first bandwagon