As usual we’ll start with a review of the teams already apart of my bandwagon:
Florida State (ACC) 1-0
Connecticut (Big East) 3-0
As always, let me know what you think below. Tell me what you think of teams already in my bandwagon. Tell me which teams are apart of your bandwagon. Try to guess which seven teams will round out my bandwagon. Let’s get some interaction going.
I’m moving onto the representative from the SEC. The experts say the South East is much improved, but I’m not yet buying into that thought. Kentucky is Memphis of the last several years, only in a tougher conference – so they’ll lose a few games. After Kentucky its Tennessee, whom I like as well, they’ve got three or four possible All-SEC performers. However, the team who is joining my bandwagon is neither of these teams, but it is a recent back-to-back champion.
Florida (SEC) 1-0
The argument I’ve heard against Florida is that they lost their top player, their top scorer, their top playmaker – of course all of whom all Nick Calathes – how can they be better. It was the same for Connecticut and partly the same with Florida State – with the loss of Toney Douglas. Throw out all comparisons to last year. It’s a new season anything can happen. The talent as a whole is down, in my opinion. Florida is one of the most solid team’s I’ve come across. They return sophomore Alex Tyus, who will shift to hi natural power forward position this year, he will likely lead the team in rebounds and could lead them in scoring as well – he averaged 12.5 ppg his freshmen year. Also returning is 5-8 sophomore guard Erving Walker , who averaged 10.1 ppg last year despite playing in Calathes’ shadow – and it was a literal shadow, Calathes is 6-6 to Walker’s 5-8, ha! Junior Chandler Parsons is a personal favorite of mine. He led the team with fourteen points in their season opener. His emergence will be a key determinant in Florida’s season. Joining the above three holdovers is top recruit Kenny Boynton, a 6-2 off guard who will immediately step in as one of the team’s top scoring threats, he scored twelve in the opener. Helping out the front court is Georgetown transfer Vernon Macklin, who will step in at the five to provide defense, rebounds and some low post points; he scored thirteen and grabbed eight rebounds in the first game. He’s an excellent complement to Tyus. Senior forward Dan Werner will also contribute; he averaged 8.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg last season in a starting role. Freshmen Erik Murphy, a 6-10 forward, whom rivals.com likens to former Gator Matt Bonner . I really like this Gators team; they’re good in the frontcourt with depth there and they’re good in the backcourt, admittedly with less depth. The question is, are they great anywhere? I tend to think that frontcourt of Tyus, Macklin and Parsons is great. Florida will get a couple of early tests as they take on Florida State November twenty-forth, they go to #2 Michigan State on November twenty-seventh and take on another “great” frontcourt in Syracuse, at home, December tenth. Other than those three games they coast to SEC season, when they go to Vanderbilt on January ninth. It’s my impression that they will lose all three early tests and go into SEC season 10-3, which isn’t bad, but they’ll be without a good win. Stealing one of those games, most likely either Fla. St. or Syracuse at home, would go a long way to ensuring their March plans.