Now that conference play has started let us take a look at the biggest questions lingering in college basketball.
1. Will Tar Heel fans and haters please stop over-reacting? As everyone knows I am NOT a fan of UNC and their 0-2
start in the ACC along with their 10-5 overall start puts a smile on my face, but the fans calling for head coach
Roy Williams to step down is absurd. Not only is this the guy you were wetting your pants over to get for years, he
came to your school and won 2 national titles. You just lost the majority of your team to the NBA, it’s going to be
a down season. But you’ll come back from it. Remember you came back from the disastrous ’02 season and won a title
just a few seasons later. And for the media, you guys know better. Roy is Roy and this team still has some talent.
Sure they are 0-2 now but they could rattle off a few wins and be right back into the hunt for an NCAA tournament
birth. I can’t believe I just defended the Tar Heels.
2. How much does Texas A & M love their move to the SEC? I’m going to guess a lot. Not only did their football team
go 10-2 in their 1st season in the conference, they had the Heisman Trophy winner, and won the Cotton Bowl in a
landslide over one of their former rivals. Now their basketball team is playing well and combined with fellow newcomer
Missouri (ranked #10 nationally) they are 23-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play. For everyone who kept saying the
Aggies (and Tigers) would not fare well in their new home, I think the two teams are proving they like the change just
fine. Their next two games can show us what they are made up when they play at Kentucky and then host #11 Florida.
3. Is Duke really this good? Yes they are and they have a chance to not only separate themselves in the ACC but also
nationally when they play #20 NC State this weekend. Even though the undefeated Blue Devils will be without starter Ryan
Kelly due to injury, the #1 team in the sport will showcase big man Mason Plumlee and look for a lot of scoring from
Seth Curry and Quinn Cook. If the Devils can win in Raleigh without Kelly there could be nothing stopping them from an
undefeated season until a trip to Chapel Hill on March 9th where they take on their rival UNC.
4. Is anyone afraid of UCLA and Kentucky? If you aren’t, you should be. On December 2nd the pair of traditional
powerhouses were written off my everyone in the media and had a combined record of 9-6, which is horrible. However
a month later the Bruins and Wildcats have gone a combined 14-1 with the only loss being 80-77 by Kentucky at then #4
Louisville, no shame in that. UCLA is 3-0 in Pac 12 play and Kentucky edged Vanderbilt to start the SEC 1-0. The
Bruins only play Oregon once (and that’s a home game) while looking forward to their biggest foes this year #4 Arizona.
Meanwhile the defending National Champions get #11 Florida twice later in the season and host #10 Missouri. We should
see these two storied programs back in the tournament later this year with the ability to make some serious noise.
5. Can the Charlotte 49ers make a run for the Atlantic 10? Absolutely. The 49ers are led by Chris Braswell and Demario
Mayfield and are currently sitting 13-2, 1-0. Their schedule sets up quite nicely with a trip to Rhode Island and then
a home game vs Fordham. Charlotte can be 15-2, 3-0 before their first scare at Richmond. If the 49ers pass that test
they are looking pretty as they only play #14 Butler and Virginia Commonwealth once each. Their only losses are at Miami
and a close 79-76 game against Florida State. If Charlotte gets good play out of sophomore Pierria Henry, they could be
looking at a good seed in the NCAA tournament and be poised for a run at the sweet 16.
–Bruce Wilson blogs for 610 AM WFNZ The Fan and at BruceDogg.Wordpress.com. He is the owner of Superior Car Service and is currently working on his first novel. You can follow him on Twitter @BruceRWilson
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