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chisox311
04-30-2008, 12:58 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/luke_winn/04/28/power.rankings/index.html?eref=T1

I know there are some UConn fans here and I'm guessing you guys are as pumped as I am about next year! Thabeet's coming back, so our whole starting lineup from last year is in tact.
C) Thabeet (reigning national defensive POY, a near lock for 1st team all big east this year, is a senior for all intensive purposes)
PF) Adrien (reigning 1st team all big east, is a senior)
SF) Stanley Robinson (was a solid starter for us last year and has the potential to be 10x better)
SG) Craig Austrie (senior leader, great ft shooter, good decision maker)
PG) AJ Price (reigning 1st team all big east, could become all american candidate, final season of eligibility
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Relevant backups
PG) Kemba Walker (freshman, McDonalds All American)
SG) Jerome Dyson (could earn spot back, 14 ppg, 2 spg before suspension, lost job)
SG) Scott Haralson (freshman, apparently can shoot the lights out, hopefully a Rashad Anderson)
SG/SF) Nate Miles (6-7 freshman, natural SG but will probably get more time at the 3, still may not academically qualify to go here)
SF/PF) Gavin Edwards (solid off the bench last year, good athlete)
PF) Atar Majok (6-10 freshman out of Australia, 13th best high schooler overall according to Rivals)
C) Charles Okwandu (7-1 African/juco transfer. allegedly has a legit post game already)

Talk about a talented and deep team!!!

Devils05
04-30-2008, 01:42 AM
With Hansbrough still in the mix UNC, especially if Lawson happens to come back, will be the favorite

beelias07
04-30-2008, 02:36 AM
I'm bored with UCONN and their first round exits.

MoJay
04-30-2008, 09:38 AM
I don't think UCONN will be anything near the team to beat next year for some reason. I think they'll be good but won't play well next year

IndiansFan337
04-30-2008, 11:27 AM
AJ Price's ACL tear to end last season leaves some uncertainty about this team. That will prevent them being adequately ranked at the start of the season. If he is fully recovered by the end of the season they could end up peaking at the right time though.

arlubas
04-30-2008, 12:27 PM
They were supposed to be one of the best teams in the country last year as well but failed to capitalise and also didn't go far in the tourney as well. They have all the right pieces to be an elite program for next year but whether they do that or not is entirely up to them. Thabeet and Adrien will be beasts once again though and I am very confident that Kemba Walker will be a very good guy for them as well coming off the bench.

Padres Son
04-30-2008, 01:14 PM
The expectations this past year weren't nearly as high as they are for the upcoming year. The Price injury does concern me... does anyone know what the recovery timetable looks like? Will he be ready to go to start the season?

Walker looked awesome in the McDonalds game... can't wait to see what he can do, but I'm much more comfortable with an experienced PG in there.

chisox311
04-30-2008, 01:28 PM
They were supposed to be one of the best teams in the country last year as well but failed to capitalise and also didn't go far in the tourney as well.
A) At the beginning of last year, a lot of people had them as a fringe tournament team, so overall they exceeded expectations
B) Their all big east point guard tore his ACL 8 minutes into the game. They still should have beat San Diego St, but losing their playmaker and the glue of their team didn't make life easy at all for them.

The expectations this past year weren't nearly as high as they are for the upcoming year. The Price injury does concern me... does anyone know what the recovery timetable looks like? Will he be ready to go to start the season?

Walker looked awesome in the McDonalds game... can't wait to see what he can do, but I'm much more comfortable with an experienced PG in there.The surgery was in late March and they said it would take "up to six months" for it to heal. So, in terms of ACL injuries, it looks like he may have gotten lucky. If he's able to resume basketball related activities in October, he should be 100% by January when Big East play starts (and Kemba Walker can gain some experience in non-conference action if Price takes longer than expected to recover).

Wake's Fastball
04-30-2008, 02:40 PM
I really think they are. They're returning all five starters from a very good team last year. They'll have a dynomite scorer like Dyson coming off the bench, and I'm really of the opinion that Walker, Majok and Okwandu are one of the best incoming classes in the NCAA. The Huskies still have to learn how to beat the Friars though :D.

MoJay
04-30-2008, 07:10 PM
I'm from CT but I really don't see them being the team to beat

chisox311
05-01-2008, 02:00 AM
I'm from CT but I really don't see them being the team to beat
Are you a Conneticut fan?

I really think they are. They're returning all five starters from a very good team last year. They'll have a dynomite scorer like Dyson coming off the bench, and I'm really of the opinion that Walker, Majok and Okwandu are one of the best incoming classes in the NCAA. The Huskies still have to learn how to beat the Friars though :D.
Yeah, those bastards always give us a tough time for whatever reason

MoJay
05-01-2008, 10:51 AM
Are you a Conneticut fan?



Nah not really, I don't mind them but my favorite team is Ohio State
Like I wouldn't mind if they win or anything but they aren't my favorite.

Wake's Fastball
05-01-2008, 11:13 AM
Yeah, those bastards always give us a tough time for whatever reason

It's only going to be tougher now that we have a coach that actually knows something about how to manage a game.

JHG722
05-02-2008, 07:34 PM
Just like Nova, give em a few years and they'll be up there.

chisox311
05-03-2008, 01:18 AM
Just like Nova, give em a few years and they'll be up there.
:confused: They are widely considered a top 3 team. How up there do you have to get?

JHG722
05-03-2008, 01:50 AM
:confused: They are widely considered a top 3 team. How up there do you have to get?

I wasn't aware UConn was regarded so highly.

m26555
05-08-2008, 03:31 PM
I'm bored with UCONN and their first round exits.
You mean the ONE first-round exit they had this year when their best player got hurt? It's not like they've won two championships over the past nine years either, right? What an ignorant post.

Yes, UConn will be the team to beat in 2008-09.

BroadwayJoe
05-08-2008, 04:58 PM
let's go huskies! jimmy c's got a squad coming back next year. mark my words.

Casino
05-21-2008, 05:39 PM
Looking at some of these pre-pre-season Top 25's, the Big East is going to be loaded. UConn, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, West Virginia and Syracuse have been mentioned.

IndiansFan337
05-22-2008, 10:31 AM
I wasn't aware UConn was regarded so highly.
They aren't top 3.


Looking at some of these pre-pre-season Top 25's, the Big East is going to be loaded. UConn, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, West Virginia and Syracuse have been mentioned.
The Big East is always loaded. Then again, it's hard not to be when you have 16 teams. :eyebrow:

Casino
05-22-2008, 04:12 PM
They aren't top 3.

Who do you have ahead of them? Pitt? Carolina? Purdue?

Padres Son
05-22-2008, 04:50 PM
Rivals.com has them ranked #1 preseason.

slugfest504
05-22-2008, 06:21 PM
I have to say they are a bg time contender, but UNC has to be ontop, and UCLA could be there depending on who returns. Pitt also could do something, maybe get past the 2nd round this year.
Duke is also scary

Casino
05-22-2008, 06:41 PM
I have to say they are a bg time contender, but UNC has to be ontop, and UCLA could be there depending on who returns. Pitt also could do something, maybe get past the 2nd round this year.
Duke is also scary

I don't buy Duke. Especially, if they have not addressed their size issues.

King Henrik
05-22-2008, 07:21 PM
If Uconn is the team to beat in 08-09, then the quality of teams in NCAA must really suck. As a UConn fan and a former UConn student, I just cant see this group of guys out there winning it all. The team is full of pot-smoking thugs. However they should stay in the top25 all year and get a good seed in the tourney, and if they can get it together during the tourney than they have a chance to win it all, but that does not mean that they are the team to beat.

Wake's Fastball
05-23-2008, 12:58 AM
Looking at some of these pre-pre-season Top 25's, the Big East is going to be loaded. UConn, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, West Virginia and Syracuse have been mentioned.

You're forgetting one team.

(Hint: begins with "Pr", ends with "ovidence")

Casino
05-24-2008, 09:24 AM
If Uconn is the team to beat in 08-09, then the quality of teams in NCAA must really suck. As a UConn fan and a former UConn student, I just cant see this group of guys out there winning it all. The team is full of pot-smoking thugs. However they should stay in the top25 all year and get a good seed in the tourney, and if they can get it together during the tourney than they have a chance to win it all, but that does not mean that they are the team to beat.

Do you believe that's why USD outplayed them even with Price on the floor?

The Melky Way
05-24-2008, 09:28 AM
UCONN will be much better next season but Big East basketball is like SEC football, the conference is so competitive that teams beat up on each other that teams like Notre Dame and Providence will give them a good run for their money and if Donte Green would have stayed at Syracuse, I would have Syracuse near the top of the Big East.

Not to mention there are a lot of other teams across the nation that are just as talented and that will have a weaker schedule and conference tournament to go through, ie Florida (another good recruiting class by Donovan) and other powerhouses like UNC and Duke that are going to be right up there.

King Henrik
05-24-2008, 08:53 PM
Do you believe that's why USD outplayed them even with Price on the floor?

who knows, this past year's experience will only help them though. But it is a fact that multiple players on the team toke up during the school year, dyson was the only one stupid enough to get caught during the season.

Casino
05-30-2008, 01:14 PM
You're forgetting one team.

(Hint: begins with "Pr", ends with "ovidence")

They made a good start by getting a good coach.

sirfreshness
06-09-2008, 04:28 PM
I know they have been over-hyped before and lost their "magic" in the last few seasons but if (aka when) Jeremy Pargo pulls out of the draft Gonzaga is going to be extremly tough. They really are losing anything off of a solid group and if Heyfelt can avoid shrooming and injury they are going to be stacked especially if Austin Daye gains a little more weight they are going to be deeper and overall more talented than they have ever been. If they can find a way to keep their level of play up throughout conference play (which should happen with the WAC improving) and come to the dance more prepared they should be tough come March.

Casino
06-30-2008, 12:24 PM
I know they have been over-hyped before and lost their "magic" in the last few seasons but if (aka when) Jeremy Pargo pulls out of the draft Gonzaga is going to be extremly tough. They really are losing anything off of a solid group and if Heyfelt can avoid shrooming and injury they are going to be stacked especially if Austin Daye gains a little more weight they are going to be deeper and overall more talented than they have ever been. If they can find a way to keep their level of play up throughout conference play (which should happen with the WAC improving) and come to the dance more prepared they should be tough come March.

I don't know how the WAC improving is going to affect Gonzaga since they play in the WCC.

Casino
06-30-2008, 12:25 PM
Right now, you have to look to Carolina as the team to beat in 09.

Ghouse
06-30-2008, 12:45 PM
Yea they are with all their big players coming back, but go TIGERS.

18colts29
07-02-2008, 08:25 PM
No, they wont even make eltie 8

chisox311
07-22-2008, 03:15 PM
Right now, you have to look to Carolina as the team to beat in 09.
yeah, now that UNC has Lawson, Green, and Ellington coming back, they have to be the team to beat. But UConn will without doubt be up there.

BTW, word is that Thabeet has made big strides this offseason (metaphorically). http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/ci_9894183

Also, Kemba Walker was declared the tournament MVP for the international 18 and under tournament.

Also, Price is recovering well. http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19863805&BRD=1645&PAG=461&dept_id=17758&rfi=6

ugadawgsfan17
07-23-2008, 04:47 PM
UNC has all their starters returning and they have a top-notch recruiting class; they are the team to beat as far as I'm concerned

CrippledRam
07-24-2008, 11:21 AM
UNC all the way. Louisville is going to be scary too though. They lost one starter off an elite eight team (Padgett) and added a top 5 big man (Samuels) to replace him.

MoJay
07-24-2008, 12:09 PM
Ya for some reason I think Louisville is gonna be pretty nasty

P.S. I am not a Louisville fan

arlubas
07-24-2008, 03:45 PM
You can always count on a Rick Pittino squad to make the Final4 out of nowhere, that's for sure. But Louisville has been solid for years now and if Caracter returns as well they are one of the front runners for an April appearance imo.