Fall has broke. The leaves are falling, there’s a chill in the air, and All Hallows Eve is right around the corner. The college basketball season is upon us, finally.
Matts Stats – Last year we were given a special treat as Matt Hoover gave us some historical perspective on our Jays – needed by most as we were coming off the worst season in the last 20 years.
Matt’s stats were a timely boost to kick off what turned out to be a normal year for the Jays – winning 20 and making a postseason appearance – albeit the NIT. The Jays appeared to be on the verge of breaking out several times throughout the season, but the end of season swoon killed any hopes of making the NCAAs.
This year (as in most years) is full of preseason promise. Many Jays faithful have enlarged expectations, so ol’ git is not an outlier this season. Here’s the WBR link to Matt’s column for WBR last year, as a refresher.
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Media Prognostication -Most of Big Media has given the nod to the Jays, as many expect this team to be good…and potentially great. The team has landed in several preseason polls (AP & Coach’s pending) including Blue Ribbon, Athlon, Lindy’s, CBS, ESPN, and others. As others will quickly point out – this means nothing. Polls are a beauty contest, judged by folks with short, faulty, and jaundiced memory.
However, I am anticipating this season with my normal overly optimistic, bluetinted viewpoint, and bias. With the talent, experience, and depth currently aboard the opportunity is here for our Bluejays to make a big statement on the national level. I for one, am confident the Jays will exceed our expectations this year.
BEAST Recruiting – The Big East is killing it this recruiting cycle. Now, don’t get me wrong as several BE teams consistently recruit at the high level. But it appears to my untrained eye, that all of the BEast is firing on all cylinders this 2017 cycle, recruiting wise. My bud, ol’ Stever2o (the stalwart AAC troll and G’twn fan?) has continued his trolling spin to knock the current Big East recruiting efforts. But Steverrrr aside, the vast majority of folks over on HolylandofHoops.com would agree that 2017 is becoming an exceptionally good recruiting cycle.
Shooting Ducks – A couple of the stalwart media talking heads have moved. Perhaps for better dollars, more prestige and exposure, or merely wanting a new challenge. Both Evan Daniel and Jon Rothstein have moved among others.
Evan Daniels to Fox Sports and FS1. College Basketball Insider.
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@FS1‘s, @FoxSports College Basketball Insider | Committees: USA Basketball & McDonaldsThe Gym
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College Basketball Insider for CBS Sports, WFAN, and the FanRag Sports Network. Host of the
#CollegeHoopsToday Podcast for Compass Media. AP voter.NYC
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