With the season roughly half way over or somewhere close, who do you guys think is the most surprising team in basketball?
My vote goes to Butler. After nearly upsetting Tennessee last year, they graduated five seniors. There leading scorer was a sophomore in Matt Howard. They were predicted to finish 5th in the Horizon. Plus, they came into the season with three freshman starting. However, after beating UIC today, they are 16-1 and the only undefeated left in their conference and ranked 17th in the nation. Mighty impressive for a young squad.
Would it be blasphemy to suggest that Louisville, who is currently struggling, might be better positioned to succeed in the tourney than Wake?
I gave Miami more props at the beginning of the year than I gave Clemson, and I gave Wake squat. They weren't even on my radar. I'm dying to see us play them, they are the real deal for now.
I'm going with Wake and Syracuse. I knew Wake was talented but I thought they'd collapse during the first real competitive team they faced, that hasn't happened yet. 'Cuse looked bad against G'town but has been pretty solid other than that game, enough to get a top 10 ranking. They'd fallen off the radar after McNamara graduated.
Top disappointment goes to ND, they played so well last year but they seem really inconsistent this year, not very deep either.
I guess the fact that the best college basketball team ever assembled has two losses isn't a surprise to readers of this board!
I'd add Illinois to the discussion.
Based on preseason expectations, I'd have to say the most surprising team is UNC. This team was supposedly invincible with all the balance, talent, depth, experience...etc. Did anyone in their right minds think they would start the ACC season 0-2? That has to be the biggest surprise.
Ofcourse they're still probably the best team in the country and I fully expect them to handle Miami tonight despite their sporadic, poorly prepared D. I also still expect them to fulfill preseason expectations in March and April, sadly.
arizona st looking pretty good. Go Herb! I guess he wasn't the problem after all down the road.
I agree with the Louisville call. Pitino typically has his teams in ferocious physical condition, and this year they seem even fitter than usual. They played like it today.
Good: Wake and Syracuse.
Both teams are off to great starts. Hopefully, that will continue for both teams.
I didn't believe they'd go undefeated, but I also didn't think they would start conference play by losing their first two games.
I'd have to go with Syracuse. Thought they'd be close to the bottom of the Big-Touted-Big East. (And can't believe that the pundits are still hawking the Big East as the top league in the NCAA. Ridiculous).
Almost every team in the ACC, on a given night could wipe the floor of the Big East teams. --- Pitt might be the exception.
The most surprising team has to be the Heels. Not only is it surprising that they have two losses, it's also surprising that teams are bothering to show up to play them. Didn't these teams read the preseason reports and don't they know that resistance is futile in the face of the Heels?