USA Today Preseason Top-25
By: Zac Bonzheim
USA Today just released their annual Preseason Coaches Poll. Many offseason developments changed a few positions of some perennial contenders. The eligibility of Marvin Bagley and the most recent FBI investigation into college basketball had the largest impact on the current field. The addition of Bagley positioned the Blue Devils atop the rankings with the most number one votes. The highly touted Michigan State Spartans led by Miles Bridges came in second with nine number one votes. Kentucky and Kansas both entered the poll with no number one votes while Florida was able to sneak one away. (NOTE: Michigan State vs. Duke and Kentucky vs. Kansas will be November 14th in Chicago) Both teams in the national championship last spring, North Carolina and Gonzaga were left outside the top five and neither received any top votes. Louisville saw a
A Critical Piece on Brian Bowen and Louisville Basketball
By: Zachery Bonzheim
June 2017: Brian Bowen, Small Forward, 6-7, 194 lbs , La Lumiere School, Saginaw MI, Top-20 National Recruit, Consensus Future NBA Player, LOUISVILLE COMMIT
October 2017: Brian Bowen, the center of an FBI investigation surrounding the darkest parts of college basketball.
Brian Bowen is what was you may have inferred from the first line. Bowen was kid built to play basketball and at the highest level. Bowen ended up being a good player with bad people around him.
Bowen was largely recruited by one program throughout high school. This program was Michigan State. Tom Izzo was interested in Bowen going into his sophomore year at Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, Michigan. Bowen had many influences to attend Michigan State. Jason Richardson, MSU great, ex-NBA player, and
CBS Unofficial Coaches Poll
By: Zachery Bonzheim
CBS recently made their own unofficial preseason “Coaches Poll”. This poll was unique in the way that all of those polled were completely anonymous and unlike the “USA Today Coaches Poll”, instead of ranking the Top 25 teams, they were asked specific questions and their answers were polled. At the bottom of the page is a link to the CBS article. The most prominent piece in the article was when CBS asked: “Who will be the best team in 2017-18?”. Results may shock some, but those who have been engaged with the numerous preseason rankings will see a lot of familiar faces. Arizona led the vote with 40%, followed by Michigan State (28%), Duke (9%), Kansas (9%), Louisville (6%), and only three other teams even received multiple votes. Those teams being Wichita State, Villanova, and Kentucky. CBS also noted that USC
Mid-Summer Preseason Rankings
By Zachery Bonzheim
It’s the middle of the summer and the NBA Draft has just finished. We saw numerous underclassmen leave early and yet still, some decided to postpone their professional careers for another chance of raising a banner to come April. With recruits falling into place and the early entry period over (along with the draft itself), next year’s team are shaping up for in their final forms. Who is the team to beat and what teams saw stars leave for the draft? Here is a mid-summer preseason top 25.
1) Michigan State- Michigan State clocks in at number one on this preseason poll, why? Miles Bridges, yes the one that was a lock for the NBA lottery, decided to Sparty On for another year. Michigan State will return every single member of their best recruiting class ever