As 2009 draws to a close, I could not be more excited for college basketball. My renewed commitment to follow the Orange have resulted in stellar performances in the first two months, and hope is they keep it up and score six big wins in March!
But what I say next will stir some heads and create some doubt, but I'm not sold on this SU squad just yet. Potential is something this team will neve lack, which is scary given the way they've played. But conference play has yet to begin, and my heart is lying on the side of caution when I crown a national champion.
I am not going to make any arguements about how SU's big wins against UNC, Cal, and Florida don't seem as big as they did at the start of the season, because no matter the year, these teams are tough and hard to beat, let alone by an average of 15 or so points.
The only reason I doubt the Orange heading into Big Easy play is because of how Seton Hall played 6th ranked WVU. The two teams were evenly matched despite WVU being the favorite, and my point is that Seton Hall is a good team, not a great team, and they took WVU to overtime today. I was surfing the net and saw some sports analyst had SU going undefeated in conference play, and as much as I'd like tosee it happen, it probably won't. The Big East is going to be a test game after game for the remainder of the season, no Colgates from here on out.
We will see how SU performs Tuesday against Seton Hall, and as th seaon progresses I will hope to be proven wrong. But even now it may be too soon to call the 5th ranked Orange National Champions.
We shall see, GO ORANGE!