Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
College Basketball Notes: Men’s And Women’s
NEW YORK — If you’re a fan of the Big East or the ACC, enjoy the ride this year. The Final Four could well be comprised of four teams from these two prestigious Conferences.
The Big East boasts both UConn, the defending National Champion and Syracuse. Both have more than impressibe frontlines. UConn can send out 6-11 sophomore Charlie Villaneuva, 6-10 Josh Boone, 6-8 Georgia Tech transfer Ed Nelson and super frosh 6-9 Rudy Gay.
The latter would most likely have been a lottery pick in the NBA draft if he had turned pro. Syracuse brings the nation 6-8 senior Hakim Warrick,a player of the year candidate and one of those rare seniors who eschewed the NBA draft for a degree.
Warrick came up huge against a very good Princeton team Friday night,scoring 20 points on 5-9 shooting from the field along with adding 6 rebounds.That is a mouthful considering that the game was played consistent with the Princeton style and won by Syracuse 56-45. The final score was deceptive because it was a 3 point game through most of the second half.
The win sends Syracuse to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in the semi-finals of the annual Coaches Against Cancer Tournament.While UConn and others are feasting on lesser opponents, Syracuse gets to strut their wares before a national audience in November
In the ACC, UNC has 6-9 senior Sean May,son of former Indiana star Scott May and a cast of talented frosh. Wake Forest returns every scholarship player from a Sweet Sixteen team. Eric Williams, a 6-9 center will have many touches in the paint. His 275 pounds won’t be easy to push around.