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The Duke Blue Devils once again regained the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll after the previous week's top four - Kansas, Ohio State, San Diego State, and Texas - all lost enabling the then fifth-ranked Blue Devils to jump to the top. However, the news of Duke being amongst college basketball's elite isn't news, but the St. John's Red Storm being ranked in the top 25 is news! The last time St. John's was ranked in the coaches poll was in 2000, but even more important, the last time they were in the NCAA Tournament was in 2002. Considering their record (17-9; 9-5 in the Big East), the Red Storm have a really good shot to make the party known as March Madness this year. Head coach Steve Lavin is in his first season as St. John's man on the sideline and has given the Red Storm faithful something to cheer about again. New York basketball isn't the same unless St. John's is doing well and considering the recent trade for Carmelo Anthony by the New York Knicks, it's safe to say that New York hoops is back in a big way.
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Much to the chagrin of Kansas head coach Bill Self, forward Julian Wright made the decision Monday to enter the NBA draft, and skip his last two college basketball years. Julian Wright insists that money was not a factor in his decision.
““Money has never been my motivation, It’s not my family’s (motivation). Mostly, just playing and feeling like I’m able to advance my game to the next level. It’s not about the money. I’m just happy and grateful to have the opportunity.”
The former McDonalds all American did not hire an agent, so he would be eligible to return to Kansas before the draft. He’s known for having superior athleticism for a player of his size (6’8 inches tall, 225 pounds). He’s played numerous positions for Kansas, including point guard, small forward, and power forward. Wright’s announcement of entering the NBA draft was fairly unexpected, as he stated numerous times that he wouldn’t enter the NBA draft no matter his performance during his sophomore season.
If you tuned in to Selection Sunday, you must’ve seen Billy Packer and Jim Nantz bashing the selection committee, not allowing chairman Craig Littlepage defend himself. Nantz was arguing that the Missouri Valley Conference had four teams in their conference make the big dance, the same number as the majors ACC and Big 12. Nantz tried to point out all these numbers of well the ACC has more wins, and when the mid-majors have gotten into the tournament, they haven’t won. Well, what do you analysts expect? Of course the power majors are going to get more wins if they get more bids and higher seeds. Give the smaller schools a break, what school are you really crying about not getting a bid? Cincinnati? Michigan? Florida State? What did those teams do to deserve to get in? My only gripe was the low 8th seed to George Washington and Gonzaga getting a 3 seed rather than a deserved 2 seed.
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