Monday, October 30, 2006

Preseason Pitter-Patter

The foot pads of the 2006-07 season can be heard with clarity.

1. The MVC coaches like Creighton to win the league. SIU, Wichita State, and Missouri State are tabbed as top challengers.

2. Big Televen coaches picked Ohio State. I like Wisconsin to win the regular season, although the Buckeyes might be the favorite to win the conference tourney by the end of the season when all of the youngsters have had time to work out the kinks.

3. Games that count begin in just 8 days with the Coaches vs. Cancer. Maryland plays Hampton and the Sun Belt's own New Orleans takes on Vermont. Links to a slew of early season events are coming later this week.

4. Think the MVC is a johnny-come-lately on the hoops scene? Think again.

From the end of World War II through 1979, no league sent more different member institutions to the Final Four than the MVC.

Read the full story on Oscar Robertson and the Cincy-Bradley rivalry of yesteryear.

5. WKU's Courtney Lee is on the Wooden Award Preseason list. Forty of the fifty players listed hail from Big Six conferences.

A look at the early season and holiday hoops events are coming soon.