Morning Five: 05.26.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on May 26th, 2010
- Vegas Watch aggregates seven pre-preseason top 25s, including yours truly’s. Duke is a clear #1, but Michigan State at #2 and a lot of teams with serious question marks (K-State, Villanova, Pitt, Gonzaga) populate the rest of the top ten. We had Butler (#8) and Georgetown (#10) in our top ten, but few others did. Thanks for doing this, VW.
- More transfer news — a while back we suggested that the Wear Twins (David and Travis) would end up at UCLA, and that was confirmed yesterday with the announcement that the SoCal-raised pair will be heading to Westwood. They’ll have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in the 2011-12 season. All we want to know is where was Stanford on this one (remember the Collins and Lopez twins)? Meanwhile, UNC filled one of their open inside positions with Alabama transfer Justin Knox, who has already graduated and will be eligible to play next season for Roy Williams. This is a substantial coup for UNC in that they were facing a season with few experienced bigs (only the rail-thin John Henson and Tyler Zeller return inside), and this addition will help bridge the gap until Williams can bring in some help.
- Finishing in the top four spots of the Big East regular season will not hold as much meaning as it did the last two years, as conference officials yesterday voted to do away with the double-bye system in the Big East Tournament. In the new format, MSG’s Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will feature first round games using a traditional 1/16, 2/15, etc., format. For some reason, we’re less excited about this change.
- Gregg Doyel thinks that Oklahoma basketball might deserve the death penalty, but taking his typically grumpy stance (we love it, btw), he doesn’t think that much of anything will come to pass.
- Duke’s national championship team has plans to visit the White House tomorrow. No word on whether Coach K will give President Obama some beef over picking against his Devils in the regionals.