This season in college hoops presents some very strong clubs scattered throughout the country. Memphis, UCLA, UNC and Kansas clearly dominate their individual conferences and seem to be locks as champs. However, there is one league with some exciting underdogs who guarantee an exciting season. You know that Georgetown, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Marquette are good, but here are some teams you might not know about.
Draelon Burns and the Blue Demons proved my point but upsetting Big East powerhouse Villanova on Thursday. Now DePaul leads the league with a 2-0 record and hopes to surprise Georgetown too. Hey, anything is possible.
Surprisingly, Notre Dame beat Connecticut in an impressive performance by Luke Harangody, but the real surprise came from Kyle McAlarney who went 13-19 from the field for 32 points. They’re clearly able to stay in any game, and the unranked Irish only add to the competitive Big East.
Notre Dame’s other win came against WVU, but the Mountaineers have little to worry about with Alex Ruoff and Joe Alexander as leaders. Ruoff is an experienced junior whose 16 points go well with 2 steals a game. Alexander leads the bigs with 15 points and 7 boards a game. Their first real test comes against Marquette who they are currently beating 21-14.
The Big East is one of the few leagues that is truly wide open and these teams are why, so look out.