My real answer is the Holiday Bowl with Texas and Arizona State going at each other. They took offensive fouls, led by Kadeem Batts and, unlikely hero, Lee Goldsbrough. I think he showed composure and didn’t panic and took what they gave him.
The Big East currently has five teams represented in the AP Top 25 rankings at this point in the season. In comparison, the Big Ten has six teams ranked in the AP poll, the ACC and MWC each have three, the SEC and Big 12 have two apiece, and the A-10, Pac-12, WCC and MVC each boast one.
Hopefully, Heath can get a total effort from his starters. Gus Gilchrist comes into the game after being honored as Big East rookie of the week for his efforts in the win against DePaul and the loss to Villanova.
On what leadership means: “A lot of times you get put in bad situations on defense and you need someone with a vocal presence on the field. Or if it is a tight game, certain situations you need a guy who says ‘Hey we’ve been here before, let’s go.'” But also on the practice field and also in the meetings, showing some of these younger guys how to do things and the right way to do things.
Earl Clark, Phoenix (#14) – I know Clark was picked ahead of some of these guys, but he is still an enigma to me. The 6-9 forward is versatile and athletic, but is very inconsistent and disappeared at times during his three seasons at Louisville. When at his best, the Rahway, N.J. product can really do it all, but I don’t trust guys who don’t have high motors all the time. This could be a steal for the Suns at #14, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if he was a big bust. I can’t really say that about any of the people ahead of him on this list.
Before the skeptics start knocking a kid who averaged just 8.5 points and 3.7 assists, while shooting at a 45.0% clip and only 30.7% from 3-point range, consider this: The 19-year-old Holiday, much like the Sixers unexpected 2007 selection of Georgia Tech freshman Thaddeus Young, is a player only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.
South Florida’s front four – Augustus Gilchrist, Jarrid Famous, Ron Anderson Jr. and Toarlyn Fizpatrick – combine for 49.9 percent of the Bulls’ points, scoring 456 of the team’s total 914. Those four big men have also grabbed 340 of the team’s 583 rebounds, which is 58.3 percent of USF’s total output.
This game will be extremely close as well, but I think Lawson has been playing as well as anyone in the country over the past month or so. He is just so quick and strong, and he has greatly improved his outside shooting. It’s hard to find a hole in his game.