Jake: Well we are already talking boxing, so let’s stay there. Here’s a look at the teams who have passed into the 2010 Sweet Sixteen, along with all match-ups and times of play. Make at least a token effort to play perimeter defense.
Madison Square Garden played host to the Big East’s 2009 Media Day on Wednesday (the Golden Eagles were represented by head coach Buzz Williams and seniors Maurice Acker, David Cubillan and Lazar Hayward) and the subsequent unveiling of the coaches’ preseason team projections and all-league picks for the conference.
Jonny Flynn, Minnesota (#6 pick) – A standout for two seasons at Syracuse, Flynn has all the tools to be a tremendous pro. Strong, athletic and explosive off the dribble, the 6-0, 185-pound point guard has a great feel for the game and is a born leader. Greatness is not out of the question. The only concerning things about Flynn are his lack of a great outside shot (just 32 percent last season) and the fact that Minnesota drafted another point guard ahead of him, in Ricky Rubio. But Flynn will likely stay there and should be a dynamic NBA player.
On someone he feels might be overlooked right now: “Well it may be Sean Lissemore. I don’t know if he has gotten the notoriety and I think a lot of that is because of Adrian. Everybody focuses on Adrian, sees him and focuses on him but I think Sean might be one. On offense it might be Rob Varno. Rob has really developed into a quality player.
On how he feels about the team going into the year: “I feel very strong. We’re very talented, we return experience, we have leadership and those three components once mixed together can provide a potent team. Now we have to have that same mentality week in and week out. We can’t get mentally or physically tired and be barraged by media or stuff within the players and coaches. If we maintain our focus and keep those three components strong.I don’t feel like there is any team out there that is head and shoulders above us. There are teams we are going to have to come in and work hard to beat, but that is with everybody on this level. Especially with our schedule and especially within our conference.
Last year, the 6’8”, 255-pound Harangody led the conference in scoring (23.3 ppg), was second in rebounding (11.8 rpg) and is on pace to graduate as the Big East’s all-time leader in each category.
As important as the wide receiver position and the backup running back position are to the offense it is probably more important that the Rams address the guard position. Last year the middle of the offensive line was a problem, specifically at right guard. The Rams could address that in Day Two. Benjamin Iljana from Villanova and Will Rackley from Lehigh are both guys I would be very excited about if the Rams got one of those two with their two picks tonight. Since both played for Non-D1 schools people might not know a lot about them, but both are players that could come in and possibly start right away. Keep an eye on those two.
As for remaining options, Maryland would be crazy not to contact Alabama’s Anthony Grant. He would probably be a great recruiter, which should be the top requirement of the new coach.
Speaking of having a nice feel, if you need new running shoes (and you get to the race early), stop by Bryn Mawr Running Company’s Media store at 13. E. State Street and have their expert crew hook you up. For a post-race thirst-quencher, Coach Webs recommends hoisting a pint of fresh beer at the Iron Hill Brewery at 30 E. State Street in Media.