NCAA basketball mid-season report

Charles Cox | Staff Writer

Well, we’re halfway to March Madness and it’s already been an exciting year in college hoops.

Jim Boeheim collected his 900th win, Butler pulled off one of their patented upsets as they defeated a very talented and then-number-one-ranked University of Indiana squad, and many other teams have emerged as forces to be reckoned with come March.

Let’s begin with the ACC.

Duke has been amazing this year, knocking off a few good teams such as Ohio State. Their 14-0 record can be attributed to their balanced scoring, as they currently have five players averaging double figure scoring (Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Rasheed Sulaimon & Quinn Cook). UNC has been disappointing so far, while NC State has shown a lot of promise. One major surprise has been Maryland, who has started out a stunning 13-1. Maryland has eight players averaging five or more points a game, which is very impressive.

The main story in the Big East has been Syracuse this season, but a big surprise has been a strong start by Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish has seven players averaging more than eight points a game. It seems that if spreading the wealth amongst teammates is a common theme to success in this early season.

Indiana has been solid this season, but the story out of the Big Ten so far has been Michigan, starting 15-0.  

The Big 12 has started off pretty weak, including a very disappointing 9-4 start from Baylor who was ranked highly heading into the season.

Arizona has been very good so far this season and will more than likely win the PAC-12 without too much challenge.

The SEC has nine teams with four losses or less, and it appears wide open. Defending champion Kentucky has started 9-4, which is a huge surprise.

Last, but not least, here are my teams to keep an eye on in March. Watch out for Gonzaga, UNC Charlotte, Illinois, Creighton, Wichita State, Oregon, Florida, Davidson, and BYU. All of these teams have either promise or experience to be scary in March when it matters most.