Another one of my favorite general College Basketball Blogs is “Rush The Court”. They are doing some cool preview pieces this season, including releasing their rankings of every Division I team from worst to first as tweets leading up to the season. Wednesday morning they landed on the Providence Friars at #132 (last season they were ranked #96 preseason).
Hmm, guess they didn’t catch any Vincent Council or Bilal Dixon last season. Obviously there was a huge amount of roster turnover this offseason (and last season it was because of graduation and TW), but to say that Marshon Brooks is all that is left is simply not fair. VC was on the All-BIG EAST Rookie team (and Bilal probably should have been on there as well). Gerard Coleman might have something to say about that as the season progresses as well.
So far, 10 of the 14 Out of Conference opponents (counting whoever they end up playing in the 2nd game in Cancun – Missouri or Wyoming) have been ranked below the Friars.
(click on the link for the Tweet for each team)
Only Missouri, URI, Alabama, and Boston College have not been ranked yet and will be ahead of Providence.
As in line with pre-season conference polls, only 2 other BIG EAST teams have been ranked below PC