Harry’s Hidden College Basketball Gems
We all know about the budding programs along with the budding conventions to be on the watch for at college hoops, such as No. 1 Louisville (9-0), No. 7 Duke (9-1) and defending champion No. 9 Virginia (8-1, holding opponents to 55 points or less from each win) at the ACC. In the Big Ten, we’ve got powerhouses Ohio State, Maryland and Michigan sitting at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in the nation.
But, I’m going to dig deep to check at schools which might be good plays as the year advances and don’t have the recognition however, are having solid seasons.
Sophomore forward Obi Toppin leads the Flyers. Toppin, from Brooklyn, is averaging 22 points and eight rebounds a game while shooting at at a remarkable 66 percent from three-point range. Dayton is first in the country in competence at 55 percent and has blowout wins neutral courts vs Georgia, Virginia Tech and Saint Mary’s. Plus, they lost in overtime to No. 4 Kansas from the Maui Invitational championship match. Besides Toppin, the Flyers have five additional players.
The Spiders have a win over Vanderbilt and double-digit victories over Wisconsin and Boston College. Guard Jacob Gilyard is shooting 60 percent from the field and also a 53 percent from three-point land and is currently averaging 17 points per game. Gilyard leads the country in steals with four a match.
The Rams have a success against LSU in their resume and two or three three-point losses from top-20 teams in Tennessee and Purdue.
The Blue Demons are having their best start to a season as the 1986-87 campaign. They have three quality road wins beating Boston College vs power conference teams, Minnesota, and Iowa by 15. Paul Reed direct DePaul with almost four blocks per match, 11 rebounds and 15 points.
The Bulldogs’ restart is piled with wins over Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi and Florida. They won four games.
The Eagles have a double-digit triumph over Purdue to their credit and also have the country’s top scorer (25.1 ppg) at Markus Howard, a senior defender from Chandler, Arizona.
The Aggies are in rebounding with 43 boards per game. Justin Bean leads the team with 15 points per game and is fifth in the country in rebounds with a mean of 11.8 per match.
The Aztecs have seven double-digit wins this year, including victories over Creighton and Iowa.
The Flames are sixth in the nation in three-point shots made. We will see how that works out for them since they play LSU and Vanderbilt in the next couple of weeks.
Guard Kendric Davis leads the Mustangs??with 16 points a game on 50% shooting.
The Shockers have a couple of notable road victories. They gained at Stillwater vs Oklahoma State by 19 and in Columbia from the South Carolina Gamecocks by 23.
Throughout a third of the time, these teams also have shown lots of moxie and there are others which have too. If they can keep their winning ways since conference play 21, we will keep our eyes to determine.