Countdown to College Hoops: Reasons 71-80 to Be Pumped

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IAugust 31, 2008

For those of us sports fans that have realized that the college football season is all but over after week one debacles (I'm talking to you Syracuse fans after losing 30-10 to Northwestern), just remember college basketball is just over two months away.

Here's an abbreviated version of reasons 71-80 college basketball fans should be pumped for the upcoming season:


71. The Unknown Cinderella

Every year multiple teams surge out of the gate with multiple big-time upsets and even runs late into the NCAA Tournament. So who could be prime for a breakout Cinderella season? 

UAB, Belmont, and Utah all have senior-laden, talented teams that are primed to make some noise against the big boys.


72. 100 Years of UMASS Basketball

UMASS plays one of the most exciting brands of basketball as they go up and down the court as one of most well-conditioned teams in the country.

The Minutemen will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of the program with an attempt to get back to the NCAA Tournament that they frequented in the past.


73. The CBB Blogosphere

With the advent of the internet, news, information, and statistics about your favorite teams is the most accessible that it's ever been.

This article will show off several different sites that are some of the top alternative college basketball websites on the web.


74. The Turnaround of the Golden Golphers

Tubby Smith has a history of turning programs around; his newest project: Minnesota. After a successful 2008 season, Tubby has the Golden Gophers set to make a run towards the top of the Big 10.

Coach Smith turned the 2008 Golden Gophers into of the most efficient Minnesota teams offensively and defensively in this decade.


75. Big Monday

ESPN is at the forefront of college basketball coverage and the marquee day to watch college basketball will be Monday nights. Three games from three good conferences make Monday the day you'll be locking yourself in your dorm room to watch six straight hours of high quality college basketball.

Plus, ESPN will be providing coverage on each week night except Fridays and will air games all day on Saturdays.


76. The New Jersey Institute of Technology's Attempt to Win a Game

NJIT couldn't win a game in the 2007-2008 season, but with a new coach and a more mature team, that could change soon. 

The Highlanders' situation gives college basketball fans two things to root for. They can choose to root against NJIT and see how long they can really go without winning or they can root for NJIT to get off the side and win a game.


77. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is good. Plain and simple. He's the best pure scorer in college basketball on what's now of America's favorite underdogs: the Davidson Wildcats. 

He should lead his team back to the NCAA Tournament where he's averaged over 30 points a game including the two 40 points he dropped in last year's tournament.


78. Kenny George

America's favorite big man will be back in action for one more season of towering of his opponents with his 7'8'' frame. He can dunk without leaving his feet and blocks almost one-out-every-five two-point shots the opposing team takes when he's on the floor.


79. The Maui Invitational

The premier early season college basketball tournament will once again feature two of the best teams in the country. Notre Dame and UNC headline the tournament and could face each other in the Maui Invitational final. 


80. Parity at the Top

While UNC is the hands down number one team in the country entering the 2008-2009 season, there are seven more teams (four from the Big East) that will challenge the Tar Heels with absolutely stacked rosters. 

Notre Dame, UCONN, Pitt, Louisville, Duke, Oklahoma, and Purdue all have the talent, the coaching, and the experience to steamroll through their schedule.