Musings from the Bald Prophet: Davidson, Northwestern, and the First BP Top 25

Marc DaleyAnalyst IDecember 8, 2008

Before we get to the initial BP (Bald Prophet) top 25, I offer five random thoughts for your enjoyment.


1) There is no reason Kentucky shouldn't start DeAndre Liggins right now. Michael Porter can't compete at either end of the floor and Liggins is capable of filling a stat sheet on any given night. 

I don't predict great things for Kentucky this year but if Porter continues to get the lion's share of the minutes at the point the youth and aged will get VERY restless in Lexington.


2) The Big East makes up the entire Top 25 except for North Carolina, but while everyone is on the UConn or Pitt Express, the Syracuse Train will get more passengers as the season progresses. Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins are healthy, which means Jonny Flynn won't keel over from exhaustion and Donte Greene is no longer there to turn them into a B-movie version of Heaven Is a Playground.


3) Stephen Curry may keel over from exhaustion now that's he taken point guard duties onto his already full workload. He dropped 44 on NC State but needs a reliable second option (Lovedale? Allison? Game attendee LeBron James?) or else Davidson will be eliminated by the first team they face in March.


4) Kentucky's opponent Mississippi Valley State left Lexington 0-10. Their conference, the lowly SWAC, is a combined 10-63 this season. ESPN's Dana O'Neil wrote a great article in late January on Alcorn State, another member of the conference, which detailed their program in comparison to the elite. 

More than likely, their Big Dance rep will get the "prime" play-in game and at the rate this conference is going it could be a massive blowout.


5) The RPI is always kooky in December (Evansville No. 4?) but two teams are worth noting. Binghamton is No. 56 - this is worth noting from a personal level as I grew up in Bingo. Northwestern is No. 7 - keep in mind the 'Cats have NEVER been to the Big Dance but might break the curse provided they don't collapse.

And now the first BP Top 25 of the '08-'09 campaign.

1) UNC

2) Pitt

3) UConn

4) Gonzaga

5) Texas

6) Oklahoma

7) Xavier

8) Wake Forest

9) Villanova

10) Tennessee

11) Louisville

12) Duke

13) Syracuse

14) UCLA

15) Arizona State

16) Memphis

17) Notre Dame

18) Ohio State

19) Georgetown

20) Davidson

21) Marquette

22) Kansas

23) Miami (Fla.)

24) Purdue

25) Dayton