GetSportsRadio - Hoop Scoop (mp3) - ESPN's Mark Adams joins Chad Brendel and Greg Shoemaker to talk college hoops
Don't kid yourself, Connecticut (22-1) is off the hook. They are the best offesnive team in the Big East and after watching the 7-foot-3 Hasheem Thabeet dominate against Syracuse on Wednesday night you have to be impressed with their defense too. The Huskies play in basketball's best conference too, the Big East.
Still, North Carolina is the best team in the land. Period.
Tyler Hansbrough's (22.8 ppg) numbers are as good as they were last year, but there the hype is nowhere near it was. Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington are both averaging about 15 ppg and in total six players are in double figures.
Coming into the 2008-09 season it was almost as if the Tar Heels had already been crowned number #1. I was waiting for the NCAA to call off the season
and cut straight to One Shining Moment. The talking heads on ESPN were even speculating they might not lose a game until February. That's a ton of pressure.
The Tar Heels hit their bump in the road when they fell to Boston College. Next was the lost to Wake Forest. Suddenly UNC looked like the third-best team in the ACC and far from the best in the nation.
Since then we've watched Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Duke, and now UConn take the reigns atop the polls. Meanwhile, North Carolina has been rolling. They've won seven straight games after picking up their fourth straight win at Cameron Indoor Arena and Coach K court. During the latest streak, Carolina is outscoring their opponents by nearly 17 points per game.
The Huskies are contenders, but I'm ready to move Roy Williams' bunch back to the top.