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Duke Reigns At the Top

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Duke Blue Devils

The AP released their preseason Top 25 poll today, and as expected, the team from Durham, North Carolina is at the top of their list. This should come as no surprise, considering the squad Coach K has on his hands. Besides names like Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, there’s an infusion of young talent with names like Kyrie Irving and Seth Curry. Not only is Duke the reigning National Champs, they’re also the favorite to win it again in 2011 (6-1 odds).

The Blue Devils also received 55 first place votes (out of 65). Michigan State received eight and Kansas State closed it out with two. This also comprises your top three, and for K-State, it’s their highest preseason ranking ever. Some, however, disagree with that version of Wildcats being ranked so high. Good thing college basketball decides these things on the court.

Anyway, your 2010/11 Preseason Top 25:

1. Duke (55)
2. Michigan State (8)
3. Kansas State (2)
4. Ohio State
5. Pittsburgh
6. Villanova
7. Kansas
8. North Carolina
9. Florida
10. Syracuse
11. Kentucky
12. Gonzaga
13. Illinois
14. Purdue
15. Missouri
16. Baylor
17. Butler
18. Washington
19. Memphis
20. Georgetown
21. Virginia Tech
22. Temple
23. Tennessee
24. BYU
25. San Diego

The conference breakdown is as follows:

ACC – three teams (Duke, Carolina, Virginia Tech)
Big 10 – four teams (Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue)
Big 12 – four teams (Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Baylor)
Big East – four teams (Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown)
SEC – three teams (Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee)
Pac-10 – one team (Washington)

Which leaves six “non-BCS” schools in the top 25, including Gonzaga, Butler, Memphis, Temple, BYU and San Diego State.

Jrue Holiday Beast Modes Anthony Randolph


If you get dunked on severely, but it’s the preseason, does it still count? I’m not sure, but there’s little doubt Anthony Randolph knows he got posterized by Jrue Holiday — who looks a little different than the screen-cap of him at last year’s NBA Lottery selection — whether the game counted or not.

Bonus: it was a left-handed dunk as well.

You win some, you lose some, and in this case, Randolph was the clear loser.

Even John Wall’s Layups Excite Fans

John Wall

The John Wall era is well underway in Washington — there’s been a Midnight Madness celebration, a “John Wall Day,” and, as if to prove he’s worth all the attention, Wall has been performing well in team scrimmages.

All in all, the excitement level for the Wizards, thanks in large part to Wall’s presence, is a lot higher than it has been recently.

As you can see in the following video, Wall is doing all that he can to prove he’s worth the attention, and dropping 360-degree layups in traffic is a great way to endear one’s self to a fanbase that’s desperate for a winner.

While it’s doubtful the Wizards will win a bunch of games, giving the fans something to be excited about in relation to the future of the franchise is good form, especially coming off the miserable season they had last year.

Brandon Knight Dunks on Canadians

Brandon Knight

As John Calipari’s success at recruiting top-flight guards continues, no matter which school’s he’s at, it looks like he’s got another gem in freshman Brandon Knight. Currently, the Kentucky Wildcats are in Canada taking part in an preseason “tournament” against local college teams, something the NCAA allows once every four years; and while there’s still much to learn about Kentucky’s squad — two big men didn’t make the trip, and super-freshman Terrence Jones has a stress fracture in his rib — one thing seems pretty certain: Knight will step in and fill the departed John Wall’s shoes quite nicely.

After tallying 31 points and four assists in Kentucky’s first game, no turnovers either, Knight showed off his athletic ability in the second game with a nice finish, courtesy of a behind-the-back pass from Darius Miller, who, in his own right, looks like John Calipari’s version of Scottie Pippen; that is, he does a little bit of everything when he’s in the game, including setting up nasty dunks for his teammates:

Knight finished yesterday’s blowout with 17 points, 12 assists, three steals and only three turnovers. I think every coach in America would be happy with a 16-3 assists-to-turnover ratio, especially from a freshman point guard.

His (surprising) leaping ability is simply a cherry on top of a very appealing sundae of basketball ability.