Boneyard contrarian since 1998
- Aug 24, 2011
2018-19 COACHES & MEDIA BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
Have to agree with your view. MSU has beaten Maryland and University of Oregon. I didn't see the Maryland game last night, but a convincing win by MSU.I picked Michigan State for the simple reason that on two occasions already this season I've paused my channel surfing to admire the play of a WCBB team when that team turned out to be Michigan State. When they're on they look a little like a UConn team: crisp, creative passes; good shooting. They're tough and big, too, at least I think they are. I have a feeling about them.
I wouldn't dare guess how the team will finish this season after last season's collapse. However, now that the team is "mostly" healthy, the defense is excellent per usual. But the big difference is there are multiple threats from 3-pt range, which is making the team harder to defend. Also, unlike last year when the team would often wait for Tyler Scaife to make something happen, this team is balanced and deep and you're never quite sure who will have a great game each night (this is both good and bad, of course). CVS has mentioned multiple times too that the early season Canada tournament, where the team lost to both Drake and Gonzaga, was a helpful learning experience.While Maryland should win this thing given their returning parts and two fine frosh, I'm going to root hard for the home team....Rutgers.
I'm totally flummoxed by the successful formula C. Viv has made out of totally unexpected parts. So far, so good.