Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Week #6 of the BlogPoll is out!

Metallica joins week #6 of the BlogPoll Top 25 where the Unbeatens are falling left and right - it must be January!

Pitt has taken over the #1 spot. We are usually skeptical of Pitt's annual pre-March success because of their inflated out-of-conference record, however this year they may actually be for real. The reason? The big space-eater inside, DJ Blair is a game-changer, and Pitt had lacked a game-changer like that in past years. DJ Blair may be the player that can push Pitt in the Elite 8 and the Final Four. Hopefully foul-trouble won't be the thing that takes him out of critical games. Because I think the rules need to change. It's 2009 already, time to modernize the "peach basket rules"!

Some other top 25 thoughts: GoneZaga, despite their growing pains, probably has the team that is most capable of making an Elite 8 run again. The talent is oozing, and they do have some tough cookies (Pargo, ChiaPet (Bouldin), Ira Brown), but they also have Ammo-Divas likes Heytvelt, Micah Downs and the super-talented Austin Daye. Can they get their act together by March? The losses and struggles may be a humbling experience that forces the team and coaching staff to refocus and "chemistrize".

Unlike Pitt, Clemson does not have DJ Blair, so their fate (once again) will be signed, sealed and delivered by March 1st. Ouch :(

And while we are on the topic of rules and numbers, A Sea of Blue has performed an interesting analysis of turnovers! How much bite do these pesky TOs have? Read on to find out!

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