Last Week: 4-2-0
Overall: 46-31-4 (.593)
Providence College Friars (5-3)
*PC has been plagued by two things the past several years under coach Tim Welsh. 1) underachievement and 2) inconsistency. Providence can never seem to beat the team's they should on a regular basis, while at the same time never being able to push themselves over the top for big wins against top notch opponents. Sure, it's tough playing in the Big East, but with returning stars like Geoff McDermott, Weyinmi Efejuku (Way-Me F-eh-jew-koo), and Brian McKenzie, it's probably this year or bust for Timmy and the Friars. If they can dance their way into the big tourney this year, you'll have to like their chances with good guard play, tough 2-3 zone defense, and a great swing player like the 6'8" McDermott that can help glue it all together.....oh....and the day after I wrote this, Providence promptly went out and pulled a...well...Providence. Fell behind big to South Carolina, came storming back, and lost in the final minutes on some Efejuku missed free throws. Way to go fellas...
Rhode Island Rams (9-1)
*OK, so maybe the first two sleeper teams reside within 40 minutes of my house, but that doesn't mean I'm playing favorites. Head coach Jim Baron has a team led by his son, Jimmy, pointed towards an Atlantic 10 title and a "likely" NCAA birth. Little Baron, along with senior forward Will Daniels, are combining for over 33 points per game and shooting better than 37% combined from downtown.
Check back next week for more picks, and updates on other college hoops teams. Maybe even a few teams that don't play their home games in Rhode Island....
Oh, and if the Pats actually needed motivation to win this week or from here on out, I give you the main reason they need to go undefeated. To shut up former Miami Coke Head/'72 Dolphin, Mercury Morris, and his freakin' mouth. There's a reason we hadn't heard from your dumb ass in the last 30+ years, and if New England keeps winning, it better be another 30 before we hear it. And then it better only be when the Miami Dade police pull you're beaten corpse from the Everglades after a run in with Michael Irvin and his "cousin." We're comin', Merc. And we're bringin' Hell with us!!!!!