Way Too Early Top Ten for the 2016 CFB Season

By: David Parks
Twitter: @_Parksie

This is the way too early preseason top ten.  Chances are I don’t like your team and obviously have them too low.  SPOILER:  No poll really matters until mid-October (Except this one).

Off we go…

The real reason Nick Saban is smiling? The #1 ranking in this poll obviously

The real reason Nick Saban is smiling? The #1 ranking in this poll obviously

1) Alabama

Yes Derrick Henry is gone. Yes they’re likely losing three defensive linemen to the first round along with their middle linebacker. Yes their defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach is leaving. But we’ve seen this script before, and when has it mattered? The Tide are stocked at every position on the field and until the head coach himself leaves, it won’t matter which of his assistants come and go. [Read more…]

Weekly Wrap: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

The college basketball regular season is quickly coming to a close with the last week of regular season play across much of the country.  As early as Thursday, conference tournaments will start, and teams from across the nation will make their final pushes for the Big Dance.

In terms of the week that was, there were highs and they were lows, but without a doubt the biggest highlight of last week came when Minnesota knocked off No. 1 Indiana at home all but clinching a spot for the Gophers in the field of 68.  The Gophers likely would’ve been in the tournament regardless of how last Tuesday played out, but having a win against the No. 1 team in the nation can’t hurt your cause.

Elsewhere, read which player from a mid-major seized the POY race by the neck after his performance Saturday while the Pac 12 has a new leader at the top and it’s not who you might think.  Also, Gonzaga ISN’T No. 1 and two teams in the SEC suffered crippling losses in their bid for an NCAA Tournament bid.  For all that and more, we delve into this week’s edition of the Weekly Wrap.


The Golden Gophers stunned No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday


Player of the Week:  Doug McDermott, Creighton

If you follow college hoops, the name Doug McDermott is a familiar one.  The junior forward for Creighton was a consensus first-team All-American last season after averaging 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and leading the Blue Jays to a Missouri Valley title. [Read more…]

Weekend Watch: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

As the calendar turns to February, we are officially in the dog days of conference play where top teams must be on their guard every night to avoid being upset. The top teams all have bullseyes on their backs, and as a result, get every team’s best effort night in and night out.

Last weekend was void of matchups between ranked teams but that didn’t mean there weren’t any upsets. Louisville fell for the third time in a row at Georgetown, while New Mexico was suffocated at Viejas Arena by San Diego State. This weekend features three games that feature two ranked teams:  Miami visits NC State, Ole Miss visits Florida and Michigan travels to Indiana to battle the Hoosiers in what will be a matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 3. Both teams are 6-1 in the Big Ten and it is, up to this point in the season, the game of the year in college hoops. ESPN’s College Gameday will be in Bloomington to set the table for the showdown between two teams that could very well cut down the nets in March.

Last week we regained some of our mojo, bouncing back from a 2-4 week with a nice 5-1 showing. So what does this weekend have on tap for us? Who will take control of the conference races as we move into February? For answers to these questions and more, we delve into the first Weekend Watch of February.

(1) Michigan at (3) Indiana – 9:00 p.m. EST [Read more…]

Weekend Wrap: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

The first full weekend of conference play wrapped up with the last two undefeated teams falling.  First it was No. 1 Duke who fell to NC State in Raleigh on Saturday behind a tremendous performance from the Wolfpack front line of C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell.  Leslie poured in a game-high 25 points while Howell had a career day, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with 16 points in the Wolfpack’s 84-76 win over the Blue Devils. [Read more…]

Weekend Pickoff: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

The first full week of conference play is almost in the books, but already we’ve seen some upsets and crazy finishes. [Read more…]