Malcolm Brogdon has left The Grounds. The face of the program during its rise under Tony Bennett, the steady and cerebral shooting guard capped his career by being voted ACC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American. Oh yeah, he also completed a master’s degree in public policy.
There’s no replacing a player like that.
“We’re not going to have a clone of Malcolm Brogdon,” Bennett says.
Chris Mack and the Musketeers exceeded expectations last season, winning 28 games and spending much of the year ranked in the top 10.
This season, with arguably their three top players back, the Musketeers will be expected to contend for the Big East title and be a player on the national stage.
“It’s going to be interesting,” Mack says. “Last year we ended the season with a chip on our shoulder. This year is somewhat of a reversal — everyone telling us how good we are. But none of that means anything.”
One of Greg Gard’s biggest challenges in his first full season as Wisconsin’s coach might be distributing playing time on a deep and experienced roster.
The Badgers return their top 10 players in terms of minutes played from a team that overcame some midseason turmoil to extend the program’s impressive run of top-four finishes in the Big Ten to 15 seasons.
For one of the few times in 30 years, Arizona won’t play one of the nation’s most difficult non-conference schedules, choosing to play home games against Sacred Heart, Northern Colorado, Grand Canyon, Texas Southern, Cal-Bakersfield, New Mexico and UC Irvine. Sean Miller says the unusually light schedule will allow the Wildcats to audition three elite true freshmen and redshirt freshman forward Ray Smith, all of whom are likely to start.
Alabama’s defense is so ridiculously talented and utterly dominant that the only thing it can be compared to right now is playing on the “Heisman” skill level in the late NCAA Football video game series.
If you love and miss the game as much as I do (may it rest in peace), you know what I’m talking about.