After two weeks of Southeastern Conference play, one thing is abundantly clear: no win is coming easily. Coaching changes and some impact recruits have teams 1-14 capable of winning on any given night - especially on their home floor. The cream is already starting to rise to the top, however, with only two teams left unbeaten.
Temple is coached by former UConn assistant Tonya Cardoza (five National Championships at UConn) and assisted by former UConn player Willnett Crockett (two NC’s). They are new to the AAC, coming over from the Atlantic 10 this season.
The Owls are not an outstanding team this year. They lost to St. Joseph’s, Villanova and Pennsylvania - all members of the Philadelphia Five. In Philly, that is a big deal.
Los Angeles, Calif. - #13 Oregon State dominated both ends of the court Saturday to rout UCLA, 65-47, in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.
Jamie Weisner lead the Beavers with 17 points, including a trio of three-pointers, while Sydney Wiese's 16 points included four three-shots. Gabriella Hanson added 11 points, and Ruth Hamblin and Deven Hunter had 13 and nine rebounds, respectively.
The ACC has had to depend on newcomers to a huge degree this season, making some preseason predictions an exercise in pure guesswork. Given that the nonconference season has just about wrapped up, let's take a quick look at each team, ranked in order of how I think they will now finish.
After consecutive top-10 victories to close out 2014, No. 8 Tennessee is finally starting to look like the team fans and media expected to see at the beginning of the season. The Lady Vols’ recent run, not so coincidentally, comes on the heels of star center Isabelle Harrison’s return to the lineup.
Head coach Holly Warlick noted the importance of her senior leader on Sunday after Tennessee’s 74-63 win over No. 10 Oregon State by saying, “As Izzy goes, we go—she’s our rock.”