- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008


“If you’re going to forgive Florida for losing at home to an unranked team [Mississippi] because they’re hot right now, then that same logic has to apply to us.” - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops

TAKE YOUR PICK; Who will be college basketball’s freshman of the year?

A. Samardo Samuels, Louisville; The Jamaican big man leads all freshman in scoring, averaging 21 points in two games. But he’s tethered to the rim.

B. Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest; The swingman is a mortal lock to win the ACC’s rookie of the year. Aminu entered Monday averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds.

C. Tyreke Evans, Memphis; The electric Evans (14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals) has already proved he’s far more than just a scorer.

D. JaMychal Green, Alabama; The Crimson Tide found an instant double-double replacement for departed pivot Richard Hendrix in the more athletic Green (14.5 points, 10 rebounds entering Monday).

E. Greg Monroe, Georgetown; In two games at Georgetown, the 6-foot-11 blue-chipper from New Orleans is already the Hoyas’ most valuable player. He might not be the most physically imposing specimen in the history of post players at Georgetown, but no one has arrived on the Hilltop with his array of skills and polish.

Our Take; Samuels and Green both lack versatility. Aminu has fabulous instincts and athleticism, but his suspect shot and limited post game make him less of a threat. Statistically, Evans will be tough to top because he entered the season determined to be a one-and-done force. No freshman is likely to be more of a focal point for an elite team than Monroe, who looks like he can handle the burden of being the Hoyas’ only true big man.

TWT FIVE; Worst losses of college football season

1. Syracuse 24, Notre Dame 23; Big East doormat puts the nail in Charlie Weis’ coffin

2. Wisconsin 36, Cal-Poly 35 (OT) — When is a win a loss? Badgers don’t deserve bowl bid

3. Wyoming 13, Tennessee 7 — Worst scoring offense in FBS wins in Neyland Stadium

4. Indiana 21, Northwestern 19 — Wildcats give Hoosiers only Big Ten victory

5. Western Michigan 23, Illinois 17 — Meet Ron Zook, ladies and gentlemen

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