It may be in its infancy, but the 2022-23 college basketball season has given us plenty to discuss after just two nights. There have been some shocking results over the first couple of evenings, some nice moments, and some things that may make you scratch your head a bit.
We all participated in polls too early after the National Championship game; here are some predictions and projections too early after the start of the season for your NCAAB betting.
Season 2022-2023 College Basketball
The ACC Is NOT Back
If there was a conference in the nation that needed to get off to a good start, it was the ACC. Long considered the premier basketball conference in the nation; the ACC has underperformed as a league in recent seasons while the blue bloods continue to experience success in March.
Miami (FL) was victorious in their opener but was trailing Lafayette at the half. George Tech, arguably the worst team in the league, was tied with Division two Clayton State at the half before eventually winning by 30. Florida State lost to Stetson at the Tucker Center. North Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest all failed to cover the spread as home favorites.
The Tar Heels will likely turn it around, as they are arguably the best team in the nation. Virginia is suspect from behind the arc, Florida State appears to be lacking “it” ever since James Forrest and Devin Vassell left, and Miami is a habitual underachiever despite last season’s tourney success.
It may be another tumultuous season for the once-proud conference.
Porter Moser is not the answer
This might be a suspect take, but it is only mentioned falling suspect results.
You don’t lose to Sam Houston State if you are Oklahoma. This isn’t really a shot at the Bearkats, as Jason Hooten has done a terrific job with this program over his many years at the helm.
This is more of a critique of Moser, who caught lightning in a bottle at Loyola-Chicago (twice) but may be in over his head in the Big XII.
He has brought in a couple of nice recruits, but it’s starting to feel like he may be more of a stud mid-major coach than someone that can lead a power six program to the next level.
This Transfer Stuff is Out of Control
Are you able to even keep track of who is playing where any longer? It’s incredibly difficult. There is a reason that many pundits around the nation are referring to the transfer portal as a free agency. Especially since the name, image and likeness are legal now.
At some point, the NCAA is going to have to give the reins a yank and reel this in a bit. Is there an obvious answer to prevent players from playing for three or four programs over their career? No.
Should players be allowed to pursue other options if the coach they committed to blows town? Yes.
Should a player such as Jalen Coleman-Lands be allowed to play for four programs and seven seasons? No.
At some point, the NCAA needs to put its foot in the dirt and say no and take the hit from the press. They have certainly perfected making unpopular decisions in the past; it should be easy for them. If they don’t start taking hard stances on certain matters, college basketball will not have any integrity left.