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The latest reader mailbag from our college hoops expert hits on the Atlantic 10 and how many team it could place in the NCAA tournament (six maybe?), Clemson's chances of making the Big Dance, and the possibility of NCAA tourney expansion (Ken's not happy about the rumors).
But he also spends time talking Memphis. In case you hadn't noticed, new coach Josh Pastner has the Tigers on the bubble, which is a fairly impressive feat given that they lost three starters from last season's 33-4 squad, their coach, and a couple of highly touted recruits (Xavier Henry, DeMarcus Cousins), who went elsewhere when John Calipari went to Memphis.
Memphis (20-7 overall, 10-2 in C-USA) isn't in yet, mostly because it lacks any impressive wins. Still, give credit to Pastner, who gets kudos from our reader as a possible coach of the year.
Which raises the larger question: Who is the national coach of the year?
Ken thinks Syracuse's Jim Boeheim is the front-runner, and I can't disagree. The Orange are 26-2 despite losing their three leading scorers from last season. They're headed for a Big East title and a likely No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. It's hard to go against Boeheim. (Even harder to believe he's never been national coach of the year, but is a 3-time Big East winner.)
Others to consider include: BYU's Dave Rose, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas State's Frank Martin and Pitt's Jamie Dixon. Maybe include Siena's Fran McCaffery and Murray State's Billy Kennedy as well.
But the smart money's on Boeheim.
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