We're keeping a close eye on ODU lately, because this is the stretch when they either prove themselves worthy of their hype or become an argument for the abolition of preseason magazines. Old Dominion's G!O!T!N! win last Friday night
over the ACC's Virginia Tech is impressive until you start looking at the internals - they shot 32% and only pulled it off because VT shot just as badly and missed half their free throws.They won't be able to get away with that kind of performance against UNCW, a solid defensive squad (88.6 D-Rating, 44th nationally) led by one of the CAA's shooting stars, John Goldsberry
. But the 9-4 Seahawks have problems of their own - they've lost two straight shoulda-couldas to C of C
, and their D is masking some bad O (43.8 FG, 198th nationally). Despite what the (hopefully soon-to-be-abolished) "mid-major polls" say, this is such a frustrating conference this year... I don't envy those who have pledged to wear it like a glove
for the next two months.