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College Basketball Weekend Takeaways 11/29-12/1

Juwan Howard

Howard is off to as good of a start as could be asked for and he has Michigan playing extremely well. Further, his ability to adapt to the college game very quickly and coach with so much poise is impressive. In addition, his personality sets the tone for this Michigan that allows playing evenly throughout games. His unselfishness to utilize assistant Phil Martelli’s experience speaks to the self-awareness of Howard. This has allowed Michigan to get off to an exceptional start with wins over North Carolina and Gonzaga. He has also given the confidence in his veterans Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske and Isaiah Livers to lead the way. Michigan is on their way to big things under Juwan Howard.

Maryland

They are off to an unbeaten start, but still have not gotten close to their potential. They have been led by Anthony Cowan who continues to make big plays leading Maryland to victories. There is much more for Maryland, as Darryl Morsell is playing outstanding to start the season on both ends. In addition, the play of Jalen Smith must be better and he needs to be more assertive offensively for Maryland. Also, Aaron Wiggins has yet to show what he is capable of making perimeter jumpers. Furthermore, the depth of Maryland will continue to build with Eric Ayala, Donta Scott and Makhi Mitchell. Maryland is capable of much more and they’re still unbeaten Maryland is a team to watch.

DePaul

The Blue Devils are off to a terrific 8-0 start and are looking towards an NCAA tournament bid. Dave Leitao has this team finally developing into something and that starts with Paul Reed. Reed is averaging 15.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a force to be reckoned with. Further, Charlie Moore has been the lead guard who is producing very well averaging 17.1 points per game giving DePaul an identity. Getting production from Romeo Weems and Jalen Coleman-Lands on both ends has been huge. Dave Leitao has the buzz going in Chicago. The time is now for DePaul.

West Virginia

The toughness and depth of West Virginia are back and it is clear they will compete in the Big 12. This team is built through its depth and the ability to bring Derek Culver and Miles McBride off the bench is vital for West Virginia. Next, Oscar Tshiebwe is playing up to his potential being a force inside on both ends producing consistently. In addition, Emmitt Matthews has the ability to make big shots and gives good versatility offensively. Also, Jermaine Haley is making shots and being very efficient. If Jordan McCabe can be more solid and give them a true point guard, West Virginia will be a problem. Bob Huggins has his type of team that will be in the NCAA tournament.

Quinton Rose and Nate Pierre-Louis

These two are leading the way for Temple and have them off to a great start. As for Nate Pierre-Louis, he is the leading country in rebounding for guards at 8.9 rebounds a game. This shows his willingness to do whatever it takes for this team to win. Also, he has the ability to make big shots and defend at a high level. In addition, the leadership he brings to Temple is giving them major confidence in their start to the season. Now, with Quinton Rose, he brings great versatility for Temple on both ends. He is a very good scorer and can make plays for others. He rebounds well and can take off in transition. Rose gives Temple the go-to player on the wing to produce consistently. Temple will ride Rose and Pierre-Louis to have a very successful season.

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