Today in the Morning Rumble, Providence versus Boston College is in question, Oklahoma smacks Villanova and the AP Poll was released with a new number one.
Providence was set to play Boston College on Wednesday at The Dunk but the game is now in jeopardy (according to Andy Katz) with at least eight Eagle players dealing with a case of E. coli. All of the student-athletes with the virus ate at Chipotle on the Boston College campus. The store is now shut down.
The Oklahoma Sooners made a statement on Monday night in the Pearl Harbor Classic as they knocked off one of the best teams in the Big East, Villanova, by 23 points. The three point field goal was the difference with the Wildcats failing to find their range while Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and company shot 13-of-24 from beyond the arc.
Jay Wright's Wildcats have struggled in big games over the last three seasons but this match-up (with one of the best teams in the entire country) will only help the Nova program come March.
The AP Poll was released on Monday afternoon and for the third time in four weeks we have a new number one team in the land: Michigan State. The Spartans are led by triple-double machine Denzel Valentine while also maintaining great depth, excellent size and of course, Tom Izzo.
The rest of the top five is rounded out by Kansas, North Carolina, Iowa State and Kentucky. Four Big East schools are in the new rankings with Villanova at nine, Xavier coming in at 12, Providence at 15 and Butler entering the polls at 18. Georgetown (5-3) also received votes.
Jay Bilas woke up the Twitter world on Monday evening with a post that said the NCAA "was discussing rewriting bench decorum rules to curtail celebrations of Monmouth's bench." But the NCAA Director of Media Coordination responded saying that the league is not rewriting the rules but responding to a request for a rules interpretation while determining that the Monmouth bench is not violated any rules.
The celebrations are entertaining and it would have been a PR disaster for the NCAA if they rewrote the rules responding to kids having some fun.
Only a few games into his college career, Ben Simmons has become a polarizing figure across the nation. So I guess it makes sense that the future NBA Draft selection is being compared to arguably the most criticized player in all of sports, LeBron James.
With Simmons in the crowd for a Pelicans-Cavs game late last week, James was asked about the young prospect following the game and said that he doesn't mind the fact that Simmons is compared to him.