Doyel on Conference USA C-USA’s days as basketball power are numbered

Provacative observation by Doyel as relates to ACC and the Big East:

While the Big East will become the undisputed king of college basketball – undisputed means undisputed, ACC fans – the quality of C-USA basketball will be cut at least by half.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see what the respective newspapers around C-USA have tomorrow morning. Don’t let me down, Big O!

A “Doyel Dribble” about Southern Miss:

[b]Not quite back to form
Oct. 26, 3:14 p.m.

To those who wondered if former McDonald’s All-American and Kentucky shooting specialist Rashaad Carruth might become one of the five best players in Conference USA, we offer this sobering perspective:

He’s not one of the five best players at Southern Miss.

Not yet, anyway. Not according to Golden Eagles coach Larry Eustachy, who says Carruth is adjusting to the competition upgrade after spending last season in junior college and not playing anywhere in 2002-03. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 5.5 points as a Kentucky freshman in 2001-02, ranking fourth on the team with 27 made 3-pointers.

“Rashaad’s probably where he should be, but not where we’d hoped he’d be,” Eustachy said today. “He hasn’t had a lot of basketball … not nearly the level he’ll be playing at. He’s rusty. He’s got a long ways to go.”

How far? This far: Southern Miss went 13-15 last season and lost two starters on the wing, yet Carruth is on the second team at the moment.

“His attitude has been fantastic. His work ethic is as good as he can give us right now, but his conditioning is way behind,” Eustachy said. “He’s not a starter right now, if we started tonight. I guess that says it all.”[/b]

Link: Doyel’s Dribbles