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Tuesday Question - 12/7/2010

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Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is . . .

What does the Rebel Roundballers' 4-2 start portend?

There are plenty of things about the beginning of basketball season about which to be both excited and disappointed.  The contributions of newcomers Dundrecous Nelson, Nick Williams, and Demarco Cox are encouraging.  The Rebels are scoring just under 75 points per game, which is, obviously, enough offense to win another 20-something games and contend for an NCAA berth.  Of course, that slow start in Coral Gables was about as disheartening as a half of basketball could be.  No pattern has emerged regarding the offensive presence or absence of any one player.  Even Chris Warren's performance or lack thereof has not consistently been the factor that won or lost us games.

Whatever your feelings about the 4-2 start, dropping any more games before SEC play will color me concerned.  Arkansas-Little Rock and Southeastern Louisiana are RPI Top 100 teams remaining on the schedule, but I rather doubt that their early RPI rankings are indicative of the quality of their squads.

Based on their performance through a competent (if not challenging) early schedule, are the Rebels destined to be led by their senior point guard to an elusive NCAA berth or will Madison Square Garden be, once again, the goal in alternative?