Saturday, November 26, 2005

A little ESPN love for the Big West

The Big West is a small fish in the multi-million (billion?) dollar enterprise that is Division I NCAA men's basketball.

So it was a nice surprise to see a little east-coast media love for Cal State Fullerton, the team expected to win the Big West this year.

Fran Fraschilla said this of CSUF:
What I love about mid-major basketball is that Bobby Brown, the Titans' outstanding junior guard, is a legitimate NBA prospect ... but didn't start on his high school team, the juggernaut Westchester Comets in Los Angeles. Brown took a backseat to the likes of Arizona's Hassan Adams, Georgetown's Brandon Bowman and Ashanti Cook, and San Diego State's Brandon Heath. Bob Burton, a California junior college legend, has Fullerton in the picture for an NCAA bid for the first time in 29 years. This should be a fun team to watch.
Doug Gottlieb also raves about Bobby Brown and the Titans:
Bobby Brown might have the name of a has-been music star, but in the Big West, he is the player to watch. This team won 13 of its 17 games, including going 2-1 on the road in the postseason NIT. If Brown can get Jermaine Harper and Jamaal Brown involved (Brown is a scorer who needs a bit better pure point guard skill), there is no telling whom they might surprise in the big tourney this year.


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