It's that time of the year: When college basketball turns to conference play. No more Tuesday night games versus state schools that aren't states (Kennesaw St., Jackson St., Alcorn St.). No more Thursday nights wishing that ESPN had something better to show than Memphis-Austin Peay.
No, this is it! Conference play! Duke-Carolina! Syracuse-Georgetown! Creighton-Wichita State! In this, the first true week of conference play, there is so much to be excited about. These seven gentlemen of college basketball deserve praise for being particularly badass.
1. Michigan's Trey Burke
Trey Burke is having himself a very, VERY good year of basketball. The Michigan guard is shooting 39.2% from 3-point range, and he's one of only 11 players in the game averaging more than 7 assists per night.
Also: He tends to make plays like this.
2. VCU's Troy Daniels
3. Indiana's Victor Oladipo
4. Kansas' Bill Self
I have been, Fran. And I still cannot comprehend it.