Friday, September 22, 2006

Rankings: Trios


In addition to a solid inside-outside combo, which many teams have, the thing that sets apart the elite from the also-rans is that third option. Opponents can set up a game plan to shut down the top two players, but it is nearly impossible to contain a solid troika. When teams that have three outstanding players are hitting on all cylinders, they usually don't lose. Here are the top trios heading into the season (Note: I only took groups that had a mix of inside and outside--hence why Hofstra and Marquette don't make the list):

1. Florida: Taurean Green, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah
2. Alabama: Ronald Steele, Richard Hendrix, Jermareo Davidson
3. North Carolina: Tywon Lawson, Reyshawn Terry/Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough
4. Ohio State: Jamar Butler, Daequan Cook, Greg Oden
5. UCLA: Arron Afflalo, Josh Shipp, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
6. Arizona: Mustafa Shakur, Chase Budinger, Marcus Williams
7. Wisconsin: Kammron Taylor, Alando Tucker, Brian Butch
8. Georgia Tech: Javaris Crittenton, Thaddeus Young, Ra'Sean Dickey
9. Kansas: Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Julian Wright
10. Virginia Tech: Jamon Gordon, Zabian Dowdell, Coleman Collins

Five More to Watch:
Pittsburgh: Levance Fields, Sam Young, Aaron Gray
Washington: Justin Dentmon, Jon Brockman, Spencer Hawes
LSU: Dameon Mason, Tasmin Mitchell, Glen Davis
Syracuse: Paul Harris, Eric Devendorf, Demetris Nichols
Memphis: Antonio Anderson, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Joey Dorsey/Robert Dozier

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