• Oh, yes, my friends, the most improved conference is the Atlantic 10, with quality teams Xavier, Rhode Island, Dayton, UMass, Charlotte, Saint Joseph's and a host of others. There are no cupcakes, baby! Best of luck to Commissioner Linda Bruno, who retires at the end of the year.
And this tidbit from his "All need-more-pub team" list:
•Leemire Goldwire (Charlotte), 5-11 senior guard: Has shown explosiveness at times. Ask Bob McKillop, since Goldwire put up 34 against Davidson.