Brandon Paul is the catalyst for the Fighting Illini under first-year coach John Groce. (Credit: Illinois Sports Information)
Unbelievably, the mid- November-to-early April fest that is college basketball has one month behind it and several teams have emerged as surprises across the nation. Ken’s High Five capsulizes five squads that were not on the radar in November.
1.) Charlotte (9-0)
The 49ers are a young basketball team, starting three freshmen and two sophomores and are off to the best start in school history. The key has been the team’s focus from game to game and the quickness in developing chemistry with such a young eight-man rotation. The 49ers also have freshmen playing like veterans in guard Denzel Ingram and forwards Darion Clark and Willie Clayton. With Miami on the docket for Friday and Florida State a week from Saturday, we should get an account of how this team may do in such a deep Atlantic 10.
2.) Illinois (11-0)
The Fighting Illini haven’t looked back sinc...