This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Let us open the season at the College Hoops Barometer by celebrating the sublime and ridiculous in college basketball. On Wednesday evening, a player named Josh Williams for Robert Morris equaled the NCAA record with 15 3-pointers. He finished with 49 points to lead the Colonials past Mt. Aloysius. Where did this come from? Williams, who transferred to Robert Morris after two seasons with Akron to play with his younger brother, had never hit more than six 3-pointers. If you're curious about whose record Williams tied, it is Keith Veney of Marshall who hit 15 treys on his way to 51 points in 1996. With the way the game is leaning toward the perimeter, that record may not last long.
Williams' performance highlighted an interesting evening in which the Big 10 continued to show its dominance over the Big East in the Gavitt Games. Illinois, playing without Trent Frazier, lost to Georgetown and Nebraska squashed a rebuilding Seton Hall squad. Perhaps the most surprising result of the season was Michigan pummeling Villanova. Maybe the Big East will be up for grabs this year and Michigan will once again be underrated,
Ethan Happ, forward, Wisconsin Badgers
Under Bo Ryan, Wisconsin was known for players developing incrementally. Greg Gard served under Ryan for years and it looks like he has the same development pattern. Happ was excellent last year for a Badger team that struggled to find a wingman for the 6-foot-10 forward. In the early going, it looks like the