Teams earning respect for early play
December, 7, 2011
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN.com
Nick Laham/Getty ImagesWell, hello there. Marquette and other teams are earning attention with big early wins.As the season began, it was easy to pinpoint a few teams that were clearly deserving of respect. Teams like Ohio State, North Carolina and Kentucky all flaunted top-tier rosters that served as neon marquees, announcing their status as prime-time contenders. But that's not the case with all schools, and now, with most teams at least eight games into the season, some previously unheralded squads are grabbing the spotlight by claiming some noteworthy wins.
Here's a look at some of the top wave-makers of the early season and whether they can continue their winning ways into the spring.