It's award season, baby! The Golden Globes have been handed out and the Oscars are around the corner, so why not the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) midseason college hoop awards?
Let's polish up those statues and give kudos to the crème de la crème, the best of the best, so far in this college hoops campaign.
Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
There are so many great candidates, such as Sean Miller of Arizona, Bo Ryan of Wisconsin or Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State. I am picking Boeheim because he had to replace his starting backcourt of Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche. They were good enough to get to the Final Four last season.
Player: Doug McDermott, Creighton
Diaper Dandy: Jabari Parker, Duke
We've seen first-year players, including Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins and Tyler Ennis, turn in some big performances. But even though Parker has struggled a bit lately, he's my choice as the best player in a talented freshman class.
Marco Polo: DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
There are so many important players who transferred: T.J. McConnell, Rodney Hood, Joseph Young and the list goes on and on. But Kane has been superb, scoring 30 on Baylor recently and leading the Cyclones to their best start ever.
Surprise Team: Wisconsin
The Badgers were supposed to have a decent season, but Bo Ryan's club has been among the elite. Iowa State is a close second in this category.
Disappointing Team: Marquette
The Golden Eagles were in the preseason Top 25. Marquette was also favored in the Big East, but currently sits at 9-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Top Conference: Big Ten
I thought the ACC was going to be the best this season, but the Big Ten has dominated. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State have been high in the rankings all season long. Illinois has been better than advertised, despite its loss at Wisconsin.
Best Defensive Player: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
The Buckeyes' guard is always in the face of the opposition. If you saw Ohio State's loss at Michigan State, then you saw his tenacity on display.
Best Frontcourt: Arizona
Best Backcourt: Michigan State