"The early-season schedule has given us some great opportunity to do a lot of things," Izzo said. "If you look at it, we’ve played against one of the best zones in America (Syracuse). We’ve played against some of the best point guards, maybe, in the last 10 years. If you look at the number of great point guards that we’ve played against so far, it’s mind-boggling. "We played against one of the better 3-point shooting teams in Washington; one of the better low-post games that we’ll face, when you look at (Oakland’s Keith) Benson and (Will) Hudson, their one-two punch, playing against the quality of players they’ve played against, is probably the best one-two punch we’ll face this year inside. We played against a pressing team, in South Carolina. And we’ve played against a ton of All-Americans."The coach looks on the bright side of life Also: Keith Appling will continue to start. Which I think is a good thing. If this team is going to be successful long-term, Appling will need to be a big part of it.