Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2010-11 College Basketball Preview

Here we are again... There's nothing wrong with more hoops!... I apologize for the delay on getting this up, but with the NBA and NFL in full effect, it snuck up on me... alas, I'll spare you the 300+ team breakdown, but here are a few thoughts/predictions on the season... enjoy!


Champ - Duke (not close)... Singler, Smith, Seth Curry, the Plumlees and Kyrie Irving.. wow...
Sleeper - North Carolina (duh)... Harrison Barnes looks like a stud and they have a ton of talent
POY - Kyle Singler, Duke

Atlantic 10
Champ - Temple... Lavoy Allen leads the most talented team... Xavier takes a step back
Sleeper - Richmond, Dayton
POY - Chris Wright, Dayton

Big East
Champ - Pittsburgh... Almost by default... 16-team conference and everyone has holes
Sleeper - Seton Hall... Better coach this year, and returning their top 4 players
POY - Corey Fisher, Villanova

Big 10
Champ - Michigan State... Best coach, elite player (Lucas), and crazy depth
Sleeper - Purdue... Even with the Hummel injury (again), they have Johnson and Etuan Moore...
POY - Demetri McCarney, Illinois

Big 12
Champ - Kansas... I'll take Bill Self over crazy Frank Martin (KSU)... that's what it comes down t
Sleeper - Colorado... Not sold on them, but they have great guard play, and that wins in college
POY - Jacob Pullen, Kansas State

Conference USA
Champ - Memphis... can't go against by far the most talented team...
Sleeper - UTEP... Almost pulled the trigger... Culpepper can really play
POY - Randy Culpepper, UTEP

Champ - Butler... Lose Gordon Hayward, but this is still a top 10-12 team... loaded
Sleeper - Cleveland State
POY - Shelvin Mack, Butler

Missouri Valley
Champ - Wichita State.. 4 starters back from a legit team last year.. conference is loaded though
Sleeper - Northern Iowa, Creighton
POY - Toure Murry, Wichita State

Mountain West
Champ - BYU... Jimmer! That's all they need...
Sleeper - San Diego State (not really a sleeper) or UNLV
POY - Jimmer Fredette, BYU... Best non-major player in the country

Champ - Washington... Isaiah Thomas leads the best team in a "rebounding" league...
Sleeper - UCLA... don't sleep on Ben Howland... lots of talent coming back...
POY - Isaiah Thomas, Washington

East Champ - Florida.... Returns everyone, and I had Kentucky here, but Kanter's injury hurts
West Champ - Miss. State... Best of the worst in the West... the East is deep and good though
Sleeper - Georgia... Quietly very talented with Thompkins and Leslie...
POY - Scotty Hopson, Tennessee

Champ - Utah State... Always one of the most well-coached teams in the country...
Sleeper - Nevada... Usually more talented and that continues here...
POY - Tai Wesley, Utah State

Champ - Gonzaga... By far the most talented team, and have to pick them until proven otherwise
Sleeper - Portland, Loyola Marymount... Sneaky depth in the WCC this year...
POY - Elias Harris, Gonzaga


1st Team
G - Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
G - Jimmer Fredette, BYU
F - Kyle Singler, Duke
F - Elias Harris, Gonzaga
C - Jajuan Johnson, Purdue

2nd Team
G - Nolan Smith, Duke
G - Demetri McCarney, Illinois
F - Trey Thompkins, Georgia
F - Harrison Barnes, UNC
C - Marcus Morris, Kansas

3rd Team
G - Shelvin Mack, Butler
G - Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
F - E'twuan Moore, Purdue
F - Austin Freeman, Georgetown
C - Jon Leuer, Wisconsin

G - Kyrie Irving, Duke
G - Brandon Knight, Kentucky
F - Harrison Barnes, UNC
F - Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
C - Perry Jones, Baylor


Sweet 16 - Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Pitt, Villanova, Kansas State, Kansas, Florida, BYU, Gonzaga, Temple, Butler, Washington

Elite 8 - Duke, Michigan State, Pitt, Kansas, Gonzaga, Purdue, Florida, Butler

Final 4 - Duke, Michigan State, Pitt, Purdue

Champs - Duke over Michigan State... Duke is just scarily loaded... people keep forgetting about this, but they now have Seth Curry eligible (killer as a freshman averaging 20 a game at Liberty) to go along with top-5 recruit Kyrie Irving... and oh, they return National POY favorite Kyle Singler, all-american guard Nolan Smith and both Plumlee brothers... it's not even fair... so of course, they won't win it...

Anyway... Enjoy college basketball... I always do..


TMR said...

hahaha "so of course.. they wont win it"


Nick said...

Students should be in the classroom learning Math and English.

drewdobs said...

Kalin Lucas, third team All-American? Not POY? Ouch!