Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Apparently College Basketball started last night. So time for another bad set of predictions.
Conferences I Don't Care About Winners
America East: Vermont, their back with more white guys then ever.
Atlantic Sun: Belmont, I love Belmont this year real sleeper.
Big Sky: Montana, The Grizz pound through the Sky.
Big South: Coastal Carolina, Chanticleers fight for Myrtle Beach pride.
Big West: Pacific, A Lock.
Colonial:UNC Wilmington, This conference is weirdly spread out.
Horizon: Butler, With the Bounce back to the Tourny.
Ivy League: Penn, It's always the Quakers.
Metro Atlantic: Marist, the Foxes do Rick Smitts proud.
Mid-American: Akron, Zips move onto the NCAA for first time in memory.
Mid Continent: IUPUI, Too many Vowels to contain.
Mid-Eastern: Coppin St., Should be the Copperheads.
Missouri Valley: Southern Illinois, Saluki power.
Mountain West: UNLV, The Rebels are back.
Northeast: CCSU, Connecticut homer.
Ohio Valley: Samford, And Sons.
Patriot League: Holy Cross, Worcester Homer.
Southern: Davidson, Have a buddy named Davidson, big fella.
Southland: Stephen F. Austin, Stonecold.
Southwestern: Southern, Aptly named.
Sun Belt: Louisiana Lafayette, cause their Ragin Cajuns.
West Coast: Gonzaga, Oooh tough one.
WAC: Utah St., Gotta have something to watch in Utah.
*Just in case you were curious if this looks familiar, well it does, I didn't change a damn thing from last year with those picks. And I don't care and you probably don't either.
Important Conference Winners
Technically the winner in each of these conferences are their respective tournament victors. However this is meant to be a pick of whom will win the regular season as the Tourny is more of a crapshoot than a full seasons worth of conference games.
ACC Winner: North Carolina, UNC is the current #1 team in the league with arguably the best player in America and clearly I was not going to go with Duke.
Atlantic 10 Winner: Xavier, the only real reason I care about this conference anymore is because I still reside in the Northeast, else wise it has fallen further away from the Power conference. Give it to Xavier cause they typically take home the crown.
Big East Winner: Georgetown, Picked the Hoyas last year and am going to hold steady on that pick. They have the size they have the athleticism to once again challenge for the Big East crown.
Big 10 Winner: Indiana, Kelvim has to limit the amount of text messages he can send recruits so perhaps that will spare him more time to coach the players currently on his roster.
Big 12 Winner: Kansas, the Jaywahks could pull the double if their cheeseburger eating head football coach can somehow pull off a few clutch upsets down the stretch. Their basketball team should be a decent sized favorite to win the Big 12.
Conference USA Winner: Memphis,No one in the Con USA is very good consistently other than Memphis and the Tigers continue to roll the competetion year in and year out.
Pac 10 Winner: UCLA, the Bruins keep on winning the Pac 10 with their painful and boring to watch Ben Howland defense. It doesn't help that Lute is taking a leave of absence with the Wildcats.
SEC Winner: Arkansas, the Razorbacks the past few seasons have shown spurts of being the best team in the SEC but typically fold at some point or another. This year could be the year they hold it together.
First Team All-America
G Brandon Rush - Helps Jayhawks to Big 12 title.
G OJ Mayo - Channels the Juice.
F Chase Budinger - I had to pick the Goofy looking white guy in the Pac 10.
F Tyler Hansbrough - Pretty much a consensus All-American.
C Roy Hibbert - Too tall for anyone to stop in the low block.
Freshman of the Year: OJ Mayo, I already told you he's channeling the Trojan Juice Forces what more do you need.
Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough, I went with him last year and missed out on the Durant pick. This year Mayo won't be as good and thus Hansbrough should walk away with the crown.
Coach on the Hotseat: Coach K, Well obviously not really. But maybe he should start refocusing on recruiting and winning college basketball games then coaching the Olympic squad.
Coach of the Year: John Pelphrey, Who? The coach for Arkansas. I picked them to win the SEC, if they do surely this guy will win the award.
Sleeper Squad to Make Tourny: Penn St., they typically get trounced each year in the Big 10 but luckily for them the conference is poor this season and maybe just maybe they could sneak out enough Ws to play a sole game of importance in March.
Kansas - The Jayhawks once again return a dynamite squad who should actually show up come this March.
Memphis - One of these years Memphis is going to take their superb talent back to the Final 4.
North Carolina - Jump on the big white guys back and you'll make it to the promise land.
Georgetown - Jump on the big black guys back and you'll make it to the promise land.
National Champion: Memphis Tigers
Why Memphis? Cause they already are 1-0 that's why. They currently have the best record in the country and at this pace will run the table. Anyway, it's about time this team makes some noise in the tournament, every year they are on the brink this time Calipari gets it done.