Posted on: October 14, 2009 3:29 pm
I was asked to add a little more to this preview. Here it is.
The ACC was a dominant conference last year, with 7 (I think) NCAA Tourney berths and the National Champion. There has been a large loss of talent this year. EVeryone already knows of the losses at UNC. Also, Jack McClinton and Toney Douglas, stars at lesser known basketball schools, are gone. I think this will be somewhat of a down year for the ACC because, in my opinon, there is no National Championship or Final Four caliber team. This is still a great conference, but the ACC will take a backseat to the Big 12 and the Big 10. This trend will not last long though, and in 2010 there may be 2 or 3 Final Four caliber teams.
Posted on: October 13, 2009 7:07 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2009 3:20 pm
The ACC was a dominant conference last year, with seven NCAA Tourney berths and the National Champion. There has been a large loss of talent this year. EVeryone already knows of the losses at UNC. Also, Jack McClinton and Toney Douglas, stars at lesser known basketball schools, are gone. I think this will be somewhat of a down year for the ACC because, in my opinon, there is no National Championship or Final Four caliber team. This is still a great conference, but the ACC will take a backseat to the Big 12 and the Big 10. This trend will not last long though, and in 2010 there may be 2 or 3 Final Four caliber teams.
Here is my stab at the 2009-10 ACC season. I live right in the middle of the ACC, so I know that it is, in my opinion, the best conference in all of college basketball. Previewing the ACC is a tall task, but I have given my best effort to put a quality, deep preview of a great, prestigious basketball conference.
Here are last year’s standings:
Team Conference Overall
North Carolina 13-3 34-4
Pros: Duke is returning a lot of talent. They have only lost 3 players from last year’s roster. Two key returning players for Duke are Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler, who both have the potential to be national-caliber players. Their incoming recruiting class isn’t too bad either, with 2 All-Americans in Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee. Also, Andre Dawkins made the jump this year to play for the Blue Devils, and he is also a great player who can play quality minutes for Duke this year. Look for a Sweet 16, or possibly an Elite 8, appearance this year.
5. Wake Forest
Potential Conference Players of the Year
Rookie of the Year--Derrick Favors
Please feel free to comment on anything you disagree with or if I have made any errors. Thanks for reading. If you like what you’ve read, I try to post something new every day, so keep reading.
Posted on: October 12, 2009 9:52 am
This is my final team overview in my series of posts about the NCAA basketball season. Next, I will rank my top 10 teams, and pick my Final Four and National Champion.
Today is Kentucky:
I see this year for Kentucky to re-introduce themselves as a dominant force in college basketball. Regardless of what anyone says, Kentucky basketball has dramatically dropped off over the last 10 year, to the point where they didn’t even make the NCAA Tournament last year. Here are a few notes about my opinion on the Wildcats season this year.
--John Calipari is the supposed “savior” of this storied program. He has passed the first step in bring back this team, and that is bringing top recruits into Lexington. The arguably best freshman in the nation, John Wall, picked Kentucky over a host of other schools, and he will undoubtedly make a difference right away. This year’s recruiting class for UK is the best in years.
--But with Coach Cal comes quite a few questions. After he left Memphis, the whole Derrick Rose incident occurred, and a scandal was left for the Tigers to deal with. You’ve got to question his ethics, and what he might do to this great program.
--Kentucky is a young team, and I think they will stay healthy and fresh for the season. Also, I think they will be ready to play when it comes March time, and I see them getting into the Elite 8.
I think UK will have a season with 28+ wins, and an Elite 8 trip, at least. However, all this talent may be one-and-done, and it will be hard to sustain the level of talent that came in this year. They will surely have a great year, but after this year, I just don’t know.
Posted on: October 11, 2009 9:52 am
Today I am continuing my preview of this college basketball season. If you have read any of my posts, I am going over 5 top national teams, my final four picks, and my national champion.
Today is Michigan State:
Many online columnists are saying that Michigan State is a top 5 team. I tend to agree with these columnists.
--The Spartans made it to the 2009 National Championship game, and were handily defeated by the Tarheels. However, Michigan State has lost virtually no talent from last years Final Four team.
--There is no lack of depth at almost any position for the Spartans. They truly are a complete team. They have a great incoming recruiting class, and they have all that returning talent to help the team win quite a few games.
--From what I’ve heard, there isn’t really a team to challenge them in the Big 10. They will most likely dominate their conference, with a possible exception of Purdue. I would like to hear of another team in the Big 10 that could really be a threat to Michigan State winning the conference.
I see Michigan State having a 30+ win season, and another trip to the Final Four. They could possibly be in the national championship game. They are truly a very talented team.
That’s all for today from The Daily News: College Basketball
Tomorrow I will be previewing Kentucky.
Posted on: October 10, 2009 8:34 am
I am continuing my NCAA basketball preview today. I will be previewing 5 of the nation’s top teams, and eventually will pick my final four and national champion.
Today, I am going to look at Duke:
I am a die-hard duke fan. However, as I said yesterday, I will try to be impartial and objective.
I think Duke is a fairly special team. They aren’t a great team, however. Here are a few points that I think on their season.
--Duke has a problem that has plagued them for years. There is still no post presence, no dominant force under the basket. I have heard across several message boards that Miles Plumlee has been improving over the off-season, but I just don’t see a player who was so under-whelming last year to just come in and start dominating. I hope that he proves me wrong.
--With the loss of Gerald Henderson and the transfer of Eliot Williams to Memphis, Duke found themselves in an unusual position, not having enough outside players. Henderson was a major loss. He was the “playmaker” on Duke’s team over the last few years, and someone will have to step up and take that role this year. However, the loss of Eliot Williams is overhyped. With the addition of Andre Dawkins, Williams will be replaced by a fantastic player. Some could argue that Dawkins is a better player in the Duke system than Williams. To sum it up, Henderson is a major loss and someone will have to step up. As for Williams, I don’t see that being a problem for Duke this year.
--Duke is an interesting team to evaluate, because there are a lot of questions surrounding this team. I personally believe a lot of them will be answered when the season starts. I see duke being a top 10-15 team all year, and 25-28 wins.
Duke will have another fairly successful year, but not a dominant national team. I see another Sweet 16, and a slim possibility of an Elite 8 appearance. I think that next years team will be leaps and bounds beyond this years team.
That's all for now from College Basketball Central. Next up are the Michigan State Spartans,
Posted on: October 9, 2009 5:20 pm
I am continuing my NCAA basketball preview today. This is a series of blog posts about 5 top teams in the NCAA. After I cover these five teams I have selected, I will predict my final four, national championship game, and my eventual national champion.
Today is UNC:
Even though I am a die-hard Duke fan, I will try to be objective and impartial on my preview of the Tarheels.
I think Carolina will have a great season. Here are a few points on what I think will happen with the Tarheels for the 2009-10 season.
--I think this season will be successful, but not as near as much as last year’s dominant national championship run. I simply think they have lost too much to be that good. They lost 4 of their five starters from last year, and these players were major gears in the workings of the team last year. Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington are all gone from Chapel Hill, and these were all major scorers and defenders, not to mention Bobby Frasor as well. I think a reasonable win estimate is 23-25.
--The Tarheels always have a fantastic recruiting class coming in, and this year is no exception. Henson was a nationally recruited prospect, among others that Roy Williams landed. I expect the freshmen to take a fairly large role in the Tarheels’ team. At least one freshman will start in most people’s point of view, and a few others may get some quality minutes off the bench. I don’t think these players will be critical to the success of the team, however. There is enough experience for the rookies to not take a major role of the offense/defense.
--I don’t quite see a leader of the Carolina team this year. A lot of UNC fans claim that 5<sup>th</sup> year senior Marcus Ginyard, who red-shirted last year and has been plagued with huge injuries, is a clear leader. While I think that Ginyard is a great player, I don’t see him as a top leader for a nationally prestigious program. He hasn’t played in years, and even when he did play he didn’t have great numbers. And with a player that has such a hard time with injuries, what happens if he gets hurt again this season? He is a great defender, however, and I do expect him to be great on the defensive side of the ball. The only other leader-quality player in my eyes is Ed Davis, who may take a pivotal role this season. He is a great player in almost every facet of the game, and I expect he may be an All-American for this season. However, he cannot carry the team for the whole year. I just don’t see him holding up that long.
I expect Carolina to stay in the top 20 all year. They are still a special team who will do some damage in the ACC. I see UNC as a Sweet 16 when it comes around to March Madness.
Tomorrow I will overview Duke.
That’s all for now from College Basketball Central.
Posted on: October 8, 2009 9:55 pm
College basketball is right around the corner, and it’s about time for some basketball previews. I will be taking one of the top national teams each day and giving my opinion on their chances this season, and in the next few years.
Today is Kansas:
Kansas is considered by most to be a really special team this year. I agree with these people for several reasons.
--Cole Aldrich will be an All-American this year. He will lead this talented Jayhawks team to great success this season. He was a good player last year, but this year he will be a fantastic player who will have a lot of experience. In my opinion, he will be a first-team All American.
--There is no other team to challenge Kansas’s talent this year in the Big 12. Last year, Oklahoma was a major threat to the Kansas team. Blake Griffin was a dominant force last year. But last year was last year, and Griffin has gone to the pros. There is really no team that is near as talented as Kansas in their conference. Quite frankly, I believe it will be a cake walk for them, and they may lose one or two games all year in conference play at the most.
--There is simply no team in the nation that can challenge the talent that Kansas has year. They are so great, so dominant, and it will just be hard for other teams to challenge when March Madness comes around.
For these reasons, I believe that Kansas is the team to beat in the country. They will be Big 12 champions, a Final Four team, and eventually, the national champions.
That’s all for now. Tomorrow will be the North Carolina Tarheels.