Friday, November 09, 2007

2007-2008 Preview

There is so much to say and such a great time is upon us again. B. Anthony is clearly still trying to hit his stride, but is sure that he and Money will bring joy, humor, and victory to your 2008 NCAA tournament experience. Please read and Enjoy.

I will list my favorite 16 teams. They will all make some noise this year, and yes, Memphis will look like UNLV circa 1992-93 during most of this year.

# 1 seeds for the NCAA tournament

South- Memphis: They will have a smooth shooting Chris Douglas-Roberts quietly filling the stat sheet with the forgotten mid-range game. But he is just one of many talents. Derrick Rose will make everyone better, he will block shots (2.1 a game) amazing for a pt. guard, he will get steals, (another 3 a game), and then there will be the several triple doubles he will post. He will get a very serious look at Player of the year with numbers something like 16.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 7.9 apg. Remember this is not the NBA, these will be gaudy #'s for a college 40 minute game! Highlight of the year "Send it in Joey" down comes the rim or the entire backboard!

East- North Carolina: They will be solid in a watered-down ACC. I don't like Hansborough, but he will get it done. Chances are good he is improved, and he was good last year. Ty Lawson is the quickest player in the land, and this makes a huge difference!

West- Washington State- Yes, the Cougars, and not the type the Conor F. is usually looking for in one of Corvey's swanking night spots! This team will simply win. They will win the best conference in the country, and it may not even be close. Defense Travels very well. They will be 14-4 which is a gaudy Pac-10 record. They will earn a #1 seed and deserve it. I don't think that will carry them to the final four, but they will get the top seed!

Midwest- This is a tough group, and the easy answer will be Kansas, but I am going to throw in a "money" pick and give you Kansas St! They have a schedule that won't challenge them very much all the way into the league. That will move them into the top 15 as everyone else has some early season losses. They will then battle through the Big 12, and when they shock the JayHawks to win the league, they will be the highest ranked school in the Midwest, about #6 and they will get the nod. Michael Beasley will put up Durant like numbers and Bill Walker will stay healthy and have a plethora of highlight dunks! The best of the rest in the Midwest will include some good teams!

Best of the Rest:

South- Tennessee, I hate this coach, but he doesn't play. Lofton will score a lot, the defense is good, and they hit the o-boards like Bruce Pearl hits on women who aren't his wife! (sweet Sixteen loss)
Louisville- I do like the big man Caracter, and I've known Padgett since he was 17, which by the way, was like 8 years ago. The kid has had injuries, transfers, etc., but he is very solid and fundamental. The guards can go, and Pitino can coach. With all that being said, the intensity is just too much for these Kids. Caracter will screw up and not live up to Pitino's rules, Padgett may get hurt again, and the 11 man rotation will scare the guards into 34% shooting as they look over their shoulder at the next wing at the scorers table checking in. This team will make it to the sweet Sixteen but will also bow out there.
VCU- I am guessing they are in the South as well! Another run to the Sweet Sixteen for this little darling! They can handle the rock, play with no fear, and guard play goes a long way. Eric Maynor will carry this team and he has 2 other starters back. The women in the South love these ballers, and nothing says great season like a lot of pre-game nookie! ( Not to mention how angry the Fathers of these Southern Belles will be!) Coach Grant has some good Freshman coming in, and beating Duke is always great for recruiting and high praise from B. Anthony. This team will duplicate last years 28 wins and may get 30 as they attempt to crack the Elite 8!!!!!!!

East- I hate to say this, but Duke. This team has quite of bit of experience back, and I really like the freshman Singler and the sophomore Gerald Henderson Jr. He can flat out score, jump, and he is not afraid to foul hard! They will be second fiddle all year to UNC, but they will be good.
Marquette- A team returning a lot of good players and a lot of confidence. This alone will lead them to a good record and probably a top 4 seed. Dominic James will stay healthy and put up some Gaudy #'s.
Villanova- Not sure why, but this team will just win a lot of games. Reynolds is one year older, and they seem to constantly compete at a high level. Give some of the credit to Coach Jay Wright!
While we are talking coaches, let's include West Virginia as a shocker team. They will follow the lead of their coach and fight their way into the tournament, and I don't want to be the team that plays them in the first round!

West- The west is loaded with Talent!
UCLA- This is just a superbly built team. Guard play, hustlers and wings, and solid hyped up Kevin Love. But it won't work again. Expectations are too high, the target on their back is too big, and Aaron Afflalo is not there to take all the big shots! They will not make 3 final fours in a row.
USC- Tim Floyd can simply cheat his way into the final rounds of this tournament. Oops, I meant to say coach. How is it that this team all of a sudden has NBA talent galore, and two other NBA players left last year!? Doesn't matter, talent wins, and this team will win, and they will make a deep run into the tournament. OJ Mayo will get a lot of bad press, but he can simply out muscle guys and score points near the bucket. They will also win a lot of games and show well for a loaded Pac-10.
Gonzaga- I just can't pass on this team or on the fun of Shrooms! I mean who didn't like a little enhanced senses when you were in the cold boring Northwest! They will simply win games, 30 again this year. They will make some noise, but may bow out right around the sweet sixteen. They do have a new JC transfer that looks like Hershel Walker. #50 Ira Brown G 6-4 235 Jr. Conroe,TX I am expecting some extremely scared SCU guards!

I am going to add Texas because I love DJ Augustine, and they continue to bring in solid recruiting class. They think they are in the west, and at least Austin is a western thinking city!

(By the way, Arizona will be a major disappointment and will lose at Oregon St, inexplicably, again!) Lute is not well, and his team will suffer!

Midwest- Indiana- Eric Gordon and DJ White are enough to make this team great. The phone bill for Coach will be even bigger. I see this team winning the Big Ten, but the league is tough and all the road losses won't have them high enough. They will make a deep run in the tournament and the Elite 8 is a realistic achievement.
Michigan State- Experience, Experience, and guard play. I used to not like Neitzel, but what can you say about the kid? He is good, he scores, and it seems like he has been there for ever! This team will be another sweet sixteen visitor!
Kansas- Extremely talented, and great for this forum! They will cover some huge spreads this year, and will win a lot of games, probably 27! However, everyone gets so damn excited to beat them, so watch out for another unfortunate exit. We will, however, frequently write about their performance.
Southern Illinois- I can never leave off the Salukis! Just too much defensive intensity! This is what you call "Hustleberg"

Well, I hope this gives you some joy, and expect these will be teams we will wager on throughout the year. There is a lot of college games tonight, and I soon as some new lines come out, we will see if we can kick off the weekend by building a kitty!

B. Anthony

If you are still reading: There is so much out there, it was very difficult to limit.

5* Picks
Kansas State -22
Air Force -13½

4* picks
E CENTRAL OKLAHO +15 (another anti USF bet, they can't beat anyone by 15)
Kansas -26


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