Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Money's Preseason NCAA predictions

Things have slowed down here at the Truth, but that won’t stop Money from putting a few things on paper to come back and look at 6 months from now.

Michigan State will win it all this year. They have a great core of players returning. MSU is always among the best defensive teams in the country and Tom Izzo arrives to the Final Four every year. His allegiance towards staying with Michigan State and not opting for the NBA game is rewarded.

Final Four:
Michigan State
Ohio State

B. Anthony predicts Duke may go undefeated this year. I think he may be right, at least for the regular season. This team is loaded. I see three reasons why they don’t win it all.
1) Egos: As stated, they are loaded, which means some guys will have lesser roles than they envisioned. Will they buy into the team philosophy?
2) Height: Zubek may have been annoying but he was big and clogged up the middle. The Plumlee brothers are not the same type of players and represent the biggest guys on the team.
3) Nobody repeats

I like the returning pieces for Ohio State in Buford, Diebler, Lighty and Lauderdale. Throw in Jared Sullinger who may be the number one pick in the NBA Draft next year and you have a very nice team.

Illinois rounds out my last team to make the Final Four. Demetri McCamey is a nut ball and he may crash and burn and take this team or Bruce Weber down with him. I bet he recognizes the importance of this year and thrives. They have major size, a good backcourt and can shoot.

Yes, I like the Big Ten this year with 3 teams making the Final Four. I like Wisconsin to be very good too. Heck, I like Purdue now even with Robbie Hummel out for the year again with another torn ACL; Poor guy.

Teams I am buying;
Pittsburgh – Great defensively. Good core of players in Gibbs, Wanamaker and McGhee.
Missouri – Is there a more feared team to play every year in the tournament than Missouri? The names come and go but the relentless style by Mike Anderson remains
Wisconsin – If Jon Leuer stays healthy, they will win all home games this year and get to Sweet 16.
San Diego State – Too small to make a deep run, but really talented. All five starters return.
BYU – Jimmer Fredette
Temple – Great Defense, 3 starters back from a good squad last year
Dayton – Fun team to watch. Rolled through NIT and return best player in Chris Wright.

Teams I am selling;
Kentucky – Lost everyone and can’t keep surviving/excelling with one and done players.
Syracuse – Foundation of Wes Johnson, Rautins and Onuaku are gone.
Gonzaga – A few people are picking them to win it all. Not a chance. No speed or athleticism or point guard.
Butler – Unfortunately the magic is gone. Gordon Hayward will be brought up in every game these guys play.
Florida – All five starters return. Unfortunately they sucked.
Tennessee – Bruce Pearl and the Tennessee program will be irrelevant in a year.
PAC 10 – Another down year for the Pac 10. No lottery picks again this year. Heck, Derrick Williams of Arizona may be the only player drafted period.

Enjoy the season!


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