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2011-12 College Hoops Preview

2011-12 College Hoops Preview: ACC


The Atlantic Coast Conference had last year’s preseason favorites in the Duke Blue Devils, and they might again this year in the North Carolina Tar Heels. But, this year’s conference is uncharacteristically shallow. Beyond the two Tobacco Road rivals, no other ACC team is expected to make a deep run in the NCAAs, as the other 10 teams have national championship odds set at 100-to-1 or greater. Still, as one of college basketball’s most storied conferences, there will always be competitive play and surprises, which should make for another exciting 2011-2012 season.
Predicted Order of Finish:
1. Duke
2. North Carolina
3. Florida State
4. NC State
5. Virginia Tech
6. Virginia
7. Miami (FL)
8. Georgia Tech
9. Clemson
10. Maryland
11. Boston College
12. Wake Forest

DUKE BLUE DEVILS
2010-11 SU Record: 87% (32-5)
2010-11 ATS Record: 56% (20-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 47% (17-19)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 15/1

The Blue Devils lost their three best scorers from last season in seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, in addition to the top pick in the NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving. But head coach Mike Krzyzewski brings in one of the country’s top recruiting classes, headlined by shooting guard Austin Rivers. Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Tyler Thornton, and Rivers form one of the most dangerous backcourts in the nation, and if they can receive production in the paint from Mason and Miles Plumlee, they will be difficult to beat.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
2010-11 SU Record: 78% (29-8)
2010-11 ATS Record: 49% (16-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 44% (15-19)
Returning Starters: 5
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 7/2

After making it to the Elite Eight last season, the Tar Heels return five starters in Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Kendall Marshall. But, they will have to find some playing time for two of the nation’s top recruits in power forward James McAdoo and shooting guard P.J. Hairston. McAdoo joins a North Carolina frontcourt that led the country in rebounding last season (42.5 rebounds per game). The Tar Heels were dominant at home last season (15-0) under the always successful head coach Roy Williams, and are a top contender nationally.

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
2010-11 SU Record: 68% (23-11)
2010-11 ATS Record: 59% (16-11)
2010-11 Over (Total): 41% (11-16)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

The Seminoles are always a tenacious defensive squad, but will they keep that identity without lockdown forward and team leading scorer Chris Singleton? Hopefully for Florida State, 6-foot-7 freshman Antwan Space will help the Seminoles remain one of the country’s top rebounding teams (13th last season). After North Carolina and Duke, they are the third-best team in the ACC.

NC STATE WOLFPACK
2010-11 SU Record: 48% (15-16)
2010-11 ATS Record: 40% (10-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (12-12)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Wolfpack might be the best value play in the conference, without a lot of hype and potential for an overwhelming frontcourt. Forward C.J. Leslie comes back for his sophomore season, and Richard Howell returns for his junior year. Last season, in only 18.2 minutes per game, Howell averaged 7.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest, showing his vast potential.

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
2010-11 SU Record: 65% (22-12)
2010-11 ATS Record: 46% (13-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (15-15)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

To truly contend in the ACC this year, developing guard Erick Green will have to pick up the scoring of Malcolm Delaney, who led the team in his senior season with 18.7 points per game. With one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, the team should have enough able bodies to fill the void left by the graduation of Jeff Allen in the frontcourt, who led the team in rebounding for all four of his seasons.

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
2010-11 SU Record: 52% (16-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 65% (17-9)
2010-11 Over (Total): 39% (9-14)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Cavaliers missed Mike Scott last year for 21 games after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury. But if he stays healthy in his fifth season he is a double-double machine who creates matchup troubles (15.9 PPG and 10.2 RPG last season) for almost any opponent.

MIAMI HURRICANES
2010-11 SU Record: 58% (21-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 52% (15-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 52% (16-15)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Malcolm Grant is a great shooter (2.6 three-pointers per game last year), and the team can only get better in conference under former George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga. The Hurricanes went 43-69 (38%) in the ACC in the past seven years under Frank Haith.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
2010-11 SU Record: 42% (13-18)
2010-11 ATS Record: 40% (10-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 40% (10-15)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Yellow Jackets will miss Iman Shumpert, so junior Glen Rice Jr. and incoming freshman Julian Royal will need to step up, if THE team wants to improve on its 5-11 ACC finish last season.

CLEMSON TIGERS
2010-11 SU Record: 65% (22-12)
2010-11 ATS Record: 52% (15-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 37% (10-17)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

Five-foot-9 Andre Young returns to guide the Tigers backcourt for his senior season, but the key for Clemson will be the development of head coach Brad Brownell in his second year at the helm.

MARYLAND TERRAPINS
2010-11 SU Record: 58% (19-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 41% (11-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (13-13)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 200/1

Expect a year of transition for the Terrapins in their first season without Gary Williams roaming the sidelines. Mark Turgeon is a good coach, but his squad will sorely miss rebounding monster Jordan Williams in the post.

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
2010-11 SU Record: 62% (21-13)
2010-11 ATS Record: 60% (18-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 59% (17-12)
Returning Starters: 1
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

With nine freshmen and two transfers, this team has potential, but also a lot of room for growth. Expect them to take steps back before they move forward and gel as a team.

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS
2010-11 SU Record: 25% (8-24)
2010-11 ATS Record: 35% (9-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 59% (16-11)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1 (Field)

The Demon Deacons return three of their four double-digit scorers from last season in Travis McKie, C.J. Harris and J.T. Terrell, but that core led them to a miserable 8-24 record last season. Unless they surprise with some early season fight, play against these bottom feeders.

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10/19/2011 07:02 PM

2011-12 College Hoops Preview: Big 12

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The Big 12 has no clear front-runner and has five teams with a strong chance at this year’s NCAA Tournament. Kansas will be the early season favorite in the polls, but Baylor should be the play in this conference with a good combination of experience and talent. The team to watch out for is definitely Texas – with one of the best freshman classes in the country, the Longhorns could take the conference by storm if their young guns prove ready for the big stage.

Predicted Order of Finish:
1. Baylor
2. Kansas
3. Missouri
4. Texas A&M
5. Texas
6. Kansas State
7. Oklahoma State
8. Iowa State
9. Oklahoma
10. Texas Tech

BAYLOR BEARS
2010-11 SU Record: 58% (18-13)
2010-11 ATS Record: 30% (7-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 39% (9-14)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 35/1

The Bears return almost their entire lineup from last season, most importantly the conference’s Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III. As a freshman, the 6-foot-11 center averaged 13.9 PPG on an efficient 54.9 FG%, something he can definitely translate into more success in his sophomore campaign. Joining Jones III in the frontcourt are returnees Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones and J’mison Morgan who should allow the Bears to consistently outrebound their opponents. Gone is Big 12 all-time leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn, but National Junior College Player of the Year Pierre Jackson and dunking freshman sensation Deuce Bello comprise an exciting new backcourt.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
2010-11 SU Record: 92% (35-3)
2010-11 ATS Record: 53% (19-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 56% (19-15)
Returning Starters: 1
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 35/1

Kansas will be a much different looking squad this season without the Morris brothers down low and Josh Selby pushing the ball. Freshmen swingman Ben McLemore and point guard Naadir Tharpe headline a decent recruiting class for the Jayhawks, and will be needed to contribute immediately. Still, there will be a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Tyshawn Taylor, the lone returning starter, for Kansas to live up to its always lofty expectations.

MISSOURI TIGERS
2010-11 SU Record: 68% (23-11)
2010-11 ATS Record: 41% (12-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 56% (15-12)
Returning Starters: 5
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 75/1

Unfortunately for the Tigers, most of the preseason spotlight has centered on the controversies of incoming coach Frank Haith from Miami. Interestingly, this makes them a surprisingly good bet as an experienced team (all five starters return) that isn’t getting the respect it deserves. Marcus Denmon leads a cast of five players who all averaged double-figure scoring last year (Laurence Bowers, Ricardo Ratliffe, Michael Dixon and Kim English). Missouri went 15-3 out-of-conference last season but only 8-8 against Big 12 foes. If the Tigers can beat up on their weak conference opponents, they can be a big surprise with Haith at the helm.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES
2010-11 SU Record: 73% (24-9)
2010-11 ATS Record: 54% (13-11)
2010-11 Over (Total): 38% (9-15)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

After being upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year as a seven seed, the Aggies bring back their top two scorers in Khris Middleton and David Loubeau to try and improve on their 24-9 mark from last season. To add to their already strong core, they get a strong recruit in point guard Jamal Branch, who can hopefully help a weak backcourt that averaged only 13.5 assists per game last season.

TEXAS LONGHORNS
2010-11 SU Record: 78% (28-8)
2010-11 ATS Record: 65% (20-11)
2010-11 Over (Total): 37% (11-19)
Returning Starters: 0
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 40/1

The Longhorns are the enigma of this year’s Big 12; although they return no starters, they also have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. The gem is Canadian point guard Myck Kabongo, and if he can make the quick transition to the college game, Texas could find itself closer to the top of the conference.

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
2010-11 SU Record: 68% (23-11)
2010-11 ATS Record: 43% (12-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 43% (12-16)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 200/1

After Texas, there is a big drop in talent in the Big 12, but the Wildcats head that next tier. They were strong enough last season to earn a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but will need to prove they can score without the graduated Jacob Pullen (20.2 PPG). Swingman Rodney McGruder and forward Jamar Samuels will be asked to do much more this season.

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
2010-11 SU Record: 59% (20-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 50% (14-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 41% (12-17)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Cowboys’ hope for this season rests on the shoulders of one of the nation’s top recruits, small forward LeBryan Nash. Other than that, the freshman joins a team with limited experience and talent.

IOWA STATE CYCLONES
2010-11 SU Record: 50% (16-16)
2010-11 ATS Record: 57% (16-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 54% (14-12)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 200/1

The Cyclones do not have much of a chance to compete in this year’s Big 12. To pull off any upsets, they will have to rely on the sharp shooting of Scott Christopherson, who made 86 three-pointers last season at an impressive 44.1% clip.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
2010-11 SU Record: 44% (14-18)
2010-11 ATS Record: 46% (12-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 39% (9-14)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Even though the Sooners bring back four starters, they do not include Cade Davis who led the team in scoring last season. They will be fighting with the Red Raiders to avoid last place in the Big 12.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
2010-11 SU Record: 41% (13-19)
2010-11 ATS Record: 44% (12-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 58% (14-10)
Returning Starters: 1
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

This will be a transition year for the Red Raiders, with nine incoming freshmen, although not nine highly-touted ones. They will need time for their game to develop, and should be the Big 12 bottom feeders.

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10/21/2011 06:10 PM

2011-12 College Hoops Preview: Big East


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The Big East may be the deepest conference in the nation, with four elite teams and up to six others that will be vying for a berth to the big dance. Syracuse, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Georgetown will also feature some of the top freshmen the country has to offer, making the conference must-watch TV. Although many will favor the Huskies to win the conference after winning the title last season, Syracuse is the smart Big East play with the most balanced squad.

Predicted Order of Finish:
1. Syracuse
2. Louisville
3. Pittsburgh
4. Connecticut
5. Marquette
6. Georgetown
7. Villanova
8. Cincinnati
9. St. John’s
10. Notre Dame
11. West Virginia
12. South Florida
13. Seton Hall
14. Rutgers
15. DePaul
16. Providence

SYRACUSE ORANGE
2010-11 SU Record: 77% (27-8)
2010-11 ATS Record: 46% (15-18)
2010-11 Over (Total): 45% (14-17)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 15/1

The Orange bring back most of their team from last year that disappointed relative to their talent. Leading scorer Kris Joseph and the starting backcourt of Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche form a solid nucleus. Although they will miss Rick Jackson who averaged a double-double, top recruit Rakeem Christmas, a shot-blocking presence in the lane, should help fill that void for them. He and fellow McDonald’s All-American guard Michael Carter-Williams headline another strong recruiting class for Jim Boeheim.

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
2010-11 SU Record: 71% (25-10)
2010-11 ATS Record: 61% (19-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 41% (13-19)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 18/1

Although Louisville’s leading scorer from last season in Preston Knowles is gone, Rick Pitino should have no problem finding somebody to score on this team. Sharp-shooter Kyle Kuric and the backcourt of Peyton Siva and Chris Smith all averaged over nine points per game. Freshman Wayne Blackshear has an NBA-body at 6-foot-5, and is one of the best natural scorers in the class of 2011. Add him and fellow top recruit, power forward Chane Behanan to a team that finished tied for third in the conference last year, and this will be a well-coached powerhouse that nobody will look forward to playing.

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS
2010-11 SU Record: 82% (28-6)
2010-11 ATS Record: 52% (15-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 46% (13-15)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 20/1

Like Syracuse and Louisville, Pitt has a decent remaining core and brings in a few top freshmen to bolster the lineup. The gem is Canadian center Khem Birch, who will be instrumental in keeping the Panthers a top rebounding squad. Last season, Pitt was eighth in the nation with 39.8 boards per contest. And, fans need not worry about their backcourt with Ashton Gibbs returning for his senior season after knocking down 3.3 treys per game, making him a preseason favorite for Big East Player of the Year.

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
2010-11 SU Record: 78% (32-9)
2010-11 ATS Record: 66% (23-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 41% (14-20)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 20/1

The Huskies have four returning starters, but are missing the most important piece from their 2011 National Championship winning squad, Kemba Walker. UConn still has Jeremy Lamb (16.2 PPG in NCAA Tournament) and Alex Oriakhi (11 double-doubles), and Jim Calhoun received a big boost when Andre Drummond committed in August. The best center in the class of 2011 keeps the Huskies in the top tier of the Big East, rounding out four teams that could make their way into the nation’s top-10.

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
2010-11 SU Record: 60% (22-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 58% (18-13)
2010-11 Over (Total): 33% (10-20)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

Even though the Golden Eagles are not in the same class as the top four Big East teams, they are strong and should be tourney bound. Senior Darius Johnson-Odom (15.8 PPG) should lead Marquette in scoring again on a team that has returning talent like Jae Crowder (11.8 PPG), but is void of top freshmen joining the mix.

GEORGETOWN HOYAS
2010-11 SU Record: 66% (21-11)
2010-11 ATS Record: 48% (15-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 43% (12-16)
Returning Starters: 1
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

If the Hoyas truly contend in this year’s Big East, it will be due to a talented group of freshmen, led by small forward Otto Porter. With senior Jason Clark the only double-digit scorer remaining (12.0 PPG), Georgetown and head coach John Thompson III will have to come up with a new offensive game-plan for this season.

VILLANOVA WILDCATS
2010-11 SU Record: 64% (21-12)
2010-11 ATS Record: 40% (12-18)
2010-11 Over (Total): 46% (13-15)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

With Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes having graduated, the Wildcats backcourt will look radically different this season and need a way to replace the 139 three-pointers they combined to make. Freshman recruit Tyrone Johnson will be instrumental in doing just that, who should take over the reins at point guard from game one to join Maalik Wayns (13.8 PPG) in the backcourt.

CINCINNATI BEARCATS
2010-11 SU Record: 74% (26-9)
2010-11 ATS Record: 55% (16-13)
2010-11 Over (Total): 36% (10-18)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

The Bearcats were decent last season, going 26-9 and 11-7 in the Big East. Forward Yancy Gates (11.9 PPG) and guard Dion Dixon (11.6 PPG), the team’s two leading scorers from last season, are both back for their senior seasons and an NCAA Tournament berth is definitely in the conversation for this team.

ST. JOHN’S RED STORM
2010-11 SU Record: 64% (21-12)
2010-11 ATS Record: 45% (14-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 55% (16-13)
Returning Starters: 0
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 50/1

Nobody knows what to expect from the Red Storm this season after making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 last season and losing 10 seniors. Although their highly-rated recruiting class has been hurt by three of the recruits being declared academically ineligible for the first semester, they Johnnies still add six strong bodies (including two junior college transfers) that give them the potential to be dangerous.

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
2010-11 SU Record: 79% (27-7)
2010-11 ATS Record: 57% (17-13)
2010-11 Over (Total): 54% (14-12)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

The Fighting Irish will sorely miss Ben HanXXXough (18.4 PPG), but they still have forward Tim Abromaitis (15.4 PPG) to keep them steady in this transition year for head coach Mike Brey.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
2010-11 SU Record: 64% (21-12)
2010-11 ATS Record: 43% (13-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 48% (13-14)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 75/1

A team coached by Bob Huggins will always be competitive, especially one with forward Kevin Jones (13.1 PPG) on it. But with six raw freshmen, the Mountaineers will have a tough time sticking with the top guns in the Big East.

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
2010-11 SU Record: 30% (10-23)
2010-11 ATS Record: 53% (16-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 52% (15-14)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Many have the Bulls pegged to be in the cellar of the Big East this season after a 3-15 conference finish last year, but they could surprise some under the leadership of senior forward Augustus Gilchrist (13.4 PPG), a top player in the conference.

SETON HALL PIRATES
2010-11 SU Record: 42% (13-18)
2010-11 ATS Record: 48% (14-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 31% (8-18)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Pirates will miss their top two scorers from last season, Jeremy Hazell and Jeff Robinson, but they still have senior forward Herb Pope (9.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG), an elite forward who can rebound and block shots with the best of them.

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
2010-11 SU Record: 47% (15-17)
2010-11 ATS Record: 54% (14-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (13-13)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The lone bright spot on the Rutgers squad this season will be local New Jersey recruit Myles Mack who should develop into one of the best point guards in the conference over time.

DePAUL BLUE DEMONS
2010-11 SU Record: 23% (7-24)
2010-11 ATS Record: 48% (14-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 57% (16-12)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1 (Field)

Forward Cleveland Melvin (14.3 PPG) is a force to be reckoned with entering his sophomore year, but he won’t get the help he needs to turn DePaul into a contender.

PROVIDENCE FRIARS
2010-11 SU Record: 47% (15-17)
2010-11 ATS Record: 39% (11-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 62% (16-10)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Friars should expect to spend the year in the Big East cellar, trying to figure out how to replace the scoring production of Marshon Brooks (24.6 PPG).

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10/24/2011 06:42 PM

2011-12 College Hoops Preview: Big Ten

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Unlike some other conferences, the Big Ten has a clear-cut favorite to come out on top with the Ohio State Buckeyes, led by one of the best players in the country in Jared Sullinger. This is not to discredit this conference’s depth though, with Michigan, Wisconsin, and Michigan State among teams that can definitely expect to be dancing come March. Additionally, some other teams may be surprisingly competitive despite low expectations, such as Indiana and Iowa. Ultimately, it will be another physical season of Big Ten hoops.

Predicted Order of Finish:
1. Ohio State
2. Michigan
3. Wisconsin
4. Michigan State
5. Illinois
6. Minnesota
7. Indiana
8. Iowa
9. Purdue
10. Northwestern
11. Nebraska
12. Penn State

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
2010-11 SU Record: 92% (34-3)
2010-11 ATS Record: 53% (18-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 56% (19-15)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 8/1

Ohio State brings back only two starters, but its top two scorers from last season return in Jared Sullinger and William Buford. The forward Sullinger was a standout freshman and could win National Player of the Year honors this season after not declaring for the NBA Draft. The Buckeyes are one of the top teams in the nation and will be under good leadership with Thad Matta, who won’t be afraid to throw freshman point guard Shannon Scott into the fire right away. While the conference has a lot of depth, there is no doubt that Ohio State is the cream of the crop and should easily earn another conference title.

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
2010-11 SU Record: 60% (21-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 73% (22-8)
2010-11 Over (Total): 57% (16-12)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 40/1

After almost upsetting Duke in the Round of 32 in last year’s NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines return a talented core of four starters to help them advance farther this year. Although they lost their leading scorer from last season in Darius Morris, Tim Hardaway Jr. (13.9 PPG) should be able to fill the scoring void. Add two talented freshmen into the mix with guards Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke, this should be a difficult team to defend. Ohio State is the class of the conference, but Michigan has the most potential to give them a run for their money.

WISCONSIN BADGERS
2010-11 SU Record: 74% (25-9)
2010-11 ATS Record: 57% (17-13)
2010-11 Over (Total): 59% (17-12)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 60/1

Wisconsin has only two returning starters from last year’s squad, but one of them is senior guard Jordan Taylor, who averaged 18.1 PPG last season. Taylor is a deadly 3-point shooter (42.9%) and is also his team’s top returning rebounder (4.1 RPG) and assist man (4.7 APG). Jarrod Uthoff is a key recruit in Bo Ryan’s frontcourt, helping complete a Badgers’ squad that is fairly even with Michigan’s.

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
2010-11 SU Record: 56% (19-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 34% (11-21)
2010-11 Over (Total): 39% (13-20)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 40/1

Michigan State will miss Kalin Lucas, the engine of their offense last season, but that could pave the way for the Spartans frontcourt to shine. Forward Draymond Green is an inside and outside threat, knocking down more than one three-pointer per game last season while also pulling in 8.6 rebounds per contest. Small forward recruit Branden Dawson is one of the top recruits in the nation, and Tom Izzo always manages to turn his team into late-season contenders.

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
2010-11 SU Record: 59% (20-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 52% (17-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (16-16)
Returning Starters: 1
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

After Michigan State, there is another drop in class within the conference, with Illinois heading the next tier. The Fighting Illini only have one starter coming back from last season, but are built for the future with a strong recruiting class. Center Nnanna Egwu, point guard Tracy Abrams, power forward Mike Shaw, and small forward Mycheal Henry are four very strong freshmen who should help juniors Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson shoulder the scoring load.

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
2010-11 SU Record: 55% (17-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 36% (11-20)
2010-11 Over (Total): 48% (14-15)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

Minnesota unfortunately fell victim to a number of injuries last season, but brings back what should be one of the best frontcourts in the conference. Trevor Mbakwe averaged a double-double last season (13.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG), while Ralph Sampson III averaged over two blocks per game last season. If their guards can contribute, they will surprise.

INDIANA HOOSIERS
2010-11 SU Record: 38% (12-20)
2010-11 ATS Record: 40% (10-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (13-13)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

Indiana might be the surprise of the conference, at least in terms of defying expectations. The Hoosiers were a dreadful 3-15 in conference last year, but bring back four starters (Christian Watford, Verdell Jones III, Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek) add one of the nation’s premier big men in Cody Zeller.

IOWA HAWKEYES
2010-11 SU Record: 36% (11-20)
2010-11 ATS Record: 47% (14-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 44% (12-15)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 200/1

Iowa brings back four starters from last season including its top three scorers, led by Matt Gatens (12.6 PPG) in the backcourt. The Hawkeyes have the most potential down low, however, led by Melsahn Basabe who shot 57.2% from the floor last season, with 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest.

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
2010-11 SU Record: 77% (26-8)
2010-11 ATS Record: 62% (18-11)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (15-15)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 75/1

This will be a transitional year for the Boilermakers – even though they return three starters, they will have to replace the 38.5 PPG that JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore combined for last season. Fifth-year senior Robbie Hummel is fully healthy after multiple knee surgeries, but 5-foot-9 Lewis Jackson (8.0 PPG) is the highest-scoring returnee from last season.

NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
2010-11 SU Record: 59% (20-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 54% (15-13)
2010-11 Over (Total): 57% (16-12)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 200/1

With four returning starters, the Wildcats have a chance to fight their way out of the Big Ten cellar this season. The key will be John Shurna building on his success last season when he averaged 16.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and made 43.4% of his three-point attempts.

NEBRAKSA CORNHUSKERS
2010-11 SU Record: 59% (19-13)
2010-11 ATS Record: 44% (11-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 36% (9-16)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Although the Cornhuskers have four returning starters, they do not have the talent to compete in the Big Ten on a nightly basis. They have hope down low with big man Jorge Brian Diaz (10.5 PPG), but this new addition to the conference will struggle mightily.

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
2010-11 SU Record: 56% (19-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 59% (17-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (14-14)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Nittany Lions will run into great difficulties this season finding ways to score without star guard Talor Battle (20.3 PPG), and three other departing players who combined for 27.0 PPG last season (Jeff Brooks, David Jackson and Andrew Jones).

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10/26/2011 04:19 PM

2011-12 College Hoops Preview: Pac-12

This year’s Pacific-12 has five teams that should be on the national radar – UCLA, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Although none of them project to be among the best of the best in the country, they are five well-rounded squads that should make the NCAA Tournament and cause havoc once they are there. The conference has two new members with Colorado and Utah, but neither team will factor into the race. Ultimately, play on the Bruins to take this year’s Pac-12 on the back of Reeves Nelson, who should surprise the nation with a breakout season.
Predicted Order of Finish:
1. UCLA
2. Arizona
3. California
4. Oregon
5. Washington
6. Arizona State
7. USC
8. Stanford
9. Colorado
10. Oregon State
11. Washington State
12. Utah

UCLA BRUINS
2010-11 SU Record: 68% (23-11)
2010-11 ATS Record: 53% (18-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 49% (16-17)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 60/1

The Bruins finished a decent 23-11 last season and bring back the key to that success in Reeves Nelson. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season while making buckets at a 57% clip. Joshua Smith brings his mountainous self back to school (6-foot-10, 305 pounds) eager to build on a strong freshman campaign (10.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG). Freshman shooting guard Normal Powell and senior Lazeric Jones should be able to replace some of the scoring production that left with Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt, and this team should not miss a beat as the favorites in the Pac-12.

ARIZONA WILDCATS
2010-11 SU Record: 79% (30-8)
2010-11 ATS Record: 57% (20-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 52% (17-16)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 60/1

The Wildcats knocked off No. 1 seed Duke in the NCAA Tournament, but the key to that success is now gone. The team’s two leading scorers, Derrick Williams and Lamont Jones, are both departed for this new-look Arizona team that returns its other three starters with Kyle Fogg, Solomon Hill and Jesse Perry. Fogg could be primed for a breakout season, having hit 50 treys last year as a junior. With Josiah Turner, one of the nation’s top recruits, stepping in to run the point, this potent offensive attack will challenge the Bruins for Pac-12 supremacy.

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
2010-11 SU Record: 55% (18-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 48% (15-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 73% (22-8)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

California went only 18-15 last season, but the Bears bring back four starters, including their three top scorers, all of whom averaged double-digit points. Leading that crew is senior guard Jorge Gutierrez, who averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. Although they do not add any top freshmen to the equation, that three-man core of Gutierrez, Harper Kamp (14.2 PPG) and Allen Crabbe (13.4 PPG) definitely places them in the conference’s top tier.

OREGON DUCKS
2010-11 SU Record: 54% (21-18)
2010-11 ATS Record: 51% (19-18)
2010-11 Over (Total): 53% (17-15)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

This is the surprise pick so far, as the Ducks did not even receive a vote in the pre-season ESPN/USA today poll. But, with three starters coming back including E.J. Singler (11.7 PPG), this team will be surprisingly dangerous. Shooting guard Jabari Brown, one of the top freshmen in the country, will be a key for them as well – as one of the best shooters in his class, he has the potential to create nightmares for opposing coaches.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES
2010-11 SU Record: 69% (24-11)
2010-11 ATS Record: 50% (16-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 45% (14-17)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 75/1

The Huskies lose their leading scorer from last season in Isaiah Thomas, but bring back two key starters and add a top recruit. Guard Abdul Gaddy (50% FG) was a breakout player in the conference last year prior to ending his season early due to injury, while seven-footer Aziz N’Diaye is a defensive force inside. Additionally, Tony Wroten Jr. is one of the country’s top point guard recruits, making this the last of the Pac-12 teams that should expect dance come March.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
2010-11 SU Record: 39% (12-19)
2010-11 ATS Record: 39% (11-17)
2010-11 Over (Total): 46% (12-14)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Although Arizona State only brings back two starters from last year’s team, one of them is Trent Lockett, one of the most dangerous players in the conference. He led the team with 13.4 PPG last season, and also contributed 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. At 6-foot-5, the swingman creates matchup problems and could help the Sun Devils compete late in the season.

USC TROJANS
2010-11 SU Record: 56% (19-15)
2010-11 ATS Record: 50% (15-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 33% (10-20)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 100/1

USC will sorely miss the NBA-bound Nikola Vucevic, but returning starters Jio Fontan (10.5 PPG, 3.9 APG) and Maurice Jones (9.9 PPG) form a respectable core. They are nowhere near the same class as the Pac-12 elite, but the Trojans should be able to defeat weaker conference foes.

STANFORD CARDINAL
2010-11 SU Record: 48% (15-16)
2010-11 ATS Record: 43% (12-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 48% (12-13)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Even though last year’s leading scorer in Jeremy Green is gone, big man Josh Owens returns for his senior season after scoring 11.6 PPG on 58% shooting last season. The Cardinal went a measly 7-11 in conference last year, but should receive a boost from the addition of point guard Chasson Randle and the continued development of the rest of their team.

COLORADO BUFFALOES
2010-11 SU Record: 63% (24-14)
2010-11 ATS Record: 53% (17-15)
2010-11 Over (Total): 63% (19-11)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

This will be a very different looking Buffaloes squad without Alec Burks (20.5 PPG) and last year’s other three double-digit scorers. Six-foot-7 guard Andre Roberson is the leading scorer returning from last season with 6.7 points per game, and will have to turn his athletic frame into big-time production for Colorado to contend in its first year in the Pac-12.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS
2010-11 SU Record: 36% (11-20)
2010-11 ATS Record: 50% (12-12)
2010-11 Over (Total): 56% (14-11)
Returning Starters: 4
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

The Beavers struggled mightily last season, going 5-13 in the conference and bring back most of their team from last season. They will have some potential though, if junior guard Jared Cunningham can develop further after averaging 14.2 points and 2.8 steals per game in his sophomore campaign.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
2010-11 SU Record: 63% (22-13)
2010-11 ATS Record: 56% (18-14)
2010-11 Over (Total): 53% (17-15)
Returning Starters: 3
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

This will be a rough transitional year for the Cougars after losing Klay Thompson (21.6 PPG) to the NBA. Senior guard Faisal Aden (12.7 PPG) will have to shoulder the load for a team that will be fighting to keep its way out of the conference cellar.

UTAH UTES
2010-11 SU Record: 42% (13-18)
2010-11 ATS Record: 45% (13-16)
2010-11 Over (Total): 50% (14-14)
Returning Starters: 2
Odds to win 2012 NCAA Championship: 300/1

Utah will finish last in its first season in the Pac-12, lacking the talent to pull out any surprise wins against conference foes. Gunner Josh Watkins (14.5 PPG, 27% 3-point FG) is not shy when it comes to shooting the rock, but the Utes will need 7-foot-3 center David Foster, who averaged over three blocks per game last season, to produce some offense.

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enzymex Posts:1732 Followers:61
10/27/2011 12:56 PM

Good stuff. Thanks for posting!

Pretty excited for some hoops action. No NBA this year, so have to concentrate on College and some Eurobasket.