College Basketball: Pre-Season

The time of the year has finally come. It’s finally college hoops season. With the lockout still hindering the start of the  NBA season, the college game will finally get the exposure that it deserves & needs. In celebration of the beginning of the basketball season, I’ve decided to find my inner Joe Lunardi and predict the 68 teams that will go dancing in March. However, un-like Lunardi, I will not even attempt to rank them & put them into regions like he boldly chooses to do.

Automatic Bids:

-America East: Boston University

-Atlantic 10: Xavier

-ACC: North Carolina

-Atlantic Sun: Belmont

-Big 12: Baylor

-Big East: Connecticut

-Big Sky: Weber State

-Big South: Coastal Carolina

-Big Ten: Wisconsin

-Big West: Long Beach State

-Colonial: Old Dominion

-Conference USA: Memphis

-Great West: North Dakota

-Horizon: Cleveland State

-Ivy: Harvard

-MAAC: Iona

-Mid American: Akron

-MEAC: Hampton

-Missouri Valley: Creighton

-Mountain West: New Mexico

-Northeast: Robert Morris

-Ohio Valley: Morehead State

-Pac-12: California

-Patriot: Lehigh

-SEC: Kentucky

-Southern: Wofford

-Southland: Sam Houston State

-SWAC: Alabama State

-Summit: Oakland

-Sun Belt: Western Kentucky

-West Coast: Gonzaga

-WAC: Utah State

At Large Bids:

-Ohio State

-Minnesota

-Michigan

-Michigan State

-Purdue

-Syracuse

-Marquette

-Louisville

-Pittsburgh

-Cincinnati

-Villanova

-Notre Dame

-St. John’s

-West Virginia

-Duke

-Florida State

-Kansas

-Texas

-Texas A&M

-Missouri

-Florida

-Vanderbilt

-Alabama

-Mississippi State

-Arizona

-UCLA

-Washington

-UNLV

-BYU

-San Diego State

-Butler

-VCU

-George Mason

-Saint Mary’s

-Temple

-Missouri State

Final Four:

-Kentucky

-Baylor

-Marquette

-Xavier

Championship:

-Kentucky over Baylor

*Terrence Jones came back because he truly believes that, even with the departures of Brandon Knight & DeAndre Liggins, that this Kentucky team has all the pieces to make a title run. After missing the tournament last year, Baylor has re-grouped & is ready to take over where their 2009-2010 season ended. Highly touted prospect Perry Jones III gives them one of the best post presences in the league. Quincy Acy & Anthony Jones gives them two pure scorers & I see a deep tourney run in their near future.

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