Friday, December 16, 2005

More Bball Predictions

My predictions for the NCAA Tournament

Elite 8
Duke, Texas, Villanova, Gonzaga, UConn, Michigan State, Louisville, Memphis

The Big East will be the strongest conference in the nation this year with the ACC at a close second. Duke is a given; 'Nova made a strong run last year and return alot of talent; Gonzaga has already beaten Michigan St and with possibly the best player in the country (Adam Morrison) this is the year the Zags break through. UConn looks very solid at the beginning of the year too; Tom Izzo has a great track record in the Tournament and a strong, experienced team this year; Pitino is another coach who knows how to win in the Tourney. The two wild cards are Texas and Memphis. Both have the talent, but will lack of experience hurt them? I think these two have what it takes to make it to the Elite 8. My shakiest pick would have to be Memphis considering they did not even make the Tournament last year.

Final 4
Duke, Villanova, UConn, Michigan State


Duke, Villanova, and UConn are the three best combinations of talent and expierence in the nation. Michigan State was a tough pick, but Izzo is so great in March I could not resist picking the Spartans.

Champion
Duke

Duke gets it done behind the shooting of JJ Redick and the inside dominance of Shelden Williams. Oh yeah, they also have Coach K walking the sidelines too.

ACC Teams
Duke- National Champs
See Above

BC - Sweet 16
Very talented and battle tested, but they won't sneak up of anyone this year.

Wake Forest - Sweet 16
Do not have enough floor leadership this year to beat the top teams.

NC State - Sweet 16
Herb Sendek is another great Tournament coach. Look the 'Pack to struggle throughout most of the season then turn it on at the ACC Tournament and beyond.

UNC - Two and Done
Roy Williams is a good enough coach to get this team by a pesky first round opponent.

Maryland - One and Done
Talent, but no leadership on this team.

Miami - One and Done
Diaz can only take them so far.

SEC Teams
Florida - Sweet 16
Tauren Green has been a pleasant surprise for the upstart Gators, but not ready to compete with the big boys.

Kentucky - Sweet 16
One of the poorer teams Tubby Smith has had in Lexington, but enough to make it to the round of 16.

LSU - Two and Done
Will get by a first round opponent because of Davis inside, but John Brady's bunch lacks scoring power.

Arkansas - Two and Done
Ronnie Brewer is the best player in the SEC, but he needs some help.

Alabama - One and Done
'Bama will struggle to even make the Tournament and then be out before you know it.

1 comment:

  1. I still say the Hokies deserve a little more credit. I think they'll make the NCAA tournament this year. We'll see though, this could make for a good running argument throughout the season.

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