2012-2013 College Basketball Preview

College basketball is almost here.   In fact, it will officially begin tomorrow night on ESPN.  WHOO-HOO!!!

This is a preview of the “Power 6” conferences.  For those of you who complain that the little guys do not get enough attention (Big West, Southern Conference, Horizon League, MAAC, Atlantic 10, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West, Missouri Valley Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, the WAC and West Coast Conference), I agree that they have teams that are competitive that I enjoy watching (Gonzaga, Creighton, Wichita State and Butler are good examples) – especially the “Bracket Busters” weekend on ESPN.  However, outside of that weekend and the NCAA Tournament, no one else gives a damn about those conferences – and neither do I.

So without further ado, here is my predicted order of finish of teams from the major conferences for the upcoming college basketball season:

Atlantic Coast Conference

  1. NC State (this scares me as an alum; my Pack has NEVER lived to their expectations in ANY sport it seems)
  2. Duke
  3. Florida State
  4. North Carolina
  5. Miami
  6. Virginia
  7. Maryland
  8. Georgia Tech
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Clemson
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. Boston College

Big XII

  1. Kansas
  2. Baylor
  3. Texas
  4. Kansas State
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Iowa State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. TCU
  9. West Virginia
  10. Texas Tech

B1G (Big 10 to those who are un-hip)

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

Big East

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

Pac-12

  1. Arizona
  2. UCLA
  3. California
  4. Stanford
  5. Washington
  6. Colorado
  7. Oregon
  8. Arizona State
  9. Washington State
  10. USC
  11. Oregon State (Craig Robinson could use his brother-in-law Barack Obama’s help in recruiting…)
  12. Utah

Southeastern Conference

  1. Kentucky
  2. Florida
  3. Missouri
  4. Arkansas
  5. Tennessee
  6. Alabama
  7. Ole Miss
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Georgia
  10. Vanderbilt
  11. South Carolina (I am afraid of new coach Frank Martin)
  12. LSU
  13. Auburn
  14. Mississippi State
Final Four: Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Indiana

2012-2013 Champion: Kentucky (gee that was hard…)

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