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Zach’s Official Season Predictions

Posted by Zach on November 6, 2008

With the college basketball season kicking off on Monday, we’d be remiss not posting our official season predictions for teams, players and championships. This is more for us than you; so we can look back in March and make fun of eachother like when I slotted NC State third in the ACC last season. Also, my Big 12 Preview won’t be up until Friday night, while Pat and Tommy continue to finish their Pac-10 and ACC previews, respectively.


ACC- 1) North Carolina, 2) Duke, 3) Wake Forest, 4) Miami, 5) Virginia Tech, Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough

Big Ten- 1) Michigan State, 2) Purdue, 3) Wisconsin, 4) Ohio State, 5) Minnesota, Player of the Year: Keaton Grant

Big East- 1) Connecticut, 2) Louisville, 3) Notre Dame, 4) Pittsburgh, 5) Marquette, Player of the Year: Luke Harangody

Big 12- 1) Oklahoma, 2) Texas, 3) Baylor, 4) Kansas, 5) Texas A&M, Player of the Year: Blake Griffin

SEC- East Champion: Tennessee, West Champion: LSU, Player of the Year: Patrick Patterson

Pac 10- 1) UCLA, 2) Southern Cal, 3) Arizona State, 4) Washington, 5) Arizona, Player of the Year: DeMar DeRozan

First Team All-America– Tyler Hansbrough, Luke Harangody, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, A.J. Price

Player of the Year- Blake Griffin

Coach of the Year- Jim Calhoun

Defensive Player of the Year- Hasheem Thabeet

Breakout Player- Kalin Lucas

Sleeper NCAA Tournament Team- Cincinnati

Sleeper Final Four Team- Oklahoma

Top Non-BCS Team- Gonzaga

Top Mid-Major (not Gonzaga or Memphis or UNLV)– Siena

Top Freshman- DeMar DeRozan

Final Four- North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan State, Louisville

National Champion- Connecticut


3 Responses to “Zach’s Official Season Predictions”

  1. Jeremy said

    How can you pick UCONN over the Heels? For shame….

  2. Zach said

    I like the way they’d match up with North Carolina, and I don’t want to pick the same team as everyone else. What’s the fun in that?

  3. Jeremy said

    hahah…good point on the “same as everyone else.” UNC didn’t look good in the first 10 minutes of thier exhibtion game on saturday. However, they made up for it quick and still won by 40. I worry about Tyler Zeller. He has alot to learn. He just stood around most of the time…then again that still got him 12 points.

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