Men’s College Basketball Season begins today so I’m going to give a preview on some things to look forward to during this 2012-2013 season……………..
5 TEAMS WHO CAN CUT THE NETS DOWN IN MARCH:
INDIANA HOOSIERS- Indiana is #1 in every preseason poll and for good reason. They have the best big man in the country in Cody Zeller who will be a top 5 NBA Draft Pick whenever he decides to leave school. You add that with a number of returning guys mixed with one of the best recruiting classes in the country Indiana will be tough to beat. Don’t forget great coaching, Tom Crean is one of the best motivators in the country and his team will be ready to play every night.
KENTUCKY WILDCATS- As that old say goes “To be the Champs you have to beat the Champs.” The Wildcats are the reigning NCAA Champions and bring in a impressive recruiting class this year. Though Kentucky to me with the roster they currently have wouldn’t be a team I believe would challenge for a Championship they are on this list mostly because of Coach Cal. John Calipari is a master motivator, he often tells his players “I can’t hide you here” referring to if you can’t play you shouldn’t come to Kentucky. The key to this team will be the point guard play of Ryan Harrow (Transferred from NC State) and the post play of Freshmen Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein
LOUISVILLE CARDINALS- Let’s start with the fact that Pitino has most of his key pieces back from a team that put up a fight against Kentucky in the Final Four last season. The Cardinals have a senior point guard in Siva who looked like a different player the second half of last season. They have the best defensive big man as there is in the country in Gorgui Dieng. They have a big, strong and powerful power forward in Chane Behanan and also a scoring guard in Russ Smith who came come off the bench and put points on the board. Then let’s go through what Pitino didn’t have a year ago: A healthy Wayne Blackshear, who made his debut in February and was never the player that earned him a spot in the McDonald’s All-American Game; Luke Hancock, a George Mason transfer who sat out last season and could start this year. Cardinals are the deepest team in the country and the most talented.
KANSAS JAYHAWKS- Bill Self ALWAYS has Kansas prime to make Championship runs regardless of what his teams look like early in the season. The Jayhawks have won eight consecutive Big 12 titles and have the pieces to make it nine. Jeff Withey will be one of the best big men in college basketball with his offensive and defensive capabilities. Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford return in the backcourt after starting 38 games each during Kansas’ run to the national title game. Johnson could be poised for a breakout season. The suprise standout player for Kansas will be redshirt freshman Ben McLemore who has received rave reviews.
MICHIGAN WOLVERINES- Let me tell you this Michigan will be a PROBLEM come March Madness. They run a four guard one big man lineup, which gives spacing for all of their shooters and athletes on the perimeter. Michigan boasts one of the top backcourts in the country in Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr. The surprise will be that best overall player on their team will be a Freshman who wasn’t even their highest rated recruits. Keep a eye on Glen Robinson III ( Son of former NBA player Glenn Big Dog Robinson) he has 1st rd draft pick written all over him.
3 TEAMS WHO WILL BE BETTER THAN WE THINK:
WISCONSIN BADGERS- Honestly this team is always forgotten, but man they have have one hell of a coach in Bo Ryan and will definitely be heard from come March. They are always difficult to beat with their physical style of play.
WEST VIRGINA- Bob Huggins is a great coach and always has his teams ready to compete. Switching over from the Big East to the Big 12 won’t be as difficult as many people may think especially with the addition of BIG 12 Player of The Year candidate Aaric Murray.
IONA GAELS- Iona is coming off last years NCAA tournament collapse in the first round is my pick to be this years bracketbuster when March comes around. They always have great guard play lead by Momo Jones, but now they have the athletes they will need to make a run in the tournament.
SIX FRESHMEN WHO WILL BE IN THE NBA NEXT YEAR:
1. NERLENS NOEL (KENTUCKY)
2. GLEN ROBINSON III (MICHIGAN)
3. STEVEN ADAMS (PITTSBURGH)
4. MARCUS SMART (OKLAHOMA STATE)
5. SHABAZZ MUHAMMED (UCLA)
6. ALEX POYTHRESS (KENTUCKY)