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College Hoops Predictions Preview 2011-12

The college basketball season is here. Finally. It may be out only hoops action all fall, and I’m fine with that at this point.

Tonight the season will take a big step forward as the nearly unanimous preseason number one — North Carolina — takes on a rebuilding Michigan State. If watching the super talented Tar Heels isn’t enough, seeing the sights of a basketball game taking place on a carrier ship will certainly add another dynamic for viewers.

I’ll get right into the meat of the matter.

My Final Four:

I’ll take the chalk for two of my picks and stray a bit with my other two. The Tar Heels have the best talent to experience ratio in the nation. Ohio State has Jared Sullinger. I will take a flyer on Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs. Somehow, after three seasons, the kid is still underrated. He can carry his team into March. Lastly, I like Xavier. The Atlantic 10 is undervalued on the national scene. I actually like the Atlantic 10 to once again maintain relevancy with a strong showing in 2012.

Next, the under-the-radar teams.

My Sleepers:

I may be a year early on this Temple bandwagon, but I am on it. When I call Temple I sleeper I am talking about the possibility of a deep run in March. Next up; I have Purdue. Ugly Big Ten basketball at its best. A win will be a win. Purdue being a sleeper means they can stay near the top of the regular season standings and win a game or two in March. Last, I like Indiana. Crean is approaching the hot seat. He has responded by continuously bringing in tremendous talent. Sleeper success for Indiana is a winning record in the Big Ten and a March bubble watch.

Lastly, the teams that are sure to not live up to expectations.

My Disappointments:

I can’t take anymore Vandy — they are the Houston Texans of college basketball. Every year is “their year”. No matter what the facts state, I am putting them on my disappointments list.

Ah, Memphis. Tons of talent, but they’ve had talent previously. The team has not played well down the stretch. I’m not buying until Pastner proves he can win when it counts. And lastly, Mizzou. They lost their coach. A good coach. They lost some key players. But they are still picked to contend in the Big 12.

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Whatever happens, as usual, I anticipate a hell of a season. It’s hoops at its best. There are no underlying storylines about money and greed like the pros. Oh, wait.