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Anyway, in lieu of me firing up a preview post today, I have enlisted the help of this blog’s greatest rivalry to help teach us some things about college basketball. I would have added some Ric Flair myself, but I was stuck at a stupid charity dinner last night and didn’t have time to add anything. So you get legendary commenting rivals, Seal and Drew, breaking down the upcoming season! Seal’s Wildcats are looking to defend their national title with an entirely new starting lineup while Drew’s Fuck Weasels are seeking another conference crown and yet another extended run in March. I asked Mr. Ace to weigh in on his expectations for Michigan but he must have been too busy shining up Zack Novak’s scrote. Mr. Ace is awful.
The format is a little screwed up as both of our contributors did different templates (which was my fault but I will not accept any of the blame). Seal is giving us a blurb on what to expect this year from the champs (and we need to know since that entire roster is new). Drew is breaking down his top ten. Everything else falls into place from there. Enjoy.
Kentucky - Calipari has another incredible class of freshmen this year – weird, right? This team has more raw talent by far than any other team in the nation. The question will be, can Calipari get them to play defense and play unselfish basketball. Last year’s championship team not only had incredible talent, but they had the chemistry and unselfishness – which this team needs to find. Nerlens Noel is NOT Anthony Davis on the offensive end, but can compare on the other end of the floor. Archie Goodwin can get to the hoop better than anyone in the country and Alex Poythress will be the 3rd guy (with the 1st two named) to go in the top 10 of next year’s draft. Their weakest position is transfer Ryan Harrow at PG. If Calipari can turn Harrow into another stud PG, this team has a chance to repeat. Prediction: Early season struggles, late success and a deep march run. Final 4 showing with 4 regular season losses.
OVERRATED – Duke. Good luck having a white guy named Plumlee carry you to the Final Four. Go away Coach K, just like your recent recruiting classes have. They are a no better than a 1 win team in March and the 4th best team in the ACC this year behind NC State, UNC, and Florida State.
Underrated – Mid Majors. This is going to be a great year if you like competitive hoops across all conferences. Not a ton of flashy names getting the hype like years past will lead to hearing more about mid major teams and seeing their success of last year’s tournament continue into this year. All of the one and done’s are giving the “teams” of players who stay together four years a better shot at winning in March. (See: UNLV, Lehigh, St Mary’s, Murray State, Creighton, and Cleveland State). Editor’s note: Ohio U is going to be terrific this year since they lost no one important from last year’s Sweet Sixteen team (HI MICHIGAN!).
Player you haven’t heard of (yet) – Archie Goodwin (UK). RAW TALENT. Best penetrating guard in college basketball. Can get a little sloppy at times, and needs work on the defensive end, but will be very exciting to watch.
Final Four – Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Arizona
Champion – Florida over Indiana
Drew's Top Ten...
10.) Michigan State - An underrated team in a loaded conference. Brandon Dawson who tore his ACL in the final regular season game against OSU last year sounds like he's already 100%. Plus, they boast super frosh Gary Harris from Indiana.
9.) Michigan - Overrated for now. Burke is back...and Hardaway will still probably be Hardaway. But, Glenn Robinson's sperm, Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas are a great Frosh triumvirate. This team could go either way...but, not top 5 at the moment.
8.) Ohio State - Another Overrated for now. Nothing's for sure except Buckets and Craft. Will LaQuinton Ross, Lenzelle Smith, Sam Thompson and Amir Williams all step into their own? The talent is there...but, too many question marks to be top 5 right now.
7) UCLA - SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD. Will he be eligible for his one year in college ball? Probably. He and the other super frosh on UCLA will make for a very fun team this year. I do think Tony Parker will really struggle if they try to push the ball.
6.) Creighton - Yeah, that's right. Who wants to face these guys and their stud Doug McDermott? Not this guy. Their schedule is dog shit, too...they are going to finish the season with a ridiculous record. They didn't even attempt to schedule big non-conference games.
5.) Kansas - Because of Bill Self. That guy has that program rollin' right now.
4.) N.C. State - Love this team and hope they dangle their balls in the Michigan team's mouth during their B1G/ACC Challenge matchup. C.J. Leslie gonna be thumping that rape stick on bitches this year. Did I say I loved this team? I love this team.
3.) Kentucky - Yeah, you got retards like Nerlens Noel, but don't kid yourself Slow Seal....these Frosh aren't like last years. Kentucky plays in the dog shit SEC, which will boost their record...but, they will be getting bounced early from the Big Dance.
2.) Indiana - Tyler Zeller's (ed. I always knew that Drew was a closet Cavs fan! He likely means Cody Zeller but maybe not since he knows nothing about everything) probably the best player in the country and their home court advantage is so good that even Calipari is too scared to let Kentucky play road games there any more. Team is loaded. Crean Pie is still a huge faggot.
1.) Louisville - This team caught fire by the end of last year and they are going to be crazy good this year. They lead the country with three players on the Wooden list. Pitino's never going to have to pay for another abortion in Louisville after this year.
OVERRATED team - Duke. When a Plumlee is your best player, you aren't a top ten team. The only reason this team is top ten is because they have Duke on their jerseys.
Underrated Team - Creighton. Combine a strong mid-major team with one of the best players in the country and you've got a team that nobody wants to play.
Player you may not have heard of - Marcus Smart. He's a sick big combo guard for Okie State and will probably be a lottery pick next June. It sounds like he will even be running the point for them at 6'4”.
Final Four - Ohio State, N.C. State, Louisville, Indiana
Champion – Louisville
Thanks, fellas! I also expect Dut to chime in with his scouting report of Kennesaw State who he watched in person on Friday down in Knoxville. What is the opposite of being TOTES JELLY? As for me, I’ll take an Ohio State, NC State, Gonzaga, and Florida final four. Put me down for an NC State title. After all, they did just spoil the debut of John Cooper. We’ll be back tomorrow with another food post.