|Crean Pie can't believe that Drew and Seal are working together and this is the greatest screen grab ever.|
Q: Give your legions of fans here an OVERRATED and an underrated team based on the preseason AP rankings?
(Seal) OVERRATED - Michigan. Lost too many people, too young, and no depth in the best conference is not promising. Beilein is a decent coach, but he has his work cut out for him this season with this roster.
Underrated - Strictly going off the rankings, a team that I love to be in the top 10 all year, that isn't in the top 10 now is Iowa State. Love their offensive production, bringing back a healthy Georges Niang is huge. Their gym is a really tough place to win. They will challenge Kansas for the BIG 12 Title.
(Drew) OVERRATED Team - Virginia. I don't really get how they are preseason # 9. I get that they had a nice year last year...but, they don't have anybody even projected to get drafted next year and their best player is a guy who in Malcolm Brogdon who seems to make all of the UNDERRATED lists. So, how can not a team so highly thought of not even have a guy who gets a lot of publicity. Overrated FO SHO.
Underrated - UCLA. Somehow the PAC-12 has only one team ranked and that is #2 Arizona. UCLA has two first rounders on their team in Norman Powell and Trevon Looney. They have a chance to win a decent amount of games in that shitty conference and grab a nice seed
Q. That Jahlil Okafor kid at Duke looks like a goddamn STUD. Any other freshmen to keep an eye out for?
(Seal) Homer pick - Karl Towns (UK). Kids sick. Non-homer pick - Stanley Johnson (Zona)
(Drew) My favorite freshman not named Okafor is Cliff Alexander at Kansas. Dude is a FREAK. He's going to be a dunking/shot blocking machine in Lawrence.
(editor's note: 18 year olds named Karl, Stanley, and Cliff? What fucking year is this???)
Q. Give us a sleeper team...not necessarily an underrated team but somebody that you think could make a big run in March.
(Seal) Once again, I love that Iowa State team if they can stay healthy. Also, I think Northwestern finally gets in the tourney this year and wins a game or two.
(Drew) Utah. I'm gonna stick with my PAC-12 thing here...Utah has the ability to beat everyone in the conference not named Arizona and comes with a lot of experience and a 1st rounder in Delon Wright.
(ed. I fucking love Iowa State...Fred Hoiberg is going to go down as one of the best coaches of all time)
Q. I think that the Player of the Year Award is the Naismith. Who wins that?
(Seal) Okafor - no doubt.
(Drew) Okafor. Real boring choice, but kid can do it all...is smart/well spoken and plays for Duke. Usually you combine those ingredients and you get a ton of votes.
Q. Any big name coaches getting fired?
(Seal) No but this controversy at UNC is interesting. I'm wondering, with how things have been recently if they get big time busted if they turn that program inside out and start over.
(Drew) This is a tough one in basketball as a shitty season with a decent tourney run as saved many jobs. Although, Purdue doesn't seem to care about sports...I could see Matt Painter getting fired this year. They have been pretty bad for a few years now....have not been able to take advantage of Crean Pie's shittiness....and the only B1G team that they are for sure finishing above is Rutgers. At some point it might just be time to cut the cord with him and try to gain some control on your basketball mad state....before Indiana fires Crean too.
(ed. Yeah, come on, Crean Pie is fucking gone...his players would rather Tony Stewart each other than play for him)
Q. Which conference ends up being the most ELITE in 2014-15?
(Seal) It's a toss up between the B1G and ACC. Both are very deep. ACC has more rock star teams, but the B1G is always competitive and gritty.
(Drew) It will be the ACC this year. Duke and UNC are loaded....although I don't think highly of Virginia...the media thinks of them as top 10...and you still have Louisville and Syracuse. It's been a while since the ACC has been stacked...but, they are back this year.
(ed. The MAC is always the answer to this)
Q. Give me your thoughts and predictions for YOUR team (that means Seal for UK and Drew for OH)
(Seal on Kentucky) Calipari and this 2 squad platoon struggles a little out of the gate (see 2014 Cleveland Cavs) and everyone pisses their pants about it. But with 9 McD's All Americans and pretty much two starting 5's, they will be fine. Returning the Harrison twins, Poythress, Cauley Stein and Dakari Johnson is huge - and odd that we had so many return. Get ready to hate a really good UK team again this year!
(Drew on Ohio Buckeyes) I'm pretty high on this OSU team. I worry about where our scoring is going to come from a bit...and we are still a year away from having an ELITE big man come in. But, adding one of the best Freshman classes in the country to go along with Scott, Slam Thompson and Temple transfer Anthony Lee...will make for a very fun team. I'm not sure how fast we will start...but, I think this is definitely a top 4 seed by the end of the year. The two biggest studs of the Freshmen class are PG/SG D'Angelo Russell and PF Keita Bates-Diop. Both are showing to be legit based on practice reviews and scrimmages. Hopefully, a Buckeye pulls a Hoosier and runs over Amir with a car so we don't have to watch one final year of him. I'm hoping for a 2nd place finish in the B1G...but, 3rd place is probably more likely.
Q: How about your Final Four and National Champion?
(Seal) UK, Duke, Iowa St, Villanova. UK Champs.
(Drew) Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, Louisville. Kentucky wins...anything short of a championship with a monster regular season is a disappointment with the guys that came back to school and the incoming Freshmen. The front line is just silly size wise.
Thanks, guys! We've got a UK sweep from the experts. My RedHawks are picked last in the East (again!) and lost a scrimmage to powerhouse Edinboro last weekend but I still think that we're going to surprise some folks this season. We are fixing to play the 40 Minutes of Hell style which is my favorite brand of hoops. Grinding out half court possessions is the worst. Either way, let's get ready to enjoy an Aaron Craft-free season! Who will be this year's Most Hated Scrappy White? Is it Spike Albrecht? Or maybe "Wisconsin"? PROBABLY!