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50 Predictions For the 2010-2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Season

November 8, 2010

50. The ACC will have another “down” year.
49. Best conference will be the Big 12 or Big East. Big 12 is top heavy. Big East is solid throughout.
48. Duke will win the ACC Regular season and Tournament Championship.
47. UNC will vastly improve compared to last season. At least 25 wins.
46. My Maryland Terrapins will surprise the nation. 25-10! You heard it here first.
45. Va Tech’s Malcolm Delaney will win ACC Player of the Year.
44. Villanova will take the Big East title.
43. Syracuse’s freshman big man Fab Melo will be a problem in the paint for teams. Big East Freshman of the Year!
42. UConn will fall from greatness. St. John’s will become relevant again.
41. Corey Fisher brings home the Big East Player of the Year.
40. Big Ten has 3 top 10 programs and after that its pretty disappointing.
39. Indiana is still a year away from being relevant again.
38. Ohio State’s newest big man on campus Jared Sullinger wins Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
37. Talor Battle keeps giving Penn State buckets but it won’t be enough.
36. Tom Izzo leads Michigan State to another conference championship.
35. Kalin Lucas is still in Lansing and will win the Big Ten Player of the Year trophy.
34. Big 12 will have a blockbuster game every week. Potentially six top 25 teams.
33. Jacob Pullen and LaceDarius Dunn will duel for Big 12 Player of the Year. Pullen wins.
32. Kansas rookie guard Josh Selby will win Big 12 Rookie of the Year.
31. Quincy Acy of Baylor will dunk, dunk on you and dunk on you and “your mans.”
30. Pac-10 won’t be heavily publicized but will show up in the tourney.
29. Isiah Thomas will have enough highlights to live up to the haircut, not his legendary name.
28. After winning the conference, Lorenzo Romar will leave to find a big name job on the East coast.
27. Derrick Williams from Arizona wins Pac-10 Player of the Year.
26. UCLA’s big man on campus Josh Smith wins Freshman of the Year.
25. Pac-10 still isn’t respected by the Tournament Committee.
24. SEC will try to rise back to glory, but will fail.
23. Florida is a national title contender again. First time they will be better than the football team since 2005.
22. Bruce Pearl will give the best post game interviews of any coach in the nation.
21. Kentucky’s freshman point guard Brandon Knight will win Player and Freshman of the Year.
20. John Calipari will make his team a contender once again. Kentucky wins SEC title.
19. Butler won’t return to the national title game but they will be a problem.
18. Memphis and Gonzaga will do their usual. Win 25 or more games, lose within the first 3 rounds of the Tourney.
17. Jimmer Fredette from BYU will become a household name. Great White Hype.
16. More east coast bias for the selection committee.
15. Big East pulls in the most tourney invites with nine. Only four will make it to the Sweet 16.
14. #10 and #12 seeds will represent as usual. Don’t put your money on #5 seeds.
13. The Sweet 16 will be Duke, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Kansas State, Ohio State, Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Purdue, Gonzaga, Baylor, Butler and Texas.
12. The Elite 8 will be Duke, Michigan State, Kansas State, Kansas, Villanova, Baylor, North Carolina and Florida.
11. The Final 4 will be Duke, Michigan State, Baylor and Villanova.
10. Duke will defeat Michigan State, 70-60.
9. Baylor will defeat Villanova, 88-75.
8. Duke will defeat Baylor, 75-65.
7. Kyle Singler will be named Most Oustanding Player.
6. Brandon Knight, Kyrie Irving, Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger will lead freshmen to the NBA.
5. Over 9 freshmen will be selected in the NBA’s lottery.
4. Jim Boeheim will retire and cause coaching domino to take place.
3. Tournament field is extended to 96 games for the 2011-2012 Season.
2. Dick Vitale calls it quits.
1. NBA lockout forces student athletes to stay longer in school.

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