Matty Brackets Update – 11/20/17

Bracketology:

East:

  1. Duke vs. 16. Hofstra / Manhattan
  2. Nova vs. 15. Wagner
  3. Florida vs. 14. Harvard
  4. Xavier vs. 13. Belmont
  5. Cincy vs. 12. Middle Tenn.
  6. Bama vs. 11. UConn / Rhode Island
  7. Texas A&M vs. 10. TCU
  8. UCLA vs. 9. Texas

West:

  1. Zona vs. 16. Portland St.
  2. UNC vs. 15. Colgate
  3. WVU vs. 14. Grand Canyon
  4. Seton Hall vs. 13. SF Austin
  5. Minnesota vs. 12. Valpo
  6. Gonzaga vs. 11. Michigan
  7. Baylor vs. 10. Boston College
  8. Northwestern vs. 9. St. John’s

Midwest:

  1. Kansas vs. 16. LBST / Buffalo
  2. Michigan St. vs. 15. Jackson St.
  3. USC vs. 14. Mercer
  4. Louisville vs. 13. Western Illinois
  5. Virginia vs. 12. Oakland
  6. Texas Tech vs. 11. Michigan
  7. Oregon vs. 10. Butler
  8. Colorado vs. 9. Wisconsin

South:

  1. Notre Dame vs. 16. Liberty
  2. Wichita St. vs. 15. NC A&T
  3. Kentucky vs. 14. Georgia Southern
  4. Purdue vs. 13. FGCU
  5. Miami vs. 12. Vermont
  6. St. Mary’s vs. 11. Boise St. / Missouri
  7. Creighton vs. 10. Cuse
  8. South Carolina vs. 9. Nevada

ACC Preseason Predictions

  1. Duke
  2. Notre Dame
  3. UNC
  4. Louisville
  5. Miami
  6. Virginia
  7. Syracuse
  8. Boston College
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. Florida State
  11. Georgia Tech
  12. Clemson
  13. North Carolina State
  14. Wake Forest
  15. Pittsburgh

Preseason Player of the Year: Bonzie Colson (ND)

Preseason Freshman of the Year: Marvin Bagley (Duke)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Theo Pinson (UNC)

Preseason 1st Team: Joel Berry (UNC), Ky Bowman (BC), Bonzie Colson (ND), Jaquan Newton (Miami), Ben Lammers (GTech)

Preseason 2nd Team: Marvin Bagley (Duke), Quentin Snider (Lou), Tyus Battle (Cuse), Shelton Mitchell (Clem), Grayson Allen (Duke)

Preseason 3rd Team: Terrance Mann (FSU), Deng Adel (Lou), Trevon Duval (Duke), Matt Farrell (ND), Torin Dorn (NCST)

Preseason All-Freshman Team: Marvin Bagley (Duke), Trevon Duval (Duke), Jalek Felton (UNC), Malik Williams (Lou), Matthew Moyer (Cuse)

Other Players of Note: Cameron Johnson (UNC), Lonnie Walker (Miami), Chaundee Brown (Wake), Marcus Carr (Pitt), Geno Thorpe (Cuse), Jerome Robinson (BC), Chris Clarke (VTech)

ACC as Strong as Always

Some things never change.  Barring any insane atmospheric changes, the sky will always be blue, day will be light and night will be dark, and the Earth will be round.  The same goes for the ACC in College Basketball.  It will always be the conference to beat.

Obviously UNC is the team to beat.  They are the reigning NCAA Tournament champions, and return star guard Joel Berry II, along with Theo Pinson, Luke Maye, and incoming freshman Jalek Felton.  Yes, the Tar Heels lost a lot of big time players.  However, Roy Williams knows how to win, and North Carolina will most likely have another 20-plus win season and find themselves in contention to repeat.  However, there are some teams that can top the Heels.

  1. Duke – The Blue Devils had arguably the best recruiting class in the nation, so that already has them one step ahead of most teams.  Not to mention that college superstar and supertripper Grayson Allen will be back.  He may be hated, but this doesn’t deny him of the amazing talent he is.  Coach K’s roster is loaded, and they seem like a good bet for a Final Four team come March.
  2. Louisville – The Cardinals have a loaded roster.  It may not have the star power that most big time schools have, but every team in the nation would love to have Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Jaylen Johnson.  Louisville is balanced and experienced.  The only thing haunting them is how they will fare during Pitino’s suspension.  Only time will tell for Rick’s squad, but anything short of a Sweet 16 appearance would be inconceivable.
  3. Miami – The Canes were expected to have an off-year after the departures of Angel Rodriguez, Sheldon Mac, and Tonye Jekiri.  However, they silenced the critics and finished 21-12 with an NCAA Tournament birth.  They return 3 of their top 5 scorers from a year ago, and boast one of the best coaches in the nation in Jim Larranaga.  It won’t be easy for Miami, but they should pass 20 wins again, and even win a game or two in March.
  4. Syracuse – The Cuse has had a rough year.  They missed the big dance and lost Tyler Lydon to the NBA draft, not to mention 2 other double-digit scorers.  However, the Orange provide a lot of hope.  They do return Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson – two players who show a lot of promise heading in to the new season.  Also added are Freshmen Matthew Moyer and Oshae Brisssett, as well as the return of  7-2 Paschal Chukwu.  Yes, it is a long shot for the Orange.  However, they seem to know how to defy odds.