Top 25 – Week 3

Rankings:

  1. Duke
  2. Arizona
  3. Kansas
  4. Villanova
  5. Wichita St.
  6. Michigan St.
  7. Florida
  8. UNC
  9. Kentucky
  10. Miami
  11. Cincy
  12. Notre Dame
  13. USC
  14. Minnesota
  15. Xavier
  16. Texas A&M
  17. Gonzaga
  18. Purdue
  19. Louisville
  20. Seton Hall
  21. West Virginia
  22. St. Mary’s
  23. Baylor
  24. Alabama
  25. Virginia

Also” UCLA, Texas Tech

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

ALL-NCAA Preseason Team

G: Joel Berry, UNC.  Once the senior returns from injury, he will be the biggest factor for the Tar Heel offense.  When he plays well, his team plays well.  Expect big things this year.  Projected Stats: 16.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.5 rpg

G: Jalen Brunson, Villanova.  The junior guard stepped it up for Nova last year, after Arch graduated.  He proved that he can run the offense, and at an extremely high level.  The Wildcats will revolve around him.  Projected Stats: 15.5 ppg, 3.9 apg, 2.5 rpg.

F: Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish senior will have his hands all over the game for start to finish.  He rebounds and scores at a higher level than most anyone in the NCAA.  Projected Stats: 20.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.9 apg.

F: Miles Bridges, Michigan State.  Bridges was one of the best Freshmen in all of college basketball last year, and forgo the draft to stay with the Spartans.  He should be a lottery pick, but before then, will put the Spartans on the map again.  Projected Stats: 18.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.

C: Angel Delgado, Seton Hall.  Delgado may very well finish his career in the top 5 on the NCAA all-time rebounding list.  He also scores and has been working on his shooting range in the off-season.  Projected Stats: 17.2 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 2.4 apg.

NCAAMReview Preseason Top 25

  1. Arizona
  2. Duke
  3. UNC
  4. Kansas
  5. Wichita State
  6. Kentucky
  7. Louisville
  8. Villanova
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Michigan State
  11. West Virginia
  12. Florida
  13. UCLA
  14. Baylor
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Oregon
  18. Butler
  19. Virginia
  20. Purdue
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Miami
  23. Maryland
  24. South Carolina
  25. Michigan

Additional Votes: Creighton, Northwestern, St. Mary’s, Texas, Florida State, Michigan, VCU, Marquette, SMU, Dayton, Seton Hall, USC, Virginia Tech, BYU, Xavier

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.

College Basketball is Creeping up on us

Oh how times flies.  It seems like just last week we were watching North Carolina become crowned as tournament champions.  Now it is already August, and everyone, even UNC, is ready for the new season.  It’s a fresh start for the hundreds of teams that weren’t as fortunate as the Tar Heels.  And it’s redemption time for Roy William’s squad, who have their eyes on the prize – a 3rd straight showing in the Championship Game.  Practices have begun, game plans have been drawn up, and new hope has been cast upon all teams throughout the country.  However, one thing remains the same.  Who will come out on top in the tournament of all tournaments.  March may be 7 months away.  But November is on its way, and that only means one thing: College Basketball.