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2012 Big Ten Championship

Posted on November 30, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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by Kevin DeBartlo and Prez Ro

November 30, 2012

No. 14 Nebraska (10-2, 7-1) vs. Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4), 8:17 p.m. Saturday (Fox)

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WHAT’S AT STAKE
In short, the winner will play in the Rose bowl against whoever wins tonights Pac-12 championship game.

Nebraska, Legends Division champion, defeated Wisconsin in their first matchup in September, 30-27.

Wisconsin gets to play for a third straight Big Ten championship by default because the teams ahead of the Badgers in the Leaders Division, Ohio State and Penn State, are ineligible. Click here to see the trophy…

KEY MATCHUP
Wisconsin RB Montee Ball vs. Nebraska defense. The Badgers’ 1,500-yard rusher accounts for almost 35 percent of the Badgers’ offense. If Ball gets going, QB Curt Phillips will be more effective with play-action passes and Wisconsin will keep Nebraska’s high-powered offense on the sideline longer. The Huskers held Ball to 2.8 yards a carry in the first game. But Ball has been on a roll lately, and Nebraska is without defensive line anchor Baker Steinkuhler because of injury.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Nebraska: RB Rex Burkhead, a 1,300-yard rusher a year ago, returned after a four-game injury layoff to spark the Huskers in the second half against Iowa last week. The Badgers rank second in the Big Ten against the run, but Penn State’s Zach Zwinak dented the Badgers for 179 yards last week. The fresh-legged Burkhead coupled with Ameer Abdullah give Nebraska a formidable 1-2 punch.

Wisconsin: Phillips is the Badgers’ third starter this season, and the question is how he will respond to the championship-game atmosphere. Phillips has completed just 52 percent of his passes and has been sacked nine times in his three starts. To his credit, he led fourth-quarter comebacks against Ohio State and Penn State, but the Badgers lost those games when he failed to move the offense in overtime.

FACTS & FIGURES
Wisconsin is designated as the home team for the game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Huskers are in their third conference championship game in four years. They lost Big 12 title games to Texas in 2009 and Oklahoma in 2010.

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football_icon_small1Nebraska gives up 152.2 pass yards per game, the fewest in the FBS this season. Two reasons for the Cornhuskers’ success are they do not allow many yards after the catch and they do not allow downfield completions. They rank second among all BCS automatic-qualifying schools in yards after the catch allowed per game (54.2), and they lead the Big Ten in fewest completions allowed (22) on passes thrown 15 yards or longer.

football_icon_small1Wisconsin and Nebraska represent two of the winningest programs in the nation over the past four seasons. Wisconsin has the FBS’ 11th-best win percentage since the start of the 2009 season at .750 (39-13), while Nebraska ranks 13th at .736 (39-14).

football_icon_small1Huskers sophomore wide receiver Kenny Bell has caught six of Taylor Martinez’s nine touchdowns on passes thrown 15 yards or longer this season, the most such touchdowns for any Nebraska player in the last nine seasons.

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football_icon_small1Nebraska has fumbled 32 times this season, with its opponents recovering 20, the second most in the FBS. Martinez has the most fumbles (14) in the FBS this season. It is the third straight season that he had the most or tied for the most fumbles in the FBS.

football_icon_small1Wisconsin is converting 33.5 percent of its third downs this season, tied for 104th in the FBS. Last season, the Badgers led the FBS in third-down conversion percentage (52.2). One difference has been in the passing game. Wisconsin is completing 45.5 percent of its third-down passes, tied for the eighth-lowest percentage in FBS. The Badgers led the nation in third-down completion percentage last season (71.7).

football_icon_small1On designed running plays this season, Martinez is averaging a career-high 7.6 yards per rush against Big Ten opponents. That is three yards per carry more than last season. Martinez had 90 yards on eight such runs in the Big Ten opener against Wisconsin, including two runs that gained 20 yards or more.

football_icon_small1The nation’s top tackler over the past two seasons with 265 total stops, Wisconsin senior linebacker Mike Taylor has averaged 18.6 tackles in two career games against Nebraska. He had a career-high 22 tackles last season and totaled 15 stops in the teams’ Sept. 29 meeting in Lincoln.

football_icon_small1According to STATS LLC, Nebraska’s four second-half double-digit comebacks in 2012 not only lead the nation, but represent one of just four times since 1996 that an FBS team has posted as many as four double-digit second-half comebacks. North Carolina State had six such comebacks in 2000, while NU is one of three with four comebacks. The four second-half double-digit comebacks in 2012 are also the most in school history.

football_icon_small1Wisconsin has lost just 11 turnovers on the season, matching Iowa for the fewest in the Big Ten and tying for the fourth-fewest nationally. Only Ohio (8), Pittsburgh (8) and Kansas State (9) have fewer giveaways than UW this season.

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football_icon_small1With 18 touchdowns on the year, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is the first player to lead the Big Ten in scoring in three consecutive seasons since at least 1939. •Nebraska has defeated a team twice in a season only three times in school history. In 1891, Nebraska and Doane College met three times, with the Huskers winning two of those games. In 1894, Nebraska defeated the Omaha YMCA twice, while Nebraska also defeated Nebraska Wesleyan twice in 1896. The Huskers beat Wisconsin 30-27 on Sept. 29 in Lincoln.

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Illinois-Georgia Tech

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

November 27, 2012

Illinois plays host to Georgia Tech

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The Fighting Illini (8-0) had to lean on reserve guard Joseph Bertrand to knock off Georgia Tech 75-62 Wedneday night at Assembly Hall during the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.   The redshirt, 6’6″ junior hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions (sick and-1 http://youtu.be/9rNqfhfvp8w) and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite the Illini to the victory.

”It’s really helped my confidence,” Bertrand said. ”I’m looking to shoot them more this year. I was driving more last year. I’m looking to do both.”

After missing his first season with a knee injury, Bertrand relied upon his athleticism to get to the basket and create scoring opportunities for himself during the last two years. By concentrating on his perimeter game during individual practice sessions over the summer, he’s become tougher to guard.   ”Until you get to know him, Joe sometimes comes off like a quiet guy, but he’s got some big-time energy,” Illinois coach John Groce said. ”I very rarely will watch practice film or game film and say, ‘Bertrand isn’t playing hard.”’

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Georgia Tech rallied with two 3-pointers from guard Chris Bolden and a breakaway dunk by Jason Morris for a 54-50 lead with 10:16 left.

The lead changed hands six times in a back-and-forth first half, when Illinois shot 46.7 percent from the 3-point line while the Yellow Jackets hit 45.5 from behind the arc.

During the first half both teams played a solid, uptempo game as the home team take a 1 point lead into half 36-35. Both teams shot darn near identical: Yellow Jackets 46.2% from field and 45.5% from downtown, Illini 46.7% from both. But by the end of the contest, the home team increased their percentages, 474% from for the floor and 50% from downtown, and theYellow Jackets decreased  44.2% and 38.1% respectively.

Bertrand and Brandon Paul finished the contest with 15 points apiece, and Tyler Griffey and D.J. Richardson each had 14 points for Illinois.

Kammeon Holsey led Georgia Tech (4-2) with 14 points while Jason Morris and Mfon Udofia scored 10 apiece of which 8 came in the first half.

‘‘If you had said, ‘Would you predict 8-0?’ I probably wouldn’t have been bold enough to do that,’’ Groce said. ‘‘But our guys have been resilient. We’ve been popped in the mouth two or three times and come back in games and made big plays down the stretch. Hopefully, we continue to do that.’’

Coming into this Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the Fighting Illini are off to a fast, undefeated start of 7-0 and play host to Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in this years’ Big Ten – ACC Challenge. It just seems that first year coach John Groce and got the team to buy into his way of things and it’s working. Groce uses attacking, dribble-drive offense and they feel comfortable in it, and that is helping them make shots.

Groce said of Illinois’ Top 25 ranking. ‘‘We’re seven games in. It’s not that we don’t appreciate the recognition. But at the end of the day, what’s it mean in terms of the long-term mission we’re on to be the best team we can be in February and March?’’

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FUN NOTES

John Groce’s 8-0 start is the second-best by a first-year coach at Illinois along with Harry Combes (1947-48). Fletcher Lane started 12-0 in 1907-08, his only season as Illini coach.

After losing 12 of its last 14 games last season, Illinois is off to a strong start under Groce, who became the only coach since World War II to start his Illini career with eight straight wins.

Illinois holds a 7-1 advantage over Georgia Tech in the all-time series, including five straight wins.

 Illinois is 7-1 against Georgia Tech, including a 103-92 double-OT victory Jan. 22, 1989. That was the only other time Tech has come to Champaign. With that win, Illinois improved to 17-0 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation the next day.

Illinois entered the week as the nation’s leading 3-point shooting team, making an average of 10.9 per game.


Attendance: 12224 – Orange Crush!!!

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BIG Ten – ACC Challenge Roundup…

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

November 27-28, 2012

The 2012 Big Ten-ACC Challenge ended in a tie, 6-6, and the Big Ten retains control of the Commissioner’s Cup, having won last year’s Challenge.

It only seems fitting that when the two best conferences in the country were matched up that it would end in a tie.

Of course, it’s only November. A lot can change before the March Madness dance cards are filled out. As N.C. State can attest, a lot can change in two weeks. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty to learn from watching these games. Again it’s early but it might be another year with at least five teams earning spots in the Big Dance from the Big Ten. There were six teams in the Big Ten ranked in the Top 25 at the start of the week. Four of them won. Most impressively, Indiana, the No. 1 team in the nation, trounced No. 14 North Carolina by 24.

Illinois 75, Georgia Tech 62 
The Fighting Illini (8-0) had to lean on reserve guard Joseph Bertrand to knock off Georgia Tech 75-62 Wedneday night at Assembly Hall during the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Click here to read our game summary as we were courtside.

Miami (Fla.) defeated Michigan State, 67-59
Keith Appling had 15 points for the Spartans (5-2), who lost to Miami, 67-59. It was Michigan State’s first loss since the season opener against Connecticut.

Duke defeated Ohio State, 73-68
Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night. Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for Ohio State (4-1), while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 apiece.

Boston College defeated Penn State, 73-61
Despite a late 18-1 run that cut Boston College’s 20-point second half lead to only three with 3:08 to play, the Nittany Lions (3-3) were unable to take the lead and suffered a 73-61 loss to Boston College (3-4) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Purdue defeated Clemson, 73-61
D.J. Byrd had 20 points and six 3-pointers in the first half as Purdue built a big lead and held on to defeat Clemson 73-61 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Wednesday night.

Virginia defeated Wisconsin, 60-54
Ben Brust scored 15 points and Jared Berggren added 12, but Wisconsin was unable to hold an early second half lead as Virginia posted the 60-54 win over the Badgers in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Kohl Center on Wednesday night.

BIG Ten 4, ACC 2 after one night of play…

INDIANA 83, North Carolina 59
Cody Zeller knocked down 20 points and teammates Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey added 19 each to help top-ranked Indiana (7-0) defeat North Carolina 83-59 Tuesday night in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers led 46-37 at halftime, then separated themselves with a strong start after the break.

The Tar Heels’ were lead by Dexter Strickland with 14 points, Marcus Paige added 11 and team leading scorer James Michael McAdoo finished with 10 points on 4-for-15 shooting.

It was the largest margin of victory in the series for Indiana since the it won 107-81 in Bloomington on Dec. 12, 1964. The Hoosiers took an 8-5 lead in the series between programs that each have won five national titles.

MICHIGAN 79, N.C. State 72
Freshman Nik Stauskas came off the bench and lit it up with a game-high 20 points and Trey Burke added 18 points and 11 assists to lead the Wolverines past the visiting Wolfpack. The Wolverines (6-0) also got 16 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 11 points and seven rebounds from freshman Glenn Robinson III as they shot 50 percent from the field and were 9-for-24 from 3-point range.

The Wolfpack trailed 43-36 at halftime and were down by as many as 15 in the second half before a late rally. They pulled within five on three occasions down the stretch but didn’t get any closer.

T.J. Warren scored 18 points and C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead N.C. State. Richard Howell added 12 points and Scott Wood scored 10 for the Wolfpack, who have lost two of their last three and barely eked out a two-point win over UNC Asheville in between.

MINNESOTA 77, Florida State 68
The Golden Gophers held the Seminoles to 37.9 percent shooting… That’s a season low folks…

Minnesota (7-1) led by four points with 9:15 left in the first half, then closed with a 19-10 run to build a 38-25 halftime advantage. The Gophers extended their lead to 21 points midway through the second half and withstood a brief rally that saw Florida State (4-2) pull within 10 points with 5:44 left.

The Golden Gophers had four players with double digit scoring: Joe Coleman with 16 points, Rodney Williams Jr., who added 14, Austin Hollins added 13 points and Andre Hollins scored 12 points. And the BIG man, Elliott Eliason, snagged with 10 rebounds.

The Seminoles were led by Terrance Shannon who knocked down 14 points.

NEBRASKA 79, Wake Forest 63
Ray Gallegos scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half as the visiting Cornhuskers dominated after the break and cruised past the Demon Deacons.

The Demon Deacons trailed by four at the half and were still within 42-37 with 14:09 left when the Cornhuskers began to pull away. Gallegos hit a pair of 3-pointers and totaled 12 points during a 20-3 run over the next 6:04.

Andre Almeida scored 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting and added 11 rebounds and three blocks for Nebraska (5-1), which shot 60 percent in the second half.

Codi Miller-McIntyre was the only player to reach double figures for Wake Forest (3-3) with 11 points. Stars Travis McKie and C.J. Harris combined for 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting.

VIRGINIA TECH 95, Iowa 79
Erick Green scored 24 points and Robert Brown added 18 as the Hokies pulled away late to beat the visiting Hawkeyes.

Roy Devyn Marble recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Aaron White chipped in 21 points and 10 boards for Iowa (5-2).

Maryland 77, Northwestern 57
The Terrapins were led by the hot hands of sophomore guard Dezmine Wells who knocked down 23 (game-high), followed by sophomore teammate Alex Len, who added 13.

The Wildcats was led by Reggie Hearns who scored 19.

This contest was close at the half, where Maryland held a two-pinit lead 28-26, but in the second half, they just stretched out and out-scored the Wildcats by 18 points (or 49-31).

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2012 Illinois HS Football Finals

Posted on November 28, 2012. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


2012 Illinois High School Football is in the books…

November 24, 2012

… and what a season it was!!!

After hundreds and hundreds of games, eight teams took the field to decide who was the very best at various levels (5A through 8A).


CLASS 8A Finals… Mount Carmel 28, Glenbard North 14


CLASS 7A: Glenbard West knocks off LW East 10-8


CLASS 6A: Crete wins it all… 33-26 over Cary-Grove!


CLASS 5A: Montini 19, Morris 6

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2012-13 College Football Bowl Projections

Posted on November 18, 2012. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will play for the National Championship?

November 18, 2012

As the season winds down, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a look at bowl projections. There are 35 bowls that need 70 teams this season. Remember, these are early, early estimations but it’s always fun to speculate just where some of these team will land at the end of the season.

NOTE: we will modify these projections as need be with the latest results over the next two weeks.

BOWL

LOCATION

TV

MATCH-UP

Rose Pasadena, Calif. ESPN Stanford vs. Nebraska
Orange Miami ESPN FSU vs. Louisville
Sugar New Orleans ESPN Texas A&M vs. Clemson
Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. ESPN Oregon vs. Kansas State
BCS Championship Miami ESPN Notre Dame vs. Alabama

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2012-13 NCAA Men’s Basketball TOP 10

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who’s our top dog?

November 13, 2012

It’s that time again folks where we come inside and begin evaluating who’s the best in NCAA basketball. Coming off of a very impressive 2011-12 season where a couple of teams broke out and made a name for themselves (i.e., Norfolk State, Murray State, Ohio and of course, VCU).


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2. Louisville
3. Kentucky
4. Michigan
5. N.C. State
6. Kansas
7. Ohio State
8. Syracuse
9. Duke
10. UCLA

On the fence at the time of this writing…

North Carolina, Arizona, Creighton, Florida, Missouri, Memphis, Michigan State, UNLV, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Baylor, Murray State, VCU, Ohio

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10 NBA Games that will be PERSONAL

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NBA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

October 24, 2012

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Oct. 30 The NBA opens the season in South Beach with a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics obviously fell to the eventual champs in that matchup, but they hold a 6-2 record over the Heat in the regular season in the two years since LeBron James joined the team. Plus Jesus Shuttlesworth, Ray Allen, has on a NEW jersey.
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Oct. 31 Andre Iguodala spent eight seasons in Philadelphia before being shipped to the Nuggets this offseason in the Dwight Howard megatrade. On Oct. 31, he returns to the City of Brotherly Love with his new team. Will the Sixers’ fans welcome back their one-time franchise cornerstone? Remember, this is the city that once booed Santa Claus.
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Nov. 1 The Nets will be playing for more than just a season-opening win when they face the Knicks on Nov. 1. Now in Brooklyn, the Nets are battling for the hearts and minds of New York City. A victory over their Manhattan rival would go a long way for a franchise that finished 22-44 a season ago.

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Dec. 17 Sources said the Knicks would match any offer for Jeremy Lin, but when it came down to it, the team chose not to match Houston’s three-year, $25.1 million offer. On Dec. 17, Lin returns to the city where Linsanity was born. Will this be the first of many opportunities for the 24-year-old to show New Yorkers what could have been?
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Dec. 25 A rematch of the NBA finals — it doesn’t get much better on Christmas Day. There’s no doubt the Thunder already have this date on the calendar circled.

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Jan. 16 There were rumors that the Celtics were attempting to move up to draft Doc Rivers’ son, Austin, but the younger Rivers ultimately went to New Orleans at No. 10. On Jan. 16, father faces son when the Hornets travel to Boston. As if that wasn’t enough intrigue, the game also pits Anthony Davis against a player he’s often compared to, Kevin Garnett.

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Jan. 17 A possible Finals preview? We’ve been waiting for a Kobe-LeBron matchup for years and we may get it this season. The Lakers would appear to have the edge given their size up front, but no one can match up with LeBron. We’ll see how it plays out on Jan. 17.

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Jan. 27 The second Heat-Celtics clash should be much more interesting than the first. Ray Allen, who helped the Celtics capture their 17th title in 2008, moved from Beantown to South Beach this offseason amid rumors of a feud with star point guard Rajon Rondo. The signs “welcoming” Allen back to Boston are reason enough to tune in.

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Jan. 30 Before joining the Lakers this offseason, Nash treated Phoenix fans to three trips to the Western Conference finals, two MVP seasons and one of the most exciting offenses the desert has ever seen. Lakers players rarely receive ovations in Phoenix, but Nash should be the exception.

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March 12 Dwight Howard tortured Orlando fans off the court for months with his trade demands, and he returns in March in hopes of torturing a depleted Magic squad on the court. Lakers fans are hoping Howard doesn’t follow in the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal, who sat out his first game back in Orlando with an injury.

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2012-13 NCAA Basketball Things We Think We Know

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

October 25, 2012

Midnight Madness got started last week which marks the start of the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season. But there’s still four weeks to the first offical game, so we began our debate projections and predictions.

THINGS WE THINK WE KNOW ABOUT THE 2012-13 SEASON

1. Nov. 9: That’s the day the season gets underway with Kentucky vs. Maryland in Brooklyn.

2. Missing Shabazz: How many games will UCLA’s talented freshman, Shabazz Muhammad,wind up missing? The NCAA has been digging for months. It could be anywhere from five to 15 games — and if it’s on the high end, would he just go overseas?

3. Is this another “rebuilding year for Kansas? ROTFLMBO!!!!

5. Final season for Syracuse and Pitt in the Big East…

6. Tobacco Road trio: Duke isn’t exactly overwhelming, North Carolina lost four first-rounders and N.C. State brings back nearly everyone – who will stand on top? Right now it looks like the Wolfpack might be the preseason ACC favorites over Duke and UNC.

7. Kentucky reloads… will this help or hurt?

8. Midwest is on the map across the board in the preseason as Indiana hopes to hang another Final Four banner in what’s expected to be Cody Zeller’s final year of school… Yeah we know he’s a sophomore but come on, who stays nowadays?

9. Atlantic 10 is heavily represented in many polls this season. They could potentially have six teams in the NCAA tournament this year

10. West Coast resurrection? Last year no team left of the Central time zone made the Sweet 16. We’ll see…

11. In a word, Louisville. Can Rick Pitino take the spotlight away from freshmen driven Kentucky? Well we will see December 29.

15. Can Syracuse remain as entertaining and watchable this season especially after losing Fab Melo, Dion Waiters, Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph?

16. Can Tom Izzo make it to his seventh Final Four with Michigan State?

17. Mid-Major watch: Can Murray State repeat last season performance as they jumped out to a 23-0 record and won a game in the NCAA tournament? Or will Missouri Valley conference continue to represent like last season as they sent two teams (Creighton, Wichita State) to The Dance last year, and can Illinois State make a run?

23. Larry Brown (72) took over a downtrodden SMU program that’s headed to the Big East in 2013-14. Hhhhmmmm….

24. There’s a new television show only playing at Oklahoma State – (Marcus) Smart and (Le’Bryan) Nash. These are two top-10 prospects in their respective classes coming out of high school. So now people want to know can they play together and get wins?

26. Simply put… Buzz! Marquette coach Buzz Williams hopes to make another quiet run towards New Orleans…. SSSShhhhh

39. Can Northwestern FINALLY break their 75th year in a row of NOT making it to the NCAA dance? This Susan Luci convonent award will stop sooner or later – Right?   42. Harvard showed Northwestern how it’s done ending their 65-year NCAA tourney drought… So can they pick up from last year’s momentum? It’s going to be tough considering starters Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry were both implicated in an academic cheating scandal and will miss the season.

47. Tulsa? Who? We said Tulsa… Can first year coach Danny Manny turn things around?

48. USC hopes to be out of the ER this season as coach Kevin O’Neill bring back Jio Fontain, Dewayne Deadmon and Aaron Fuller, as well as the addition of J.T. Terrell, Eric Wise and Renaldo Wooldridge.

52. Can the Runnin’ Rebels run an entire season instead of the first 20-or-so? On paper they should especially with the additions of Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch, USC transfer Bryce Jones, top-10 freshman Anthony Bennett, four-star guard Katin Reinhardt and All-American Mike Moser.

53. Bruce Weber has a new address and it’s at Kansas State. So can he get the team to follow his vision?

63. Reaction to refereeing: Nothing enhances the game-watching experience like you chiming in on Twitter about the zebras. It’s always rational, long-sighted and filled with expert opinion. Block/charge calls, the charge circle in general, all the new rules coming to the game. I’m sure we’re in for the most level-headed season yet. Please log in to Twitter and share your opinions as often as possible.

68. The second Monday night in April: Yes, this season’s national title game will be played on the second Monday night in April as opposed to its usual first. Blame the calendar. Tom Crean might get his first national title that night. Rick Pitino or John Calipari could get their second. Or something totally unexpected might culminate in Atlanta. Nobody can say for sure. But the five months spent getting there should be a blast.

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2012-13-NBA-Predictions

Posted on November 9, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NBA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who will win 2012-13 NBA’s Post season awards?

NOVEMBER 2, 2012

We recognize that this is premature, but nonetheless, it’s fun to look into our crystal ball, and see who will win post-season awards even when the season is just getting underway.

MVP

LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul

Rookie of the Year

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Damian Lilliard

Coach of the Year

George Karl, Erik Spoelstra, Tom Thibodeau

Sixth Man

Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford, Ray Allen

Defensive Player of the Year

Dwight Howard, Lebron James, Andre Iguodala

Most Improved

Omer Asik, Evan Turner, Paul George

Who will win their respected Conference?

Atlantic: Boston

Central: Indy unless Derrick Rose comes back before March 15 and the Bulls are daggling within 5 games of Pacers – then Chicago

Southeast: Miami

Northwest: Oklahoma City

Southwest: San Antonio

Pacific:  L.A. Lakers

Overall EAST: Miami

Overall WEST: L.A. Lakers

2012-13 Champion: Miami

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