big time teams
Every year, there is a big name team that had big success the previous year before having a rough year, last year it was North Carolina. My question is who does everyone believe that will be next year? And what team do you guys think will exceed everyones expectations?
Duke is definitely going to be really good, no repeat of UNC there.
I think West Virginia is going to be a real disappointment after last year's final four run, losing Da'Sean Butler, the heart and soul of that team, and Devin Ebanks, whose length and activity was so vital to their success. And the only have one top 100 recruit according to rivals: the #82 recruit, Noah Cottril. Losing all that size, while bringing in little talent, will be devastating, especially in the Big East.
Again, I think Syracuse is going to exceed everyone's expectations. Andy Katz left Cuse out of his pre-pre-season top 25...did nobody learn anything from this past season? The Orange return both point guards, Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine, who combined to average 17 points and 7 assists. They will plug in 5-star recruit Dion Waiters at SG and super-sub (and projected 1st rd pick) Kris Joseph at the 3, with Rick Jackson and 5-star recruit Fab Melo down low. This year the zone will have more length, especially down low (did anyone see Melo swatting shots like a mad man in the McD's game?), and they'll be similarly explosive. Never count out Boeheim.
I believe that Illinois will be a top 10 team next season, barring the return of Demetri McCamey, who should be a Big Ten P.O.Y shortlister. They have a versatile offensive team, and they bring in Jereme Richmond and Meyers Leonard to add to a nucleus of Brandon Paul, Mike Davis (who's an interesting prospect IMO), Mike Tisdale, and Brandon Richardson. This could be the best team they've had since the Nat'l title run in 2004.
North Carolina will have something of a bounce back year as you alluded to as well..