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Big Ten is Hoops Title Favorite, SEC Close Second


“Nothing wrong with silver.” -Not Reece Bobby

If last year was a “down year” in college basketball, then this year is more than making up for it with an overabundance of talent.  Kentucky got the lion’s (Wildcat’s?) share, but there are still a lot of teams in the hunt for a championship.  Instead of looking at which individual team is most likely to win, which would be a much more predictable and over-discussed issue, Sports Illustrated wanted to know which conference was most likely to have the last team standing.

When it came to the SEC, SI had this to say:

SEC: Here we have superhyped Kentucky and back-to-back-to-back Elite Eight participant Florida, both of whom are expected to be anywhere from very good to 40-0 this season. Hmmmm …

Every other big-six conference was mentioned, with at least one title contender thrown out for each.  Teams like Kansas, Louisville, and Arizona were lonely representatives for their leagues, with the SEC, Big Ten, and ACC being the only multiple-option leagues.

So, as far as those three are concerned, which has the best chances?  With three elite teams (Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State), the Big Ten took the honors.  But the SEC, with really only Kentucky and Florida, finished ahead of the ACC, which features Duke and Syracuse in the top ten, with UNC close behind.

Fair process?  I think it sounds about right.  The SEC doesn’t have a lot of depth, but the talent at the top is enough to give it a position right under the Big Ten, which is probably the most consistent league around these days.  Thoughts?

Article written by Corey Nichols

10 Comments for Big Ten is Hoops Title Favorite, SEC Close Second

  1. Mazir Fakir
    6:16 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink


  2. Super Duper Hype Machine
    6:27 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    Last year was only down to kentucky fans because the cats were terrible.

  3. TDog
    7:02 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    @2. Yeah usually when your team is not that good it’s called a down year.

  4. Jpo
    7:58 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    2. No. Many college basketball analysts repeatedly throughout the season called it a down year for college basketball, talent-wise.

  5. SDHM
    8:51 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, who cares what the analysts say. This year is the same group of kids as last, minus the ones good enough to go pro. What exactly was added to the college landscape to make it a “up” year? Only a few elite teams got the freshman elite players. These “analysts” are just selling a product, right?

  6. Mc
    9:00 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    1 since 1990? Anybody want to guess the question?

  7. Mc
    9:03 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    I noticed I set myself up for some sick jokes, so I’ll answer. # of Championships for the Big 10? 1. 1 since 1990. It’s not football when a team a conference like the SEC can literally beat each other up. It’s basketball. The Big 10 is in a rut, and last year was hilarious when people like Eamonn Brennan ( a big 10 homer with ESPN) thought the Big 10 would have 4 in the final 4. It was all hype. That simple.

  8. bigcatstanding
    9:19 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    looks like we have and overflow of teenagers on here today, anyone that doesn’t know or understand why this year is an up year for college basketball doesn’t know basketball. There are at least six to eight really loaded teams this year, last year there wasn’t anyone that really stood out most of which only having two or three top notch players on them. Arizona will be tremendous, their incoming guys to go with a great group already there. Memphis will be very tough tons of talent, Kansas same thing, Florida / Oklahoma State / Ohio State / Duke / Syracuse /Michigan State / Louisville will probably be as good as they were last year, that’s when people will understand teams being better this year than last. My point is Louisville won’t be in the hunt at the end, because being best last year will most likely put you barely inside the top 10 this year. Kentucky if they even come close to their potential, will be a notch above even all the teams I mentioned, if not they could have a few battles. GO BIG BLUE

  9. bigcatstanding
    9:26 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    SDHM )( to respond further on your post, what exactly was added get real, probably the number 1 all time recruiting classes from high school ever, not to mention that several top players didn’t enter the draft. For Kentucky example, 2 first round draft picks stayed in college, Oklahoma State kept probably the number one overall pick in college. That was throughout all of college basketball last year, this is going to be the most talent in college basketball in my 40 plus years of watching it.

  10. TheFakeJamaalMagloire
    9:36 pm September 5, 2013 Permalink

    Reece Bobby also said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last”. Luckily UK is going to finish first so it doesn’t realy matter.