Seventeen ESPN “experts” came together to make a slew of predictions for the 2012-2013 men’s college basketball season. Analysts ranging from Jay Bilas, to Fran Fraschilla, to Chad Ford weighed in with their predictions on picks for conference titles, player of the year awards, sleeper teams, the Final Four and the national title game. Kentucky found its way on to a healthy number of the lists.
SEC champion: 11 out of the 17 experts picked Kentucky to win the SEC. 4 out of the 17 experts picked Florida, while 2 picked Missouri.
National Player of the Year: 13 out of the 17 experts selected Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller to win the National Player of the Year Race. Doug McDermott of Creighton made 3 ballots, while Jeff Withey of Kansas made 1.
Sleeper Team: A couple of SEC teams such as Tennessee and Missouri were selected as sleeper picks for the upcoming season.
Final Four Predictions:
Stephen Bardo: Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, UNLV.
Jay Bilas: Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville.
Eamonn Brennan: Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Syracuse.
Chad Ford: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, UCLA.
Fran Fraschilla: Indiana, Louisville, Kansas, Missouri.
John Gasaway: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse.
Seth Greenberg: Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State.
Andy Katz: Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State.
Jason King: Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, UCLA.
Joe Lunardi: Florida, Gonzaga, Louisville, Michigan.
Myron Medcalf: Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan.
Dana O’Neill: Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, UNLV.
Robbi Pickeral: Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State.
Bruce Pearl: Arizona, Florida, Louisville, Indiana.
Miles Simon: Arizona, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State.
Dick Vitale: Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State.
Jay Williams: Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse (though somehow he picked Louisville over Kentucky in the national championship game)
Bruce Pearl also made his “bold prediction” for the 2012-2013 season about Kentucky. Pearl seems to think that Calipari’s home winning streak at Rupp, which is also part of the current longest home game win streak in the nation is in jeopardy: