This year’s national title game will be replayed in Chapel Hill on December 1 as part of the 2009 ACC/BigTen Challenge – sort of. The 2009 National Champion Tar Heels will be hit harder by graduation and NBA defection – giving MSU favored status as we look “way ahead” to the early part of the 2009-2010 season.
Other interesting matchups at the 11th annual event include: Wake Forest at Purdue (who’ll be playing for Wake?) … Boston College at Michigan (the Wolverines should be improved if Manny Harris stays as expected) … Florida State at Ohio State … Illinois at Clemson … and Minnesota and Miami-FL. Second-tier battles feature Penn State at Virginia, Maryland and Indiana, Northwestern at NC State, Virginia Tech at Iowa, and Duke at Wisconsin.
The Big Ten conference has never won the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Early returns indicate the Big Ten will continue to rise. Michigan State and Purdue will be favored – again. Michigan figures to be more consistent and Illinois, Ohio State, and Minnesota in particular have solid building blocks and strong recruiting classes arriving.
More updates to come soon including our first 2010 NCAA Tournament Projection. Updates will be made after the NBA Draft when we know for sure who’s back and who’s not. Full coverage of the 2009-2010 season will return with Midnight Madness in October. I’ll be working on several other site upgrades and information during the summer – and provide NCAA Tournament related comments as relevant.
Welcome to 2009 here at Bracketville. What a great time for college basketball. Conference play is underway and we’re heading into the stretch that makes or breaks seasons for many teams. It also means weekly updates and additional insights here at Bracketville. We’re excited to announce the first of our weekly brackets now in Bracketology.
We’ve also added regional links with team information and our BV insight. Let us know what you think. Our No. 1 seeds to start 2009 are North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Duke, and Connecticut. They are being chased by Oklahoma, Texas, Georgetown and Michigan State. The current bracket is updated through games on Sunday, January 4. Additional thoughts to come as the week progresses – Bracketguy.
Welcome to Bracketville’s Power 24. It’s a look at teams based on performance and potential, not single game outcomes. This way, a team’s full profile is more inclusive, including strength of schedule, wins against top teams, and evalation against the RPI. Just as important, teams are put through the “eye test.”
The Power 24 is a reflection of both potential and substance. A team’s overall profile, ability, and potential will be better defined as the season progresses. Read more…
Are you ready for a present from college hoops? Well, the basketball gurus have put together quite an extravangana on the weekend before Christmas. Muskies, Spartans, Longhorns, Huskies, Tigers, Bulldogs, and Wildcats all clash … so let’s get ready, set, go …
Best Game: Xavier vs. Duke – take your pick, but the unbeaten Muskies battling the once-beaten Blue Devils in New Jersey has all the earmarkes of titan-esk hoops. Two teams with similar styles, similar players, and similar attitudes. Read more…