Conference Call- More NCAA Breakdowns



By David K.

My DVR is cleared out.  I will set my over/under at watching 225 college basketball games this year.  Seriously.  As of Thursday evening, I was already at twelve games and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.  Call it a sickness or an obsession, and I certainly won’t argue.  College hoops is to me what cigarettes and crack are to Amy Winehouse.

(Note: With Pete, Dave and I all alluding to Amy Winehouse in the past couple weeks, it’s true that AW analogies are to Sports Bank writers what…..pretty much any controlled substance is to Amy Winehouse…allusion #4 ha ha –Paul M. Banks)

I’ve already broke down the Big Ten and Big East in-depth.  Since I have a life (somewhat), I can’t break it down like that for EVERY conference, so consider this my college basketball Cliff’s Notes.


Champs: North Carolina- obviously
Overrated: Duke- Always my early exit team come tourney time
Sleeper: Wake Forest- yes, they’re unranked but could be the 2nd best team in the ACC


Tyler Hansbrough, F, UNC
Ty Lawson, PG, UNC
Jack McClinton, G, Miami
Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College
Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland


POY: Hansbrough- assuming he can stay healthy

Freshman of the year: Al-Farouq Aminu, F, Wake Forest- likely one and done

My favorite player in the conference: Wayne Ellington, UNC- gorgeous jump shot

Champs: Temple- tough non-conference schedule will get the Owls ready
Overrated: Xavier- lost a lot from last year including their backcourt
Sleeper: Richmond- scrappy team impressed me at loss to Syracuse

Jimmy Baron, SG, Rhode Island
Derrick Brown, F, Xavier
Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple
Rob Diggs, PF, George Washington
Ahmad Nivins, PF, St. Joseph’s

POY: Christmas- college basketball is “the most wonderful time of the year…”

Freshman of the year: Kwamain Mitchell, PG, St. Louis- from Whitefish Bay, WI

My favorite player in the conference: Christmas comes but twice a year in this category


Big 12

Champs: Texas- all-around complete team… size, shooters, athletes

Overrated: Kansas- just lost too much from last year’s team

Sleeper: Oklahoma St.- best guard play in the conference


A.J. Abrams, G, Texas
James Anderson, G, Oklahoma St.
Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma
Damion James, F, Texas
Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor

POY: Griffin- will average 20+ points and 10+ boards a game

Freshman of the year: Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma- a perimeter compliment to Griffin

My favorite player in the conference: James- the definition of versatile
Conference USA

Champs: Memphis- will probably own this conference forever

Overrated: None- Memphis is the only team getting love and deservedly so

Sleeper: Tulsa- seven-footer Jerome Jordan and guard Ben Uzoh could surprise
All Conference:

Robert Dozier, F, Memphis

Tyreke Evans, SG, Memphis

Jermaine Taylor, SG, Central Florida
Robert Vaden, SG, UAB
Jeremy Wise, G, Southern Mississippi

POY: Taylor- one of the best scorers in the country
Freshman of the year: Evans- will be one and done, so don’t get used to him as a Tiger
My favorite player in the conference: Desmond Wade, G, Houston- D-Wade… get it?


Missouri Valley

Champs: Southern Illinois- defense will carry the Salukis once again
Overrated: Drake- won’t have near the season as last year
Sleeper: Illinois State- Redbirds barely missed the tourney last year

All Conference:

Osiris Eldridge, SG, Illinois State
Shy Ely, SG, Evansville
Carlton Fay, F, Southern Illinois
P’Allen Stinnett, G, Creighton
Josh Young, G, Drake

POY: Stinnett

Freshman of the year: Kevin Dillard, PG, Southern Illinois- reigning Mr. Illinois

My favorite player in the conference: Dillard

Mountain West

Champs: UNLV- Lon Krueger’s team is the most balanced in the conference
Overrated: Utah- lost to Southwest Baptist? Is that even a school?
Sleeper: San Diego St.- only if Lorenzo Wade is re-instated from his suspension

All Conference:
Wink Adams, G, UNLV
Lee Cummard, SG, BYU
Tony Danridge, G/F, New Mexico
Luke Nevill, C, Utah
Marcus Walker, G, Colorado State

POY: Cummard- one of the best scorers out west

Freshman of the year: Afam Muojeke, G/F, Wyoming

My favorite player in the conference: Ryan Amoroso, F, San Diego St.- former MU’er

Champs: Arizona St.- I’m that high on James Harden
Overrated: Arizona- wouldn’t be saying this if Brandon Jennings was a Wildcat
Sleeper: Washington St.- lost a lot, but defense will keep them in games

Jon Brockman, PF, Washington
Darren Collison, PG, UCLA
DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC
James Harden, G/F, Arizona St.
Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona

POY: Harden-absolute stud on the wing
Freshman of the year: DeRozan-fills in for the departed O.J. Mayo
My favorite player in the conference: Lil’ Romeo, G, USC- Make ‘Em Say UGH!!!!


Champs: Florida- not Billy Donovan’s first rodeo
Overrated: Tennessee- the loss of Chris Lofton will hurt more than expected
Sleeper: Alabama- good nucleus of experience and youth

All Conference:

Nick Calathes, G, Florida
A.J. Ogilvy, C, Vanderbilt
Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky
Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee
Ronald Steele, PG, Alabama

POY: Patterson- double-double machine will be a beast inside
Freshman of the year: JaMychal Green, F, Alabama-
My favorite player in the conference: Wayne Chism, PF, Tennessee- just because of how he wears his headband


West Coast Conference

Champs: St. Mary’s- Mills carries this squad
Overrated: Gonzaga- I just don’t see them as a top 10 team in the country
Sleeper: San Diego- don’t forget, this team knocked off UConn in the tourney last year

All Conference:

John Bryant, C, Santa Clara
Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga
Rob Jones, F, San Diego
Dior Lowhorn, F, San Francisco
Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s

POY: Mills- aka, the new Stephen Curry

Freshman of the year: Keion Bell, G, Pepperdine

My favorite player in the conference: Mills- may need a restraining order against me


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  1. There was a good column in the New York Times during March Madness last year talking about Dionte Christmas and how H to tha Izzo utilized a “six eyes” defense against him. 3 defenders watching him at all times, instead of using a traditional box and one to try and stop christmas from coming. that’s why Sparty whipped them so bad in tourney.

    That was my attempt to be as cbb nerdy as Dave. I know it fell short, but I had to try

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