Not in college basketball, at least.
Instead, there’s been increased trepidation across the world of bracket projections – even from their creators – as to who should be “projected” as the conference champion. Remember, we’re talking conference title tournaments when WE project brackets, but for the sake of this column, we’re looking for the “best” (aka #1 seed in the conference tourneys) for the not-so-mid-majors.
Let’s dive in head-first!
will have a ton to do with the final ACC standings.
Credit: Yahoo! Sports
Current Leader: Duke [22-2, 10-1]
PHSports Bracket Projection: It’s down to Duke and
Key Matchup: Sat. March 8th has the Heels traveling up Tobacco Road to revisit the Dukies.
Player to Watch: Ty Lawson [Assuming he’s around and near 100% in March 8th, true bragging rights and a #1 seed are likely on the line.]
Big East Conference
PHSports Bracket Projection:
Key Matchup: March 8th in DC should be all fireworks, and hopefully no white suits, as the Cards may need to sweep the Hoyas to capture their first Big East title.
Player to Watch: David Padgett [Double-doubles a-plenty had better emanate from the
Big Ten Conference
Current Leader: Purdue [21-6, 12-2]
PHSports Bracket Projection: After losses to Wofford and
Key Matchup: Now that
Player to Watch: Eric Gordon [The freshman-of-the-year candidate might soon have to deal with the national title hopes of an entire Hoosier-nation without his head coach. Good luck, young man.]
Big 12 Conference
PHSports Bracket Projection: Potential kinks in the armor have surfaced with recent losses to the Beasleys and the Longhorns in Lawrence. The two aforementioned teams are perched right behind Rock Chalk at 9-2 & 8-2 respectively; however, the depth of the Jayhawks is more than daunting in a conference with 2 teams in the top 10 4 teams in the top 25.
Key Matchup: Sat. March 1st may have more to say about
Player to Watch: DJ Augustin [Sophomore sensation has a few people calling the Longhorns “better without Durant” (not likely, folks) and may be the nation’s best overall PG (19 and 6 a game ain't too shabby).
Current Leader: UCLA [22-2, 10-3]
PHSports Bracket Projection: Quietly boasting the nation’s top RPI, the Pac-10 has a ridiculous logjam near the .500 in-conference mark (Zona, Oregon, ASU, Cal, SC) and as surprising a top-10 team (Stanford at 10-3 in-conference) as any. Still, UCLA appears to be top dog again...barely.
Key Matchup: Mar. 6th may not pit two Top 1o teams between UCLA & Stanford, but it may have two Top 5 teams with the talent piling up on each roster.
Player to Watch: Brook Lopez [Bruin freshman Kevin Love has a TON of responsibility on his stout shoulders, but it’s the resurgent and rejuvenated Lopez that has the Cardinal pushing late in the season for a top seed come March Madness.]
PHSports Bracket Projection: In a perceived down year for the conference,
Key Matchup: Saturday’s matchup between
Who knows, maybe the "mid-majors" will get some love as well soon.
Yeah, that sounds right up our alley.
Until next time...