I first looked at the Big Ten back in May, but with the season now days instead of months away, the time has come to revisit the 12 teams vying for the title. The top two teams are pretty clear cut, but the middle of the pack could go any number of ways.
college basketball conference predictions 2011-12
If you want to know what the Big East is going to look like in a couple years, your guess is as good as mine. But why focus on that when the start of the season is nearly here?
Instead, it’s time to make some predictions about the landscape of the league this year.
As I mentioned during my early look at the ACC back in June, there are plenty of storylines to follow heading into this season. That doesn’t even count conference expansion, which I have generally chosen not to acknowledge until teams actually move.
I will say that the impending additions of Syracuse and Pitt will provide additional depth to a league which has been pretty top-heavy in recent years. But none of that matters this season.
What does matter is that the ACC boasts a North Carolina team rated first in virtually every preseason poll to go with perennial contender Duke and a number of other intriguing teams competing for tournament berths.
As my series of major conference previews continues, the SEC is up next. The league did away with its East and West divisions, but the schedules will stay the same this year with teams playing their former divisional foes twice and the other teams once apiece.
A few players expected to play key roles for their teams won’t be suiting up this season, which should have a significant impact on the conference race. In putting together my predictions for the league, it was actually easier to slot in the last two teams than it was the first two.