Monday, April 09, 2007

Preseason BP65

Here it is, the first BP65 of the year. The next update will be within a week of the NBA Draft:

1. KANSAS (BIG 12)
1. UCLA (PAC 10)
1. NORTH CAROLINA (ACC)
1. MEMPHIS (CONFERENCE USA)

2. OHIO STATE (BIG 10)
2. TENNESSEE (SEC)
2. LOUISVILLE (BIG EAST)
2. Michigan State

3. Georgetown
3. Duke
3. Arizona
3. Texas

4. Indiana
4. Alabama
4. Marquette
4. Georgia Tech

5. Oklahoma State
5. UConn
5. Washington State
5. Mississippi State

6. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (MVC)
6. Pittsburgh
6. Missouri
6. USC

7. Kentucky
7. GONZAGA (WCC)
7. Clemson
7. Washington

8. NEW MEXICO STATE (WAC)
8. Wisconsin
8. Wichita State
8. Syracuse

9. North Carolina State
9. GEORGE WASHINGTON (ATLANTIC 10)
9. Arkansas
9. BYU (MOUNTAIN WEST)

10. Michigan
10. Depaul
10. Texas Tech
10. DAVIDSON (SOUTHERN)

11. Virginia Tech
11. Illinois
11. VCU (COLONIAL)
11. Stanford

12. Florida
12. Northern Iowa
12. LSU
12. Oregon

13. AKRON (MAC)
13. VERMONT (AMERICA EAST)
13. BUTLER (HORIZON)
13. AUSTIN PEAY (OVC)

14. HOLY CROSS (PATRIOT)
14. MONTANA (BIG SKY)
14. WINTHROP (BIG SOUTH)
14. WESTERN KENTUCKY (SUN BELT)

15. YALE (IVY)
15. MANHATTAN (MAAC)
15. BELMONT (ATLANTIC SUN)
15. COPPIN STATE (MEAC)

16. SOUTHERN UTAH (MID-CON)
16. CAL STATE FULLERTON (BIG WEST)
16. LAMAR (SOUTHLAND)
16. SACRED HEART (NORTHEAST)
16. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (SWAC)


Other teams considered, but that missed the cut:
Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, Xavier, Cincinnati, Villanova, West Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Drexel, George Mason, Houston, Indiana State, New Mexico, San Diego State, California, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Nevada, Utah State

Other teams that can believe they have a plausible shot at an at-large bid:
Miami (Fl), Wake Forest, Fordham, Massachusetts, Notre Dame, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Penn State, Baylor, Iowa State, High Point, Hofstra, Old Dominion, Alabama-Birmingham, Southern Miss, UTEP, Wright State, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Bradley, Creighton, Illinois State, Missouri State, Colorado State, Utah, Arizona State, Bucknell, Appalachian State, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina, South Alabama, San Diego, Saint Mary's, Fresno State, Hawaii

5 comments:

Andrew from Colonial Hoops said...

GW, sweet! And thanks for the add

Anonymous said...

Butler a #13 seed?!?

You do realize they're going to be a Preseason Top 25 team, right?

Maybe you've heard of A.J. Graves, Mike Green, or Pete Campbell... if not, maybe you should shoot Gary Williams an e-mail.

And how long are you going to ignore that comment that was left four days ago about the Horizon League not being included with the other "Mid" conferences? Because presently, it's a glaring inconsistency in your work.

Jeff said...

It was posted on two different threads and I responded to it on one of them. I had a long response, and you can read of it what you will.


If you give a team a 12 seed or higher then it means you think of them as an at-large team. I simply don't see Butler being an at-large team two years in a row. that's why I give them a 12. That NIT run was a fluke, even the most die-hard fan can't expect that type of performance two years in a row.

Even if they are Preseason Top 25, the preseason rankings are not the best predictor. Plenty of teams start in the Top 25 and miss the Tournament altogether.

Todd Lucas said...

Butler's NIT run was a fluke?

How then would you explain them going on to beat Purdue a few weeks later and then Maryland in March? How did they get to the Sweet 16 and lead the eventual National Champion, Florida Gators with less than four minutes to go?

Butler could compete with anybody this past season. They did it November and again in March.

Anonymous said...

That would have to be the biggest fluke in the world considering they won the most games in school and conference history, and not to mention all the big schools knocked off. I don't have a problem with them being 13 because we are always underestimated but to say it was a fluke you obviously do not know basketball