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Who can make the CFP from each conference?

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In this post, I take a look at which teams from the Power 5 conferences have a good shot at making the 2022-2023 College Football Playoff from the Fiesta (Glendale) and Peach (Atlanta) Bowls on New Year’s Eve and then culminating in the National Championship Game on January 9, 2023 from SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area.

ACC
Clemson
The Tigers will look to rebound after failing to make the playoff in 2021-2022. A QB battle between incumbent starter DJ Uiagalelei and incoming freshman Cade Klubnik will likely determine Clemson’s fate as they return yet another talented defense.
NC State
NC State has always been near the top of the ACC Atlantic, but many people in college football media believe that NC State can win the ACC and get to the College Football Playoff.
Wake Forest
Wake Forest’s CFP chances rest on the arm of QB Sam Howell and the hope that the Demon Deacons defense improves drastically.

Big 12
Baylor
Baylor loses a ton of talent from their 2021-2022 Big 12 Championship team, with new starting QB Blake Shapen as the Bears look to repeat.
Oklahoma
With new coach Brent Venables at the helm to replace Lincoln Riley, the Sooners will look to get back to the playoff again with a defensive mindset.
Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s Dezmond Jackson failed to reach the end zone in the final seconds of the 2021 Big 12 Championship and the Cowboys were defeated by Baylor. The Cowboys lose starting QB Spencer Sanders but are a real contender in 2022-2023 again.
Texas
Is Texas ever going to be “back”? I think we will find out this upcoming season as former top ranked 2021 recruit and Ohio State transfer QB Quinn Ewers, talented running back Bijhan Robinson, and receiver Xavier Worthy look to help the Longhorns have a successful season.

Big Ten
Michigan
Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines are looking to make a return trip to the College Football Playoffs. Their chances will be on the backs of the defenders replacing NFL first round draft picks Aidan Hutchinson and David Njabo.
Michigan State
Ohio State
If there’s a team that should be able to defeat the powers that are in the SEC (Alabama and Georgia), it would be the Ohio State Buckeyes. Star QB CJ Stroud and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will lead one of if not the best offense in the country during the 2021-2022 season.

Pac-12
Oregon
The Ducks lost head coach Mario Cristobal to his alma mater of Miami and Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning was hired to replace him. Lanning is a talented recruiter but we will see if he can keep Oregon on pace with Utah, in front of the Pac-12.
USC
USC, led by former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and former Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams, have headlined the college football news this off-season. But, it will be the rest of the Trojans roster that determines USC’s fate in the Pac-12 and in its hopes for a return to the national championship game, in what would be its first appearance since 2005.
Utah
Utah is the best team in the Pac-12. They fell just short in the 2022 Rose Bowl, in a 48-45 loss to Ohio State. QB Cameron Rising will look to lead the Utes to a second consecutive Pac-12 title and their first CFP berth.

SEC
Alabama
Alabama has appeared in the College Football Playoff every season but one (2019-2020). I doubt head coach Nick Saban, reigning Heisman winner (QB) Bryce Young and top defensive player Will Anderson will be the favorite to win it all this upcoming season will not be the best team in college football and they will likely be the top seed in the 2022-2023 College Football Playoff.
Georgia
Georgia will look to repeat as national champions with QB Stetson Bennett but they will have to replace five first round defensive draft picks as well as a few others on their road to defeating the Tide again.
Texas A&M
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher put together the highest ranked recruiting class of all-time during the 2022 cycle. But, he will finally have to put the pieces together in College Station to win in the toughest conference in America.

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2022-2023 cbhsports post free agency and draft NFL Record Predictions

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AFC

East
Buffalo Bills 14-3
New England Patriots 10-7
Miami Dolphins 8-9
New York Jets 5-12

North
Baltimore Ravens 13-4
Cincinnati Bengals 11-6
Cleveland Browns 9-8
Pittsburgh Steelers 5-12

South
Indianapolis Colts 11-6
Tennessee Titans 10-7
Houston Texans 5-12
Jacksonville Jaguars 3-14

West
Los Angeles Chargers 11-6
Kansas City Chiefs 10-7
Denver Broncos 9-8
Las Vegas Raiders 8-9

NFC

East
Dallas Cowboys 10-7
Philadelphia Eagles 9-8
Washington Commanders 6-11
New York Giants 3-14

North
Green Bay Packers 11-6
Minnesota Vikings 10-7
Chicago Bears 7-10
Detroit Lions 5-12

South
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12-5
New Orleans Saints 8-9
Carolina Panthers 7-10
Atlanta Falcons 7-10

West
Los Angeles Rams 12-5
San Francisco 49ers 10-7
Arizona Cardinals 8-9
Seattle Seahawks 4-13

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2022 cbhsports NFL Mock Draft

I don’t have enough time to type up a mock draft this year because of school but please enjoy the 2022 NFL Draft beginning at 8 PM ET on ESPN/ABC which will continue through Saturday.

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updated 2022-2023 cbhsports ESPN College GameDay Weekly Predictions

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August 27
Northwestern vs. Nebraska (Dublin, Ireland)
Runner-Up: Vanderbilt at. Hawaii
The Northwestern-Nebraska game from Ireland should be the easy pick for College GameDay in week 0.

September 3
Notre Dame at. Ohio State
Runner-Up: Oregon vs. Georgia (Atlanta)
Originally I had Oregon-Georgia in my first edition of this post a few months ago, but Heisman favorite (Ohio State QB) CJ Stroud, star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba taking on new Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman and his squad will be a monumental game, and GameDay should be there.

September 10
Alabama at. Texas
Runner-Up: Iowa State at. Iowa
A future SEC match up has a little more flair as second year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian was Alabama’s offensive coordinator during their 2020 championship run. Alabama may dominate this game but the eyes on it come the second Saturday in September will be why Rece and the guys head to Austin.

September 17
Miami at. Texas A&M
Runner-Up: Penn State at. Auburn
In the first edition of this post, I did not see the Miami-A&M game on the schedule. But, if the Aggies and Hurricanes, led by first year coach Mario Cristobal, are 3-0 up to this point, GameDay will choose it over returning to the Auburn-Penn State game for a second consecutive year.

September 24
Wisconsin at. Ohio State
Runner-Up: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Arlington)
While the most important game in the SEC West up to October will be played in Arlington, GameDay heads to Columbus for a huge Big Ten showdown between the Badgers and Buckeyes. Wisconsin will have to figure out its offense before facing what could be the best offense in the country in Ohio State.

October 1
Oklahoma State at. Baylor
Runner-Up: Kentucky at. Ole Miss
The rematch of the 2021 Big 12 Championship will be a phenomenal game, and if it is anything like the game in December, it should be a dandy.

October 8
Alabama at. Texas A&M
Runner-Up: Ohio State at. Michigan State
In what many people think will be the game of the year, Alabama will look to avenge its lone loss in the regular season a year ago. If A&M can get their QB situation figured out, they will be a top ten team in the country at least and will be able to beat Alabama for a consecutive years.

October 15
USC at. Utah
Runner-Up: Wisconsin at. Michigan State
Pac-12 favorite Utah’s biggest test will be against USC and new head coach Lincoln Riley, who has one of the best QBs in the country in Caleb Williams, who joined Riley at USC after coming from Oklahoma with him. This is a perfect Pac-12 game for GameDay to go to.

October 22
Iowa at. Ohio State
Runner-Up: UCLA at. Oregon
Not a ton of huge games to go to this week but a huge Big Ten clash in Columbus between Ohio State and Iowa could be a potential Big Ten Championship match.

October 29
Michigan State at. Michigan
Runner-Up: Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
After the incredible game between the Spartans and Wolverines last season, why should Rece and the guys not go to Ann Arbor for what should be a phenomenal game.

November 5
Clemson at. Notre Dame
Runner-Up: Alabama at. LSU
If Clemson figures out its QB and potentially starts freshman Cade Klubnik and Notre Dame shows that they have more offensive and defensive line depth, this game could be between two top five teams, a game that the show cannot miss.

November 12
Alabama at. Ole Miss
Runner-Up: Wisconsin at. Iowa
With the familiarity between coaching staffs (Lane Kiffin, the Ole Miss head coach used to be Alabama’s offensive coordinator), it should be a fun game. And, as the top SEC game of the weekend, it should be the pick for GameDay.

November 19
Oklahoma State at. Oklahoma
Runner-Up: USC at. UCLA
“Bedlam” is an easy pick for the show the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

November 26
Michigan at. Ohio State
Runner-Up: Auburn at. Alabama
“The Game” has been visited by College GameDay at least a few times the past few years and I expect it to be no different.

December 3
2022 SEC Championship (Atlanta)
Runner-Up: 2022 ACC Championship (Charlotte)
The SEC Championship is the pick here as the winner of this game usually appears in or wins the national championship.

December 10
Navy vs. Army (Philadelphia)
Runner-Up: N/A
The only pick for this week, Army-Navy.

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2022 cbhsports NBA Playoffs Preview

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The NBA Playoffs begin in just an hour. Here is who I have making it to the NBA Finals:

Conference Play-In Results

Eastern Conference

9.Atlanta Hawks (43-39) Advanced
10.Charlotte Hornets (43-39)
(Winner to play loser of 7./8. game for eight seed)

7.Brooklyn Nets (44-38) Advanced
8.Cleveland Cavaliers (44-38)
(Winner to be seven seed)

8.Cleveland Cavaliers (44-38)
9.Atlanta Hawks (43-39) Advanced

Western Conference

9.New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) Advanced
10.San Antonio Spurs (34-48)
(Winner to play loser of 7./8. game for eight seed)

7.Minnesota Timberwolves (46-36) Advanced
8.LA Clippers (42-40)
(Winner to be seven seed)

8.LA Clippers (46-36)
9.New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) Advanced

Conference Quarterfinals

Eastern Conference

Quarterfinals
1.Miami Heat (53-29) 4
8.Atlanta Hawks (43-39) 2
Miami was paced by Jimmy Butler and Victor Oladipo to land the East’s number one seed. But it will be their depth that advances them to round 2, past 2021 Eastern Conference Finals team Atlanta led by star guard Tar Young.

4.Philadelphia 76ers (51-31) 4
5.Toronto Raptors (48-34) 2
The James Harden and Joel Embiid’s goals for this team in these playoffs is to go much further than round 1. Despite not having defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle in away games due to the vaccine in Canada, Harden, Embiid, and Tobias Harris should lead Philadelphia to Round 2 over Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, and the Raptors.

3.Milwaukee Bucks (51-31) 4
6.Chicago Bulls (46-36) 1
While DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine were very successful to begin the season, facing off against the Bucks, the defending NBA champions in round one will not be easy. DeRozan always struggled in the playoffs in Toronto and facing Giannis and the Bucks will not be easy.

2.Boston Celtics (51-31) 3
7.Brooklyn Nets (44-38) 4
Brooklyn may not have the depth it previously had before adding James Harden and then getting rid of him, but Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will win a close, seven-game series over Irving’s old team. Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum will have something to say about it, though.

Western Conference
1.Phoenix Suns (64-18) 4
8.New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) 1
Led by back to back coach of the year Monty Williams and likely first team All-NBA guard Devin Booker and fellow guard Chris Paul and their young core, I expect the Suns to take down the young but gritty Pelicans in five games.

4.Dallas Mavericks (52-30) 3
5.Utah Jazz (49-33) 4
My second upset pick comes in the Dallas-Utah series. With Mavs star Luka Doncic hurt (but maybe playing; it is to be determined), Utah guard Donovan Mitchell and big man Rudy Gobert will take down Dallas in a close seven game series.

3.Golden State Warriors (53-29) 4
6.Denver Nuggets (48-34) 2
Potential NBA MVP Nikola Jokic will look to take down NBA Playoff mainstays Golden State. In Denver’s way will be former MVP Stephen Curry, guard Klay Thompson, guard Jordan Poole, and forward Draymond Green will look to get another championship back to the Bay Area.

2.Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) 4
7.Minnesota Timberwolves (46-36) 2
Memphis’ young core of star point guard Ja Morant, forward Jaren Jackson, and wing Desmond Bane will lead the Grizzlies to the second round over an exciting, also young Minnesota team led by guard Anthony Edwards and big man Karl Anthony-Towns.

Conference Semifinals

Eastern Conference
1.Miami Heat 3
4.Philadelphia 76ers 4
The play of James Harden and Joel Embiid will lead the Sixers to an upset over the Miami Heat.

3.Milwaukee Bucks 4
7.Brooklyn Nets 3
The Nets’ lack of depth is why I think Giannis and the Bucks eliminate Brooklyn for the second consecutive season. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will have to play 80 plus percent of the game at a high level to upset the Bucks.

Western Conference
1.Phoenix Suns 4
5.Utah Jazz 2
Phoenix’s bench led by Cam Johnson will help the Suns defeat Utah in six games.

2.Memphis Grizzlies 2
3.Golden State Warriors 4
Memphis hasn’t been here before. Golden State has gone to five of the last eight NBA Finals. Stephen Curry leads the Warriors back to the conference finals.

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference
3.Milwaukee Bucks 4
4.Philadelphia 76ers 3
A battle between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid inside will be won by the Bucks. They will look to repeat as champions.

Western Conference
1.Phoenix Suns 3
3.Golden State Warriors 4
Golden State has been here many times before. Stephen Curry and the Warriors will deny Phoenix a second shot at the Finals and head to it themselves.

Finals preview will come when we get there.

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Taking a look at Nick Smith, Jordan Walsh, and Arkansas’ 2022 class ahead of the signing period

2022 Signees (per 247sports)
6.Nick Smith (#2CG) North Little Rock,AR (North Little Rock)
Nick Smith’s ability to run the point, score, and win is why he is the perfect fit for Eric Musselman’s team. Smith could develop his outside shot a bit but the likely top three pick in the 2023 NBA Draft will be Arkansas’ engine in the 2022-2023 season.

18.Jordan Walsh (#5SF) DeSoto,TX (Link Academy)
Jordan Walsh is a versatile forward who is an exceptional passer, defender, and a good scorer. Walsh will likely have to play out of position in Arkansas’ offense but his versatility will help him out.

22.Anthony Black (#3PG) Ducanville,TX (Duncanville)
The latest addition to Arkansas’ number two ranked class is 6’7 point guard Anthony Black. Black gives Arkansas the size that they have had on the ball during Coach Musselman’s tenure that has led them to back to back Elite 8 runs.

57.Derrian Ford (#11CG) Magnolia,AR (Magnolia)
Derrian Ford might be the most underrated player in the class. Ford is a strong guard who won multiple player of the year awards in Arkansas during his career and gives Arkansas a good defensive piece off the bench.

85.Barry Dunning (#21SF) Mobile,AL (McGill Toolen)
The Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year heads to Fayetteville as a multi-positional piece for Eric Musselman.

88.Joseph Pinion (#23SF) Morrilton,AR (Morrilton)
The sharpshooter may not get a ton of playing time in his first year in Fayetteville but with Arkansas’ lack of elite perimeter shooting threats you never know.

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2022 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament National Championship Preview

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Here is my 2022 College Basketball National Championship Preview:

1.Kansas vs. 8.North Carolina
Caesar’s Superdome (New Orleans,LA)
April 4, 9:20 PM ET, TBS
Kansas defeated Villanova in the first Final Four semifinal of Saturday night by holding the lead throughout the entire game. First team All-American wing Ochai Agbaji (21 points, 2 rebounds) and forward David McCormack (25 points, 9 rebounds) propelled Kansas to the championship game. To beat North Carolina, more offensive production from guard Remy Martin, guard Christian Braun, wing Jalen Wilson, and forward Mitch Lightfoot to beat the Tar Heels. Kansas coach Bill Self will look to defeat first year North Carolina coach Hubert Davis and his Tar Heels. North Carolina defeated Duke 81-77, which was the first meeting between the two rivals in the tournament of all time and ended Mike Krzyewski’s historic career. In the 100th battle between Coach K’s Blue Devils and the Tar Heels, North Carolina evened the series at 50 in that span with guards Caleb Love scoring 28 points and RJ Davis scoring 16 points. Big man Armando Bacot scored 11 points and added 21 rebounds for the Tar Heels. He will need more offensive production if the Heels were to beat Kansas. The defensive match ups chosen by each coach are going to be key. Talented defensive wing North Carolina wing Leaky Black will likely be assigned Ochai Agbaji, Armando Bacot will likely be on David McCormack, and the rest will be up to the positional assignments. The other huge factor is the lack of North Carolina bench play. Kansas’ bench is definitely superior but the hot shooting of North Carolina forward Brady Manek has countered most opposing benches in the NCAA Tournament thus far.

This game will be huge for either program with a win. I guess it was the Roy Williams retirement party the entire time, not Coach K, as the two programs Coach Williams led will face off in the championship tomorrow night. Projected Score: North Carolina 76, Kansas 73

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2022 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Final 4 Preview

Here is my 2022 Final Four Preview:

Final Four

1.Kansas vs. 2.Villanova
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans,LA)
April 2, 6:09 PM ET, TBS
Villanova’s Jay Wright has become one of, if not the best coach in college basketball. He has now appeared in the Final Four three times in the past six seasons. With thirty seconds left in their Elite 8 win over Houston, the Wildcats’ best player Justin Moore (15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists per game) tore his achilles. Back to back Big East player of the year (guard) Collin Gillespie (16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists per game), forward Jermaine Samuels (11 points, 7 rebounds, 47% from the field), and forward Brandon Slater (8 points and 4 rebounds per game) will have to play their “A” game if they want to upset Kansas’ run to winning another championship. Kansas had trouble with Miami in the first half but then turned it up defensively in the second half and used forced turnovers to defeat the Hurricanes. Star wing Ochai Agbaji (19 points and 5 rebounds per game) has been huge for the Jayhawks and if he is on, Kansas should defeat Villanova. Key minutes from guard Christian Braun (14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists per game), guard Remy Martin (9 points and 3 assists per game), and forward David McCormack (10 points and 7 rebounds per game). If Villanova were to upset Kansas, the Wildcats would be in the consideration with Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, and Kansas, as a true blue blood. It would be Villanova’s third championship since 2016 but Kansas’ scoring should lift them to a win. Projected Score: Kansas 80, Villanova 70

2.Duke vs. 8.North Carolina
Caesars Superdome (New Orleans,LA)
April 2, 8:49 PM ET, TBS
In Coach K’s last NCAA Tournament run, and wins over Cal State Fullerton, Michigan State, Texas Tech, and Arkansas, likely NBA number one pick (forward) Paolo Banchero (17 points and 8 rebounds per game) and fellow forward (and likely lottery pick) AJ Griffin (11 points and 4 rebounds) have led the Blue Devils to another Final Four. Duke guard Jeremy Roach has also been hot, and has played much better than his regular season average of nine points a game. Coach K’s team meets its biggest rival, North Carolina, for the first time in NCAA Tournament history. North Carolina’s Brady Manek has scored almost 22 points a game in the tournament, leading the Heels to another deep NCAA run. The Oklahoma transfer is joined by guard Caleb Love, who notched 30 points in the Heels’ Sweet 16 win over UCLA and guard RJ Davis also scored 30 points to knock off defending champion Baylor in overtime in the Round of 32. It would be a shame if North Carolina big man Armando Bacot (17 points and 13 rebounds per game) was not mentioned. He flexed his muscles in the Elite 8, scoring 18 points and 22 rebounds, giving him the most double-doubles in ACC history. If Duke’s offense continues to shoot between 45 and 60 percent in the Final Four and championship game, the Blue Devils should get their revenge on Carolina, make Monday’s championship game. If North Carolina continues its pestering defense it showed in its Elite 8 win on Sunday over Saint Peter’s, it can make the final. If Bacot can eliminate or at least keep Duke big man Mark Williams off the boards, the Tar Heels will have a better shot at winning. North Carolina has won the national championship in New Orleans once before (1982) but this is Coach K’s championship to lose. Projected Score: Duke 86, North Carolina 78

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Firings, hirings, and other news and notes entering weekend number two of March Madness

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The teams that do not or even some that do make the NCAA Tournament fire their coaches. Here are the notable hirings and firings in college basketball over the last week and other recent college basketball news of note.

LSU fired head coach Will Wade after accusations of five level one NCAA Violations. Wade’s Tigers went 22-12 and 9-9 in the SEC this season. The Tigers have not hired a new coach yet. Update: LSU has named Murray State’s Matt McMahon as their next head man.

Following the firing of head coach Tom Crean, Georgia hired Florida head coach Mike White. White appeared in an NCAA Tournament every season but in 2022 during his tenure in Gainesville since 2015. Florida is now on the search for a new head man.

Missouri fired experienced head coach Cuonzo Martin. The Tigers are expected to hire Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates, as the move is pending approval from Missouri’s Board of Curators.

Mississippi State is expected to hire New Mexico State head coach Chris Jans. The Aggies coach led them to multiple winning seasons, including a 2022 opening round upset of five seed Connecticut before falling just short against four seed Arkansas in the Round of 32. Jans replaces Ben Howland in Starkville.

Louisville fired then head coach Chris Mack a few months back. Outside of the shortened 2019-2020 season due to COVID-19, Mack never got the Cardinals to where they once were in Rick Pitino as head coach. The Cardinals have hired Kenny Payne, the former Kentucky and Oregon associate head coach. Payne brings a winning culture to the KFC Yum Center.

As we stand right now, here is a look at the 2022 college basketball recruiting rankings (the top ten teams per 247sports) entering the last month of the cycle:

For the teams still playing, the Sweet 16 field is set and it looks like this:

West (San Francisco)

March 24
1.Gonzaga
4.Arkansas

2.Duke
3.Texas Tech

East (Philadelphia)

March 25
4.UCLA
8.North Carolina

3.Purdue
15.Saint Peter’s

South (San Antonio)

March 24
1.Arizona
5.Houston

2.Villanova
11.Michigan

Midwest (Chicago)

March 25
1.Kansas
4.Providence

2.Auburn
3.Wisconsin

1.Duke
Top signee: 1.Dereck Lively II, Center, Westtown School
2.Arkansas
Top signee: 6.Nick Smith, Guard, North Little Rock
3.Alabama
Top signee: 11.Brandon Miller, Forward, Cane Ridge
4.Kansas
Top signee: 24.Gradey Dick, Forward, Sunrise Christian Academy
5.Ohio State
Top signee: 59.Roddy Gayle Jr., Guard, Wasatch Academy
6.USC
Top signee: 26.Vince Iwuchukwu, Center, Southern California Academy
7.Michigan
Top signee: 35.Tarris Reed, Center, Link Academy
8.UCLA
Top signee: 2.Amari Bailey, Guard, Sierra Canyon
9.Virginia
Top signee: 48.Isaac Traudt, Forward, Grand Island Senior School
10.Texas
Top signee: 14.Dillon Mitchell, Forward, Montverde Academy

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2022 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament East Region Preview, Predictions

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Injured top seed Baylor will have to get through Kentucky, Purdue, and UCLA potentially to reach the national championship again. This should be an entertaining regional.

Match-ups:

Fort Worth
1.Baylor
16.Norfolk State
Baylor is a number one seed and they will beat Norfolk State.

8.North Carolina
9.Marquette
Led by Armando Bacot, North Carolina should win against Marquette.

Portland
5.Saint Mary’s
12.Wyoming/12.Indiana
Saint Mary’s is a terrific offensive team that will be challenged by the winner of Wyoming and Indiana. Indiana will likely challenge, led by talented big man Trayce Jackson-Davis. But, Saint Mary’s wins this one.

4.UCLA
13.Akron
UCLA is fully healthy and they should dominate Akron.

Milwaukee
6.Texas
11.Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is hot and I have them upsetting Chris Beard’s team in Milwaukee.

3.Purdue
14.Yale
Purdue should dominate Yale.

Indianapolis
7.Murray State
10.San Francisco
This game should be terrific but Murray State should win, led by guard Tevin Brown.

2.Kentucky
15.Saint Peter’s
Kentucky should dominate Pittsburgh.

Round of 32

Fort Worth
1.Baylor
8.North Carolina
I may pick North Carolina over Baylor in my bracket, but Baylor’s tough defense will lead them to the Sweet 16.

Portland
4.UCLA
5.Saint Mary’s
UCLA is going to win this game with their offense, led by guard Johnny Juzang and forward Jaime Jaquez, will overwhelm the Gaels in Portland.

Milwaukee
3.Purdue
11.Virginia Tech
Purdue wins this game inside by taking away Virginia Tech star Kevin Aluma and getting production out of big men Zach Edey and Trevion Williams.

Indianapolis
2.Kentucky
7.Murray State
In an all-Kentucky battle, Murray State can definitely beat their Kentucky counterparts. But, Oscar Tsheibwe will be the difference in a game where the Wildcats will need good shooting to advance.

Sweet 16

Philadelphia
1.Baylor
4.UCLA
UCLA will upset an injured Baylor team and get key stops down the stretch in the game.

2.Kentucky
3.Purdue
In what could be the game of the tournament, Kentucky will have to show up but if they do, they will use their defense to beat Purdue.

Elite 8
2.Kentucky
4.UCLA
Both teams get a challenging game in the Elite 8 as two blue bloods face each other yet again. The Wildcats will need good shooting out of Kellan Grady, good guard play from Tyty Washington and Sahvir Wheeler, and the normal from Oscar Tsheibwe. The Wildcats win if they play a complete, tough, defensive game.

Picked winner of regional: 2.Kentucky

Favorites:
1.Baylor
Baylor may be beat up, but they are still the number one seed, with a terrific, balanced offense.

2.Kentucky
Kentucky is loaded and when they have every player playing at the highest level, they are almost unbeatable. Likely player of the year Oscar Tsheibwe leads the Wildcats to a potential national championship.

3.Purdue
Purdue, led by terrific guard Jaden Ivey, has a phenomenal offense, but could improve greatly on defense. The Boilermakers play through Zach Edey and Trevion Williams inside.

Sleepers:
5.Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary’s beat top overall seed Gonzaga and will use their guard play to make a run deep in the tournament.

7.Murray State
Murray State is better than the tournament team they were in 2019 with Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant. This Murray State team is led by guard Tevin Brown and use their defense to turn into offense.

11.Virginia Tech
While this team likely would not have made the tournament without winning the ACC Tournament on Saturday over Duke, they are a hot shooting team that can use their defense to get extra possessions for their offense.

2022 East Regional Preview, Predictions Video

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2022 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament Midwest Region Preview, Predictions

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Kansas, Auburn, Iowa, and Wisconsin are a few teams that can make a deep run in this tournament out of the Midwest Region. This should be a great region.

Match-ups:

Round of 64

Fort Worth
1.Kansas
16.Texas Southern/16.Texas A&M-CC
Kansas needs a big game from Ochai Agbachi to advance in this tournament, and they should versus the winner of Texas Southern and Texas A&M-CC.

8.San Diego State
9.Creighton
This might be the toughest 8-9 game to pick but San Diego State’s number two ranked defense in the KenPom rankings to beat Creighton.

Buffalo
5.Iowa
12.Richmond
Red hot Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa will take down Richmond.

4.Providence
13.South Dakota State
Providence battles South Dakota State in a battle that will be won by the Jackrabbits.

Milwaukee
6.LSU
11.Iowa State
LSU might have fired their coach Will Wade but I think that encourages them to beat an Iowa State team that has scored less than 40 points multiple games.

3.Wisconsin
14.Colgate
Wisconsin has been cold as of late, but injured star Johnny Davis should be healed and the Badgers should take care of Colgate.

Greenville
7.USC
10.Miami
USC battles Miami in a huge 7-10 match up. Both schools made their respective conference tournament semifinals but I think Miami is hot and will beat Isaiah Mobley and USC.

2.Auburn
15.Jacksonville State
Auburn should run all over Jacksonville State.

Round of 32

Fort Worth
1.Kansas
8.San Diego State
I can see many people picking the upset here, but I believe in Bill Self and the Jayhawks to beat the Aztecs in a low scoring game.

5.Iowa
13.South Dakota State
Iowa will use a good offensive game to take down South Dakota State.

Milwaukee
3.Wisconsin
6.LSU
LSU’s magic without head coach Will Wade will run out and the Badgers will move into Chicago.

Greenville
2.Auburn
10.Miami
While I may pull the upset in my bracket, Auburn’s height with Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler should help Auburn defeat Miami.

Sweet 16

Chicago
1.Kansas
5.Iowa
Iowa is hot and the Jayhawks finally fall to the Hawkeyes in Chicago.

2.Auburn
3.Wisconsin
Auburn’s shooting will finally show up again and Auburn will take down Wisconsin in their backyard.

Elite 8

Chicago
2.Auburn
5.Iowa
Iowa’s Keegan Murray and the Hawkeyes offense gets hot and they take down Auburn, led by Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler.

Picked winner of regional: 5.Iowa

Favorites:
1.Kansas
Kansas is led by wing Ochai Agbachi, guard Remy Martin, and forward David McCormack, who could get them to the Final Four.

2.Auburn
Auburn has struggled a bit since reaching the top of the AP Poll in the beginning of February. Potential top three pick Jabari Smith, big man Walker Kessler, and others have the chance to get Auburn back to where they were in January.

5.Iowa
Iowa, despite being a five seed, is playing some of if not the best basketball right now. The Big Ten Tournament champions are a terrific offensive team led by potential lottery pick Keegan Murray.

Sleepers:
4.Providence
Providence, despite being highly seeded as a four seed, lost in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament to Creighton, following their Big East regular season title, look to bounce back against South Dakota State.

10.Miami
Miami has lived and loved to be in close games this season and made it all the way to the ACC semifinals before losing to runner-up Duke. Transfer Charlie Moore leads the Hurricanes as they look to take down Miami.

13.South Dakota State
South Dakota State comes out of the same league that Sweet 16 team Oral Roberts came out of last season. They use hot-shooting to potentially upset Providence.

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2022 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament South Region Preview, Predictions

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Arizona, Villanova, Tennessee lead a region that has many tough, defensive minded teams. This should be a fun region, too.

Match-ups:

San Diego
1.Arizona
16.Wright State/16.Bryant
Arizona should have an easy win over the winner of Wright State and Bryant, which I believe will be Bryant.

8.Seton Hall
9.TCU
TCU has beaten NCAA Tournament teams LSU, Kansas, and Texas as of late including others, so I believe the Horned Frogs “upset” the Seton Hall Pirates in this one.

Pittsburgh
5.Houston
12.UAB
Despite the success of former Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy at UAB this season, fellow experienced coach Kelvin Sampson, of Houston, should use star Fabian White to defeat UAB.

4.Illinois
13.Chattanooga
Illinois has incredible, experienced guards Andre Curbelo and Trent Fraizer as well as phenomenal center Kofi Cockburn. Chattanooga will scare the Illini but Illinois should win this one.

Indianapolis
6.Colorado State
11.Michigan
Michigan sneaked into the NCAA Tournament with a 17-13 record but Colorado State will compete with them. The Rams earned a sixth seed and will get a tough win over the team from Ann Arbor.

3.Tennessee
14.Longwood
Tennessee has incredible guards in Kennedy Chandler, Santiago Vescovi, and Zakai Ziegler as well as forward Josiah Jordan-James who should dominate Longwood in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pittsburgh
7.Ohio State
10.Loyola Chicago
Despite many people picking Loyola-Chicago to win this game, Ohio State is not losing in the opening round back to back years. The Buckeyes win, led by EJ Liddell.

2.Villanova
15.Delaware
Villanova may not be able to make the East Regional Final in their hometown of Philadelphia, they are playing some of the best basketball in the country, led by guard Collin Gillespie.

Round of 32

San Diego
1.Arizona
9.TCU
Led by Mike Miles, TCU is a dangerous upset-minded team. But Bennedict Mathurin should lead Arizona to the Sweet 16 for the first time in awhile.

Pittsburgh
4.Illinois
5.Houston
Two well-coached teams continue in Pittsburgh where big man Kofi Cockburn will lead Illinois back to the Sweet 16.

Indianapolis
3.Tennessee
6.Colorado State
Tennessee is playing the best basketball in the country and they should dominate this game over Colorado State.

Pittsburgh
2.Villanova
7.Ohio State
Villanova should beat Ohio State relatively easily and head to San Antonio.

Sweet 16

San Antonio
1.Arizona
4.Illinois
Arizona’s offense has been phenomenal and they use it to make it to the Elite 8 in a tough game against Illinois.

2.Villanova
3.Tennessee
Villanova and Tennessee are two of the most well-coached teams in the country and Tennessee will be victorious over Villanova.

Elite 8

San Antonio
1.Arizona
3.Tennessee
Josiah-Jordan James will out duel Bennedict Mathurin and Tennessee will advance to the Final Four with a phenomenal defensive performance.

Picked winner of regional: 3.Tennessee

Favorites:
1.Arizona
Arizona, led by first year coach Tommy Lloyd, has dominated the Pac-12 en route to a regular season and conference tournament championship. The Wildcats should have a good shot at the national championship.

2.Villanova
Villanova has one of the best coaches in the country, Jay Wright, as the Wildcats look to win their third national championship in seven years. Guards Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore and forward Jermaine Samuels make these go for the Wildcats.

3.Tennessee
Tennessee is the hottest team in the country right now, winners thirteen of their past fourteen games as well as winning the SEC Tournament Championship on Sunday. Guards Kennedy Chandler, Santiago Vescovi, and Zakai Ziegler, and forward Josiah Jordan-James are huge for the Vols success in the NCAA Tournament.

Sleepers:
5.Houston
Houston, despite losing star Marcus Sasser to injury, has won the American Athletic regular season and tournament title. The Cougars use their defense to create offense at a high rate as well as shooting the threes at a high clip.

9.TCU
TCU has wins over NCAA Tournament teams LSU, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Texas and are led by guard Mike Miles, who paces them on offense and creates many turnovers on defense.

11.Michigan
Despite a 17-13 record, Michigan made the NCAA Tournament, with a late run to the NCAA Tournament. Center Hunter Dickinson leads the Wolverines, as they will need a big game from him if they want to begin a run in the NCAA Tournament.

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2022 cbhsports men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament West Region Preview, Predictions

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Top-seeded Gonzaga leads a top heavy region that has a lot of challengers for the Bulldogs. Potential Cinderellas include Vermont and New Mexico State. This should be a fun region.

Match-ups:

Round of 64

Portland
1.Gonzaga
16.Georgia State
Only one number one seed has ever lost in the Round of 64 and it will not be the top overall seeded Zags.

8.Boise State
9.Memphis
Boise State and Memphis are playing well at the right time but I have the Tigers moving on, led by big man Jalen Duren.

Buffalo
4.Arkansas
13.Vermont
Vermont is believed to be underseeded as a thirteen seed as they won every game in the America East Tournament by double digits. An Arkansas team that has won fourteen out of its last seventeen games heads to Buffalo to face the Catamounts, led by talented guard JD Notae and incredible passing big man Jaylin Williams. The Hogs will be scared but they get a close win.

5.Connecticut
12.New Mexico State
Connecticut is a talented team out of the Big East but New Mexico State has had a lot of tournament success of late. Aggies win this one.

San Diego
6.Alabama
11.Rutgers/11.Notre Dame
Alabama has been inconsistent. They have wins over last year’s Final Four teams in Baylor, Houston, and Gonzaga but losses to SEC bottom dweller Georgia and Iona. I think Rutgers wins the First Four game but a hot-shooting Crimson Tide eliminate them.

3.Texas Tech
14.Montana State
Texas Tech first year head coach Mark Adams has guided them to a great season. The Red Raiders are phenomenal defensively and should get a win over Texas Tech.

Greenville
7.Michigan State
10.Davidson
While I would love to see a Tom Izzo-Coach K match up in the second round, hot shooting Davidson will upset the Spartans and get a date, potentially, with the Blue Devils.

2.Duke
15.Cal State Fullerton
Coming off of a loss in the ACC Tournament Title Game, Coach K and Duke should be focused on the task at hand, Cal State Fullerton. Blue Devils should win, easily.

Round of 32

Portland
1.Gonzaga
9.Memphis
While I could see Memphis pulling off the upset, the play of big men Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme will be too much for the tigers.

Buffalo
4.Arkansas
12.New Mexico State
Arkansas should use defensive minded wing Au’Diese Toney and bench guards Chris Lykes and Davonte Davis to make a run and beat the Aggies, eliminating them from the tournament.

San Diego
3.Texas Tech
6.Alabama
Mark Adam’s team will eliminate the three ball by Alabama and should get a ten to fifteen point win over the Crimson Tide.

Greenville
2.Duke
10.Davidson
After potentially beating his former team, Davidson guard Foster Sawyer and the Davidson Wildcats’ luck will run out in the Round of 32, losing to Paolo Banchero and the Blue Devils.

Sweet 16

San Francisco
1.Gonzaga
4.Arkansas
Arkansas and Gonzaga have two of the most experienced coaches in the country at getting to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and this game should be highly competitive. But, the balance of Gonzaga’s offense will be too much to handle for the Hogs and the Bulldogs will advance to the Elite 8.

2.Duke
3.Texas Tech
Texas Tech will again use their defense to make it tough on Duke’s young team to beat the Blue Devils and end Coach K’s career in the Sweet 16.

Elite 8

San Francisco
1.Gonzaga
3.Texas Tech
The two teams met in the Elite 8 in 2019, with Texas Tech winning. The game is between two first year head coaches that have been the best in the country among them. Texas Tech will upset the Bulldogs and get one step closer to a National Championship.

Picked winner of regional: 3.Texas Tech

Favorites:
1.Gonzaga
Gonzaga uses guard Andrew Nembhard, likely number one pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Chet Holmgren and talented, experienced big Drew Timme to run one of the best offenses in the country. The top overall seed in the tournament for the second consecutive season is good on the defensive side of the ball but could lose if they give up points via the three point line.

2.Duke
In Coach K’s final season, Duke should be picked by many to win the national championship this season. But, its young core, led by likely lottery picks in the 2022 NBA Draft Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin and guards Trevor Keels and Jeremy Roach. Duke is a team that can also use their offense to win games but will need to stay consistent defensively to win it all.

3.Texas Tech
Texas Tech, unlike the other top seeds, has a terrific defense. Texas Tech has beaten top seeds Kansas and Baylor a combined three times and uses their talented defense to create transition and make the other team’s life on offense tricky. I would not like to see Texas Tech on my side of the bracket.

Sleepers:
6.Alabama
Alabama, as mentioned above, is one of if not the most inconsistent team in the country. But, talented guards JD Davison, Jaden Shackleford, and Jahvon Quinerly lead a Tide team that can get hot from three point range. The Tide have wins over top tournament teams Gonzaga, Baylor, and Houston but losses to Georgia, Iona, and Davidson, a team that ends up in the west region along with the Tide.

9.Memphis
After losing eight out of twelve games early in the season, Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway believed that the Tigers’ season was over. But a late resurgence, including two regular season wins over the American Athletic’s top team, Houston, has put them in the mix to beat Boise State in the Round of 64 and then potentially a shot at top overall seeded Gonzaga.

10.Davidson
Davidson’s top player is guard Foster Sawyer, who transferred from Michigan State. Of course, Davidson plays Sawyer’s team in the first round and there is a good chance the Wildcats take down the Spartans and move on to face Duke. Facing Duke will be a tough task, but the Wildcats, the regular season champs in the A-10, are a tough team that does not back down from any challenge.

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2022-2023 cbhsports way-too-early NFL Record Predictions

Here are my predictions for the NFL divisional standings before free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft. I will make another one after free agency and the NFL Draft end.

AFC

East
Buffalo Bills 13-4
New England Patriots 10-7
Miami Dolphins 8-9
New York Jets 4-13

If Josh Allen continues to play the way he played in the 2022 playoffs, the Bills should be the favorites for the AFC East every year from here on out.

North
Baltimore Ravens 11-6
Cincinnati Bengals 10-7
Pittsburgh Steelers 7-10
Cleveland Browns 6-11

With the Bengals run to the Super Bowl and the Ravens returning to full health, the AFC North could be one of if not the toughest divisions in football next season.

South
Tennessee Titans 12-5
Indianapolis Colts 10-7
Houston Texans 5-12
Jacksonville Jaguars 3-14

When I originally wrote this post, the Colts had not traded QB Carson Wentz. But, just days ago, Carson was traded back to the NFC East, this time to the Washington Commanders. Thus, the Titans are the clear frontrunner to repeat as division champs in 2022-2023.

West
Kansas City Chiefs 13-4
Los Angeles Chargers 10-7
Denver Broncos 9-8
Las Vegas Raiders 7-10

With Russell Wilson being traded from Seattle to Denver, the AFC West now has three surefire top ten QBs in the NFL including Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert, and the aforementioned Wilson. The Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders will have to keep up with the Chiefs.

NFC

East
Dallas Cowboys 11-6
Philadelphia Eagles 8-9
Washington Commanders 6-11
New York Giants 3-14

Dallas should win this division again but Washington’s move for Colts QB Carson Wentz shows fans that they are waiting until 2023 to draft another QB. With Brian Daboll as the new head coach for the Giants, expect a much longer rebuild ahead and the Eagles should make a run for the division.

North
Green Bay Packers 13-4
Minnesota Vikings 8-9
Chicago Bears 7-10
Detroit Lions 5-12

With superstar QB Aaron Rodgers and receiver Davante Adams back in the fold, the Packers are yet again Super Bowl contenders. The Vikings and Bears have new coaches and will look to end the Packers’ reign at the top of the division.

South
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-3
New Orleans Saints 8-9
Atlanta Falcons 6-11
Carolina Panthers 5-12

With Tom Brady retired, Tampa Bay looks to find a new QB to solidify their spot at the top of the division. New Orleans and Carolina both need QBs and could make a move for Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Update: Tom Brady has unretired so the Bucs should win the division again.

West
Los Angeles Rams 12-5
San Francisco 49ers 11-6
Arizona Cardinals 8-9
Seattle Seahawks 5-12

The NFC West is the best division in football. The Super Bowl winning Rams will look to lead a division that should also have competitive 49ers and Cardinals teams. Seattle will look to rebuild after trading QB Russell Wilson.

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2021-2022 cbhsports College Basketball Conference Tournament Preview (3/7-3/13)

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Things will look slightly different in this college basketball preview post. No different from usual, I will show the AP top six entering the week. Then, I will preview each of the Power 6 conference tournaments (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, also note that mid major conference tournaments happened this past week). The preview will include a link to each of the conference tournament brackets, a link to my video preview of each that includes my predictions on my YouTube channel, and a few thoughts I have for each conference tournament. All conference tournament brackets and preview videos will be uploaded and hyperlinked by Tuesday night.

AP Top 6
1.Gonzaga
2.Arizona
3.Baylor
4.Duke
5.Auburn
6.Kansas

ACC (Brooklyn)
Bracket
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Thoughts: Despite losing to North Carolina in Coach K’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils should be the favorite to win the ACC Tournament this week in Brooklyn. Other dangerous teams in the bracket include two seed Notre Dame, three seed North Carolina, four seed Miami, five seed Wake Forest, and seven seed Virginia Tech. Six seed Virginia will need to win the ACC Tournament to get to another NCAA Tournament but are definitely capable of doing so as the conference is “down” this year by many standards. Projected Winner: Duke

Big 12 (Kansas City)
Bracket
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Thoughts:
Top three seeds Kansas, Baylor, and Texas Tech should be the easy favorites to win Kansas City this week. Baylor is playing the best of late, with a win over Kansas. All three, with a Big 12 Tournament championship, would likely be a surefire number one seed. Texas is the only other team as the four seed that is a legitimate second weekend NCAA Tournament team.
Projected Winner: Baylor

Big East (New York City)
Bracket
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Thoughts:
Despite winning the Big East for the first time ever, Providence was swept by two seed and Big East mainstay Villanova. Villanova, led by guard Collin Gillespie, should be the favorite to win in Madison Square Garden.
Projected Winner: Villanova

Big Ten (Indianapolis)
Bracket
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Thoughts:
Despite falling from the top spot in the Big Ten in the last two weeks, guard Jaden Ivey and big Trevion Williams could still lead the Boilermakers to a championship. Top seed Illinois, two seed Wisconsin, five seed Iowa, and others should challenge Purdue for the conference tournament championship.
Projected Winner: Purdue

Pac-12 (Las Vegas)
Bracket
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Thoughts:
Arizona, UCLA, and USC are the only surefire NCAA Tournament teams as the top three seeds in the Pac-12. Arizona has been one of if not the best team in the country and UCLA and USC are capable of big runs in March as well.
Projected Winner: Arizona

SEC (Tampa)
Bracket
Video Preview
Thoughts:
Top four seeds Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. LSU and Alabama are the other teams capable of a March run, but Kentucky, led by likely national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe
Projected Winner: Kentucky