Picking the 'Conference of Champions'
As we begin the 2012-13 campaign it's clear to me that the gigantic, super-cranial neuroplasticity of The Bilastrator's mind could be of great assistance in gauging how the season's conference title races will play out. Rather than simply providing a road map for the selection committee regarding the nation's true 68 top teams, as the Bilas Index will do later this fall, we're starting with the teams I believe will claim the regular-season championship. Consider it an amuse-bouche prior to the intellectual feast provided for you in the season ahead.
I realize this exercise in clairvoyance could rob some of the joy from the season, making games anticlimactic given that these teams are now preordained for glory. However, it is The Bilastrator's solemn duty.
We (and by that we mean the Royal "We") do not condone using this distinctive and matchless service for gambling purposes, but if it is used in such a way, you're welcome for putting you on Easy Street and into the One Percent.
Without further ado, the Bilastrator gives you the ultimate Conference of Champions -- my projected regular-season champ for all of the nation's conferences.
America East: Stony Brook
The Seawolves won 22 games in 2012 and return a younger squad. The safer pick in some circles is Vermont, but the winning pick is Stony Brook because it rebounds and defends, and the Seawolves possess depth and athleticism, along with the stellar defense of Tommy Brenton. Don't overlook the Brook.
Atlantic Coast Conference: North Carolina State
The Wolfpack are new to this whole bull's-eye and expectations thing, I know. But N.C. State has the most talent (Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie are two of the best in the nation at their positions) and an outstanding coaching staff. Duke and North Carolina are both good enough to win the league, and I expect N.C. State to have some struggles. But The Bilastrator knows talent, and N.C. State has talent. Plus, don't sell short the knowledge gained by Mark Gottfried in sitting next to The Bilastrator after leaving Alabama. You're welcome, Mark.
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