Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Predicting 2011 tournament contenders
By Dick Vitale ESPN.com
It is not easy to project next year's top teams. Some players leave early and others decide to transfer. Certain developments can always change the landscape of college basketball!
But for now, I am going to take my first crack at it. This is subject to change, of course, as we have a long time until things tip off again in November.
Here we go, baby!
1. Duke: Yes, my friends, I am picking the Blue Devils to repeat as national champions. I am assuming that Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler will return next season. Throw in transfer Seth Curry, the brother of Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry, and diaper dandy Kyrie Irving, and Coach K will have another dynamic team. Plus, the Plumlees will only continue to improve.
If Robbie Hummel can bounce back from his knee injury, Purdue will be tough to beat.