With the first games tipping off today, wanted to get the first poll out of the way as well as the Pac-10 picks.
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Ohio State
- Mississippi State
- Georgia Tech
- Florida State
- Wake Forest
I like Michigan State to win it this year because of the return of Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, Delvon Roe, Durrell Summers, Chris Allen, and Draymond Green. The team just has so much talent with the motivation of last year’s championship game fresh in their memories.
Texas and Purdue are two teams who could play for the title. Texas brings in maybe the top recruiting class in the country, highlighted by local kid Avery Bradley. The Boilermakers return almost their entire core from a Sweet Sixteen team a year ago.
Georgetown is the team with the highest ceiling. The Hoyas could be carried by Greg Monroe his sophomore year, and with the Big East down a bit (but still the best conference in the country), they have a legitimate shot to win the conference.
Monday: Cal vs. Murray State
Wednesday: Cal vs. Detroit
Friday: Washington vs. Wright State, Arizona State vs. Western Illinois, Oregon vs. Winston Salem State, Oregon State vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Stanford at San Diego
Saturday: Oregon vs. UC Davis; Oregon State vs. South Dakota; Washington vs. Belmont
Sunday: Arizona vs. Northern Arizona; Oregon vs. Colorado State; Oregon State at Texas Tech; Stanford vs. Cal Poly, Washington vs. Portland State