Posted on: December 29, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 4:47 pm

Big Ten Predictions 11-12'

Well, I could be way off or right on track, but I have a feeling this year in the Big 10 Conference is going to be very top heavy this year. I believe 9 teams will get 8+ wins in the conference this year, while 3 teams will get 3 or less wins. Seems a little crazy, but I think it's a huge possibility. There are going to be 216 Big Ten Conference games this season and I'm excited to see every one of them I can. Here are my 2011 - 2012 Big Ten Conference predictions:

 1.  Ohio State

Current Record:

Predicted B1G Record: (15-3)

It could be better than this, but 3 losses is reasonable. I have them losing @Wisconsin, @Michigan, @Michigan State.

 2(TIE).  Wisconsin

Current Record:

Predicted B1G Record: (13-5)

Really suprsied with the loss at home to Marquette, if they want a 13-5 record in the Big Ten they better not lose at home. Have them losing to: @Michigan, @Purdue, @Illinois, @ Michigan State, @Ohio State

 2(TIE).  Michigan State

Current Record: (12-2)

Predicted B1G Record: (13-5)

Really impressed with this team, no bad losses, and they were impressive against Indiana. I think they are the second best team in the conference, though they will likely tie Wisconsin. I have them losing to: @Wisconsin, @Michigan, @Illinois, @Ohio State, @Indiana

 4(TIE).  Indiana

Current Record: (12-1)

Predicted B1G Record: (12-6)

Biggest suprise in the Big Ten this season. Lost to MSU in Zeller's first Big Ten game and without a crucial part to their game Will Sheehey - who was out due to injury. Still this team can win any night against anyone, but they are still inexperienced and will struggle at times. I have them losing to: @Michigan State, Ohio State, @Ohio State, @Wisconsin, @Michigan, @Purdue

 4(TIE).  Michigan

Current Record: (10-2)

Predicted B1G Record: (12-6)

Out of all the Big Ten teams, this is the team I am most uncertain with. I feel like if this team can get on a roll than can be deadly, but if they get on a losing streak they could lose their composure and go downhill in a hurry. I have them losing to: @Indiana, @Purdue, @Ohio State, @Michigan State, @Northwestern, @Illinois

 6(TIE).  Purdue

Current Record: (11-3)

Predicted B1G Record: (10-8)

Another team that could go either way. They could go 10-8 or 8-10 easily. They have to avoid losing a big lead as they have done in their losses this year. I think they are good and with Hummel leading them, should behave better than they did in non-conference play. I have them losing to: @Minnesota, @Michigan State, @Northwestern, @Ohio State, @Illinois, Michigan State, @Michigan, Indiana

 6(TIE).  Illinois

Current Record: 12-2

Predicted B1G Record: (10-8)

Really didn't expect them to allow Minnesota to hang around. They have been pretty impressive this year, but I'm not convinced they can play with the big boys. They have one of the most difficult Big Ten Conference schedules, they play conference bottom dwellers Iowa and Penn State only once. I have them losing to: @Purdue, @Northwestern, @Ohio State, @Minnesota, @Indiana, @Michigan, @Ohio State, @Wisconsin

 8.  Northwestern

Current Record: (10-3)

Predicted B1G Record: (8-10)

Suprsied they got blow out by OSU. I still think they can pull off some upsets, but they need a couple of key wins to make the tournament. If they play well enough they could go 9-9 or 10-8, but once again if they lose a couple of those games they should win, it will hurt them badly. I have them beating: Penn State, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, @Iowa

 9.  Minnesota

Current Record: 12-2

Predicted B1G Record: (7-11)

Minnesota and Northwestern's play will decide whether teams like Illinois and Purdue get 10 or 11 wins. IF they play well at home they shouldn't lose 12 games, but without Trevord Mbakwe I'm a very concerned about them even winning 7 or 8 games. I have them beating: Iowa, Purdue, @Penn State, Northwestern, Illinois, @Iowa, Nebraska

 10(TIE).  Nebraska

Current Record: (8-4)

Predicted B1G Record: (3-15)

Every conference has to have the bottom dwellers, but the Big Ten's are still solid, but won't be competetive enough to beat anyone of signicnace. I have them beating: Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa

 10(TIE).  Penn State

Current Record: (8-5)

Predicted B1G Record: (3-15)

I think Nebraska is better than them, but this low in the conference it isn't that big of a deal. I have them beating: Nebraska, Iowa, Northwestern.

 12.  Iowa

Current Record: (8-6)

Predicted B1G Record: (2-16)

Iowa is the worst team in the Big Ten, yet still doesn't have a losing record. The Big 10 is the best top to bottom conference in the nation. I have them beating: Nebraska, Penn State

Posted on: March 20, 2010 11:50 am

Saturday Round 2 Predictions

There are some interesting matchups today but i don't see there being many upsets. There were so many upsets in the first round they're are plenty of uneven matchups.

Here are my predictions for today:

#2 Villanova 82 over #10 St. Mary's 78
#5 Butler 65 over #13 Murray State 57
#6 Tennessee 76 over #14 Ohio 73
#1 Kansas 84 over #9 Northern Iowa 72
#3 Baylor 56 over #11 Old Dominion 43
#3 New Mexico 79 over #11 Washington 77
#2 Kansas State 68 over #7 Brigham Young 61
#1 Kentucky 74 over #9 Wake Forest 70
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 10, 2010 10:34 am

Mid-Season Big Ten Predictions

We are about half-way through the year, and since I did a preseason prediction, I thought I'd do a mid-season one.

Here were the preseason predictions:

1. Michigan State 15-3
2. Purdue 14-4
3. Ohio State 12-6
4. Michigan 12-6
5. Minnesota 11-7
6. Illinois 11-7
7. Wisconsin 9-9
8. Northwestern 6-12
9. Indiana 4-14
10. Penn State 4-14
11. Iowa 1-17

Here are the new predictions and changes:

1. Michigan State 15-3- This team will perform well. In my mind they are still the best team in the Big Ten.
2. Purdue 15-3- A close second to the Spartans.
3. Wisconsin 13-5- This team made the biggest jump of all the teams. They are experienced, and Bo Ryan could easily lead them to another Big 10 championship.
4. Minnesota 11-7- This will be a team to watch for during tourney time.
5. Illinois 10-8
6. Ohio State 10-8- So far this team has been very dissapointing to me, yes, they did lose their best player, but he's back, and they still lost one of their two games.
7. Michigan 9-9
8. Northwestern 6-12- They were ranked for the first time, in what? 60 years? They went down quickly after that.
9. Indiana 6-12- This team will lose some their not supposed to, and win some. I think at home Indiana will always give the other team a run for their money.
10. Penn State 3-15- I really don't know for sure where this team stands.
11. Iowa 1-17- They will win one. Right now it's looking gloomy, but they will win one, i just don't know against who right now.
Posted on: March 28, 2009 10:31 am
Edited on: March 28, 2009 10:31 am

Elite 8 Rankings and Predictions

 Ranking the Elite 8:

 1. Louisville Cardinals: It took them 2 Rounds to heat up, but when they heat up, usually the team their playing is dead meat. The could've easily beaten Arizona by 50. They didn't because they started subbing halfway through the second half, usally a team up by 30 with Ten to go and already subbing would only win by 10, they won by 39. They look like the best team in the nation, they are the best team in the nation.

2.  North Carolina Tar Heels:  It's going to mess up my bracket if they get to the final, but if Louisville and North Carolina make it to the final, it mught be better than last years Championship.


3. Villanova Wildcats

4. Oklahoma Sooners

5. Connecticut Huskies

6. Michigan State Spartans

7. Pittsburgh Panthers

8. Missouri Tigers



Connecticut 97 vs. Missouri 85

Louisville 84 vs. Michigan State 75

North Carolina 89 vs. Oklahoma 86

Villanova 81 vs. Pittsburgh 76


Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:06 pm

Sweet 16 Predictions


North Carolina 86 over Gonzaga 71



Louisville 78 over Arizona 73



Pittsburgh 69 over Xavier 61


Connecticut 88 over Purdue 74


Memphis 77 over Missouri 70



Villanova 86 over Duke 78



Syracuse 84 over Oklahoma 78 OT

Kansas 72 over Michigan State 70


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